Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport
Week ending February 21
Driven this week 120 miles
Read the full Audi A3 Sportback review
A brief update on our A3's sporadic connection to my Nexus 5 mobile phone, outlined in these pages back in December and picked up on by several readers (you've been emailing me about it ever since, in fact).
I've taken the plunge and switched media players on my phone, in the hope that it could cure the problem. It's worth remembering, admittedly, that the entire connection was dropping - phone, music, SMS messages, the works - and not just my tunes. However, I've been wondering if the standard player itself (Google Music) was just glitching so badly that the Audi was kicking it off as punishment.
I've now installed a music app called DoubleTwist (I think it's available for iOS and Android, incidentally) and, touch wood, it seems to be working. I'll report back again in a coupe of weeks' time; the A3 hasn't got that long left with us now, and it'll be good to get to the bottom of this particular issue before it departs.
By John McIlroy
Week ending February 14
Driven this week 210 miles
Our Teddington offices are about as far into London as I like to go, so a trip to Leicester Square for an event the other evening wasn't my idea of fun. My sense of London geography is appalling, too (much to the continual amusement of What Car?'s editor-in-chief Chas Hallett), so I jumped in the A3 and placed myself firmly in the hands of its sat-nav system.
Frankly, I thought it was being a bit on the optimistic side with its ETA; we were heading through some of London's busiest thoroughfares, including the Hammersmith flyover area and Piccadilly. Yet we arrived at our destination just off Haymarket barely a minute after the original prediction.
Fluke? We left the same spot at 08.45am the next morning, with plenty of rush hour flare-ups still around, and once again, the Audi's estimate of our arrival time was correct to within a couple of minutes.
Perhaps I've just become so used to sat-nav systems being out on journey times by 25% that I've stopped looking and missed some recent improvement in traffic updates. However, while the backbone of information services on current conditions has undoubtedly improved over the past couple of years, I'd like to think the A3 Sportback was still making particularly effective use of the data at its disposal.
By John McIlroy