Our cars: Audi A3 Saloon - July

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  • Our A3 Saloon's controls feel as precise and high quality as those in an aircraft

    Our A3 Saloon's controls feel as precise and high quality as those in an aircraft

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Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 Sport

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Week ending July 25

Mileage 4600
Driven this week 350 miles

Following colleague Rob Keenan's report last week about his issues with the A3 Saloon's auto hold function, I've had an entirely different issue with it this week. 

On the whole it's been great, and although it does occasionally take a fraction too long to release as you pull away (as mentioned last week), I reckon I can live with that.

However, I've got a different gripe. Three times now in the past week I've pulled up to a set of traffic lights on an upslope, with the auto hold engaged, but when I've engaged neutral and raised the clutch to stop the engine the auto hold has released and the car has started to roll backwards. It's as if the car thinks it's still in gear and I'm trying to pull away. Luckily, I've always been alert enough to stop the car before it has moved very far.

I suspect it could be a slightly iffy sensor, and if it keeps happening I'll get the car booked in to a dealer for a fix.

By Euan Doig
Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 Sport

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Week ending July 18

Mileage 4250
Driven this week 295 miles

I have a love-hate affair with the auto hold function on the electronic handbrake in my regular long-termer, the VW Golf. To be honest it’s more love than hate, because it works pretty well most of the time.
The A3 has the same feature, but this relationship is definitely more hate than love. The brake applies itself as it should, when you come to a halt, but it doesn’t always release cleanly when you pull away; sometimes it feels as if the brake pads are going to be torn out of the calipers.
It seems to be related to how quickly you lift the clutch pedal - do it too fast and the car just can’t react fast enough.

It’s not like I’ve been trying to beat people at the traffic lights, though, so a trip to the dealer may be in order.

By Rob Keenan
Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com


Week ending July 4
Mileage 3550
Driven this week 315 miles

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours in a flight simulator earlier in the week, and borrowed the Audi 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
Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com

Our cars: Audi A3 Saloon - June

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