The A3 we ordered back in mid-August is finally coming in next week and it is perfect timing for Christmas. Can't wait to see how the quattro stacks up against our Outback AWD in New England. congrats on the new car...i think apples to apples you'd find quattro and subi awd to be pretty similar, but going from an outback (legacy wagon, i'm assuming) to an a3 will be a completely different driving experience. the a3 is a tight little handler and will feel like its on rails compared to the outback. B7 a4s and all a3s have that small car nimbleness that is tough to find outside of a true sports coupe these days...why i'd take a b7 a4/s4 over a b8 any day of the week. for reference i drive an 07 a4 2.0tqm with a chip, hi-flow cat, and stasis coilovers. this will hold me over until I find an rs4. i will never drive anything but a subi or an audi (well, maybe a 911 but only in addition to one of those two).