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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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85 reader reviews for Audi A3 Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 S line 3dr

    Ian Honeywell , Worcs . Date: 06/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In Misano Red, the car was handed over Audi style. Very thoroughly!

    The build is good and of very high quality, although not as solid feeling as my previous A4.

    After 19,000 in five months, nothing has broken and, despite spirited driving the front 18-inch 225/40 have only just needed replacing. There is however a buzz from the rear-seat area, which I chosen to leave until the first service.

    On the road the car is hushed. Grip levels are high and the brakes can knock off high speed with ease, backed up with a great ESP system. The steering is sharp without being too sharp for day-to-day use. The assistance varies according to speed but is perhaps too light at higher speeds. The ride is very firm and flat, although rarely harsh.

    The DSG gearbox is a pure delight and in a league of its own. Being faster and more economical than the manual, there is no let up in the power when up-changing. Six forward gears can be controlled automatically in standard or sport mode. In sport, the car will select the gear to give you maximum power. It's very responsive, but can sound odd in town.

    In manual, gears are selected in traditional Tipronic style or by the paddles. However, in manual mode, once the revs hit the red line, the computer deems an up-change required and that is what you get.

    Overall, it's not cheap but is well equipped, and very little can match its mid-range punch.

    Petrol heads continue to be wowed by the performance. The rest to 62mph figures do not

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 3dr

    steffan davidson , lanarkshire . Date: 20/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Excellent car, both frugal and fast. The DSG gearbox is brilliant. The standard equipment is disappointing at this price. The ride can feel uncomfortable over poor surfaces. The seat-folding mechanisim to enter the back-seat is irratating. Handling and performance are superb. The interior trim looks great.

  • 2.0 FSI Sport 3dr

    Paulo Reichert Date: 07/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have got this Audi A3 Sport 2.0 FSI as my company car and it has a good pack of options like the Xenon headlamps, leather upholstery, Symphony II + Bose audio system including CD changer, cruise control and other goodies.

    This car shows quality and comfort everywhere. The seats are great and the overall feel of the cabin is top-notch. A week driving a Vectra Estate (last model) highlighted the quality of this Audi.

    The driving is always a pleasure and every time I switch off the car I'm already looking forward to the next drive. It handles wonderfully and gives you a great feeling of control, inviting you to try it a little harder.

    For my taste, this car is awesome-looking and the 17-inch five-spoke alloys increase the sporty feeling.

    All in all, this is certainly the best car I have had so far. As my car is late '53-registration and I will use it only for three years, I'm already starting at look which Audi I'll have next as this A3 has left me a really good impression.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 3dr

    Martin Spindler , South Derbyshire . Date: 15/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After owning a couple of Golfs, the latter being a 150PD an Audi seemed to be the natural progression, especially as the Mark 5 Golf has reduced interior quality in comparison to the previous model.

    The A3 has a superbly built and appointed interior which offers a high-class feel at every 'touch' point.

    Externally the car has an understated yet sporting presence amplified by the low and sleek shape.

    Handling is well improved over the previous model and offers for me the perfect blend between refinement and sporting prowess, entering and exiting corners instils a sense of confidence and damping is sufficient for all but the worst of road surfaces.

    Performance is adequate in accelaration terms and mid-range and overtaking capabilities are spot on, this coupled with good fuel economy make for high degree of satisfaction from an ownership point of view.

    I have been so impressed that I am now considering the new Sportback 2.0TDI DSG to replace my wife's company vehicle in the near future.

    On the subject of purchase price, this may be on the high side but the quality more than compensates.

    One happy Audi owner.

Audi A3 Hatchback

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