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AUDI A3 Diesel Saloon

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Audi A3 Review

Highlights

• Excellent interior quality

• Great range of engine and body options

• Much-improved driver enjoyment with latest model

Arval’s pick of the range: Audi A3 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technik 5dr manual

 

Audi A3 - Overview

The A3 is Audi’s family hatchback competitor, available in a wide variety of model choices. Three-door, five-door Sportback, four-door saloon and two-door Convertible are all on offer, as well as the performance S3 (three-door, saloon and Convertible), RS3 (three-door and saloon) models and the plug-in hybrid A3 e-tron Sportback. An RS3 Sportback will follow later in 2017.

DRIVING

What is the Audi A3 like to drive?

Audis have always been nice and comfortable and the latest generation of A3 is also fun to drive. But this level of driver enjoyment doesn’t come at the expense of the great ride quality, making the car a very capable all-rounder. Engine refinement across the range is good but the petrol engines are especially smooth. And all engines offer decent performance for their respective power outputs. Excellent interior quality combines with good refinement and ride quality to make the A3 a perfectly pleasant place to cover big distances, and the well-weighted steering manages to be light-enough around town but still offer enough weight to be engaging.

 

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.0 TFSI 116hp, 104-108g/km CO2 (19-20% BIK), 60.1-62.8mpg
  • 1.4 TFSI 150hp, 107-113g/km CO2 (20-21% BIK), 57.6-62.8mpg
  • 2.0 TFSI 190hp, 129-134g/km CO2 (24-25% BIK), 47.9-50.4mpg
  • S3 2.0 TFSI quattro 310hp, 146-163g/km CO2 (28-31% BIK), 39.8 - 44.1mpg
  • e-tron 1.4 TFSI 150hp, 38g/km CO2 (9% BIK), 166.2mpg

 

Diesel engines:

  • 1.6 TDI 116hp, 106-109g/km CO2 (23% BIK), 67.3-72.4mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 150hp, 105-126g/km CO2 (23-27% BIK), 57.6-70.6mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 184hp, 117-129g/km CO2 (25-27% BIK), 58.9-64.2mpg

 

Gearboxes:

  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 7-speed automatic

 

Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2 then why not try our calculator, to help you work out your running costs.
 

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Audi A3 trim levels explained

There’s a wide variety of trim levels for the Audi A3, with a total of five options, kicking off with SE. Key items of standard spec of the Audi A3 are:

SE

  • DAB radio
  • 16” alloys
  • Auto lights and wipers
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth
  • 7” retractable infotainment screen
  • Two USB points

 

SE Technik (in addition to SE)

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Sat nav
  • Three-month trial of Audi’s Connect system

 

Sport (in addition to SE Technik)

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Audi Drive Select system
  • Sports cloth front seats
  • 17” alloys

 

S-line (in addition to Sport)

  • Sports leather front seats
  • Visual body enhancements
  • LED interior lighting pack
  • 18” alloys
  • LED headlights and rear lights with dynamic rear indicators
  • Sports suspension

 

Black Edition

  • Upgraded 18” alloys
  • Black styling pack
  • Upgraded audio system
  • Rear privacy glass

 

 

How to spec the Audi A3

The higher trims (especially the S-line with its visual adornments) are alluring and the SE Technik spec keeps cost under control while still offering sat nav, air conditioning, DAB radio and cruise control. Going for this spec also means it’s an easier justification to step up to the 150hp diesel and, in manual form at least, the 2.0-litre matches the 1.6 for CO2 emissions figures. If you’re saving money on going up the trim levels, options such as the £300 heated seats (combined with rear parking sensors and Bang & Olufsen sound system for £735 in the Vision & Sound pack) or even the excellent £1395 Technology Pack Advanced are well worth considering.

 

Audi A3 Interior – what’s it like?

Audi’s interior quality is always impressive in terms of design, usability and quality of materials. The infotainment system, including navigation where fitted, is clear and logical, and the front seats are comfortable for long journeys. Rear seat space is in line with what you’d expect in the sector. In terms of boot space, the three-door boasts 365 litres, the Sportback offers 380 litres as well as the square mini-estate car shape and 1220 litres with the rear seats dropped, and the saloon has 425 litres.

THE ALTERNATIVES

Audi A3 Alternatives

Alternative options include the BMW 1 Series, Lexus CT, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Volkswagen Golf and Volvo V40.

VERDICT

Verdict

A classy and capable premium small car, the A3’s appeal comes initially from the kudos of its prestige badge, but that leads to a car that’s good to drive, has an excellent interior and is refined and comfortable on long or short journeys.

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*Based on 6 advanced payments followed by 35 months and 30,000 miles. Excludes maintenance and additional options. Subject to terms, conditions and status. Images are for illustrative purposes only.