Deal of the day: Audi A3

  •  Save nearly £2000 on Audi's premium hatchback
  •  Superb build quality and strong resale values
  •  Smooth and powerful 1.4 TFSI engine

We scour the internet broker sites to bring you big discounts on new cars every week. The brokers work with UK main dealers to offer these savings on the latest models.

The car: Audi A3 1.4 TFSI 125 SE
The saving: £1895
The discounted price: £17,687
The broker: orangewheels.co.uk

For
As premium hatches go, the Audi A3 is one of the best. Combining excellent build quality with smooth and powerful engines, it has always been a pleasant and relaxing car to spend time in.

The 1.4-litre turbo petrol in this car has a good mix of power and efficiency, propelling the car from zero to 62mph in 9.2sec while also returning an average of 55.4mpg.

The cabin is built to Audi’s exacting quality standards and everything you touch feels solid and expensive. SE spec comes with Bluetooth, USB input, voice control, and air-con. SE also rides on softer suspension, which means it's more compliant over broken road surfaces.

Although it costs slightly more than its stablemate, the Volkswagen Golf, it holds on to its value better, so you’ll recover more costs when you come to sell it. It should also be reasonably cheap to run, with low CO2 output and good fuel efficiency.

Against
Yes, it’s plusher than its rivals, but it's also pricier. A Volkswagen Golf is cheaper, a Seat Leon is cheaper still, and a Skoda Octavia is even cheaper and has a bigger boot.

Firmer Sport and S line models can be specified with stiffer suspension set-ups. These make the car less comfortable and refined on the move and are best avoided. SE suspension can be specified as a no-cost option on all trims.

Should I add any options?
SE spec comes with plenty of kit, so we’d keep the costs down and avoid the options list. Having said that, the DSG auto gearbox is a popular addition for just under £1500.

Leather upholstery costs an extra £1115, heated seats are £260 and rear parking sensors are £345. Choose options wisely as the price will rocket.

What next?
Go to orangewheels.co.uk and select Audi and A3 from the drop-down menus to see the range of deals on offer.

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