I took my 6 to the dealer for the fuel canister recall, and they handed me keys to a 2014 3. I was excited to have a chance to drive one of these after reading how close together they were.
Within six miles I wanted my car back...
The interior is god awful, it's much much cheaper than the 6's. The headliner, and "carpet" on the doors are much harsher. The road noise to me seemed as loud if not louder, engine noise seemed to be louder as well. The plastics felt more like the type they use on toddler toys, the arm rest sucked, the Hvac controls felt like the 90s, my 2004 6 had better controls. I hate hate HATE the gauge cluster on the three, they didnt have a cover over them to prevent dust from setting in, barring the speedo. The seats were a wash, I am meh on both the 6's and the 3's. There isn't a storage bin under the TCS Button like the six (SD slot for those with nav on the six)
Things I do like however are, the speedo itself, just the speedo, its under a plastic cover and looks nice, with its red accents.
The cruise displays what the current speed is set to, which yes, I can just get that from looking at the needle, but I found it nice.
The shifter and the area around it, this isn't covered in scratch prone plastic, and the shifter feels much better (It's an auto) imo.
The little carbon fiber weave look alike accents throughout the car are a nice touch as well.
Granted I realize that this is meant to be a cheaper car, it just made me love my car even more than before, I am spoiled.
Everything said, I want my car back