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Audi A3

The refined Audi A3 is good, but costs more than VW Golf it is based on

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.6 102 hp 7 l/100km Petrol 11.9 s 185 km/h
1.9 TDI 105 hp 4.9 l/100km Diesel 11.4 s 187 km/h
1.6 FSI 115 hp 6.5 l/100km Petrol 10.9 s 196 km/h
2.0 TDI quattro 140 hp 6.4 l/100km Diesel 9.7 s 201 km/h
2.0 TDI 140 hp 5.5 l/100km Diesel 9.5 s 207 km/h
2.0 FSI 150 hp 6.9 l/100km Petrol 9.1 s 211 km/h
2.0 FSI quattro 200 hp 8.8 l/100km Petrol 7 s 234 km/h
2.0 TFSI 200 hp 7.7 l/100km Petrol 6.9 s 236 km/h
3.2 V6 24V quattro 250 hp 10.6 l/100km Petrol 6.5 s 250 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3/5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front/All
Length 4 203 mm
Width 1 765 mm
Height 1 421 mm
Wheelbase 2 578 mm
Ground clearance 120 mm
Weight (normal) 1 205 kg
Weight (max) 1 765 kg
Boot space (min) 350 l
Boot space (max) 1 100 l
Fuel capacity 55 l


   The refined Audi A3 hatchback is produced since 2003. It is available as a 3- or 5-door hatchback.

   The Audi A3 is powered by a wide range of engines. The entry-level 1.6-liter petrol delivers 102 hp, but it  needs to be worked hard, while the top of the range 3.2-liter V6 has a good sporty stance. However the star buy would be any of the turbodiesel engines, as they offer the best balance between performance and fuel economy.

   The Audi A3 is not as entertaining to drive as it's rival the BMW Compact, but it is still fun. It has a good grip and body control. Overall handling is good, but it could give more feedback to the driver. Ride is firm on the entry-level versions, but it is not uncomfortable. The only exceptions are models fitted with sport suspension.

   Unfortunately the turbodiesel engines are noise when worked hard, however it fades at the motorway speed. Car's interior is also well isolated from wind and road noises. In general despite it's small size the Audi A3 is well suited for long trips.

   The Audi A3 will cost you slightly more than the Volkswagen Golf it is based on, because of it's prestige badge. However it will keep it's value well and running costs should be reasonable for all but the V6 models.

   Inside the car everything is made from the quality materials that are put together nicely. All controls are logically positioned around the driver and are easy to read and to use. Driver's position is also comfortable.

   The A3 offers plenty of space for the front passengers, but the rear accommodation is limited and is more suitable for children rather than adults. The boot is spacious and should take all your luggage.

   The small Audi comes with a twin front, side and curtain air bags as standard. Furthermore every car is fitted with the electronic stability control and electronic brake distribution systems. On the standard security equipment list there are deadlocks and alarm.

   The Audi A3 is available in four trim variants. Every car comes with front electric windows and alloy wheels, while upgrading to the SE or a Sport trim will add air-conditioning and a CD-player. The S line models are completed with aggressive body kit.

   Production of the Audi A3 still continues.


   Advantages: The Audi A3 drives nicely, furthermore it has appealing looks inside and out and is built to the highest standards.

   Disadvantages: Too expensive to buy. Steering isn't as precise as on some of it's German rivals.

   Verdict: Good, but costs more than VW Golf it is based on.

   Also consider: BMW Compact, Mercedes Sports Coupe.


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