Our cars: Audi A3 Saloon, BMW i3 and Mini Cooper

Read the latest updates on the What Car? long-term test fleet. Our A3 Saloon’s controls feel as precise as an aircraft’s, and we do a quick fix of our i3’s electric socket flap cover.
Our Audi A3 Saloon's controls feel as precise and high quality as those in an aircraft
Our Audi A3 Saloon's controls feel as precise and high quality as those in an aircraft

Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Audi A3 Saloon, BMW i3 range-extender and Mini Cooper.

Audi A3 Saloon

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours in a flight simulator earlier in the week, and borrowed the A3 Saloon for the trip from Dorset to Northampton.

The buttons, switches and knobs in a plane’s cockpit operate very precisely, as you might imagine. Everything clicks or whirs, and feels like it’ll last forever. All very reassuring.

When I got back in the Audi after my ‘flight’, and was setting the air-con temperature, I was struck by how similar the A3’s controls felt. More positive clicking and a feeling of solidity you don’t get in many other cars.

Audi interiors have led the way for many years. I sometimes wonder if we’re beginning to sound like a broken record when, in test after test, we praise another Audi’s superb build quality and materials. It really is true, though. They’re top notch.

By Rob Keenan

Read all of our updates on life with our Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI.

In the car park

Director of testing John McIlroy finds a quick fix for the BMW i3’s detached electric plug socket flap cover.

Deputy content editor Ed Callow thinks the new Mini Cooper feels pretty grown up - apart from its tacked-on plastic fuel gauge.

Read more about our long-term test fleet.


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