Positive declarations are filling the logbook about our A3's Direct Shift gearbox: "The DSG is as close to perfect as a sequential manual gets. Downshifts are so smooth and seamless you sometimes don't know they're happening, except for the hyper-quick tach-needle movement. The best part is that there's no upsetting of the chassis when downshifting for a fast, tight curve. Hit the paddle twice and you go from fourth to second, and the chassis stays perfectly settled. So much fun!" It isn't just the gearbox that's causing the staff to fall in love with the A3 after just one drive-this is a sweet car all the way around.