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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 Sport 3dr

    andrew shelley , west yorkshire . Date: 02/02/2005
    • 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

    With diesels so good, why bother with a petrol?

    The only thing against this car is that they only made a three-door when it came out. The new 5 door doesnt look as good.

  • 3.2 V6 Quattro Sport 3dr

    John Hartog , Bedfordshire . Date: 29/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    With a 3.2-litre engine, it is easy to assume that economy may not be one of its endearing features yet over 32,000 miles the car has returned just over 30mpg.

    To date the car has had one service, using Audi's variable interval service schedule at a cost of £184. The A3 has prooved reliable although the sensors went AWOL and it the Audi dealer a week to figure the problem and why it was occuring. It was suggested that I only use super unleaded where ever possible.

    The A3 is very comfortable on long joumeys, at least sitting in the front, the back is strictly for the shorter persons. In the snow, the Quattro system came into its own, it was able to maintain traction when other saloons had given up the will to live. The traction control systems work seamlessly and most of the time you are oblivous to their intervention, your only indication was that you moved when other car did not.

    The brakes are good, perhaps over servoed at low speed, this is accomadated very quickly.

    Luggage space is at a premuim, if necessary you can always put down the back seat. The car provides an all round experience transporting its occupants in comfort and peace and quiet.

    But perhaps the best part is the fact that mine is debadged and on the odd occasion can really surprice Mr Porche, the details of which I cannot divulge probably due to the speed involved.

    A great little car

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 3dr

    Christopher McIvor Date: 23/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    I have had this car for five months and done 13,000 miles in that time. Reliabilty has been excellent as is build quality and fuel economy.

    I think BMWs and Mercs appear cheap and plastic next to this car. Don't get me wrong, the quality comes at a price, but I feel it is worth it.

    The only other minor quirks are that ventilation is air-con or nothing and there is no full-size spare, just a spacesaver.

    I would recommend spending extra on the BOSE sound system as the sound quality is second to none. Overall, I'm very pleased with the car and look forward to owning it for several years to come.

  • 2.0 FSI 3dr

    Ann Rattle , Kent . Date: 12/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    I bought my Audi A3 2.0 FSi SE as a replacement for my mark 4 VW Golf 2.0 GTi. The design is excellent and the build top class. The ride can be joggly on our poor roads, although most bumps are soaked up well. Some surfaces can set up some unpleasant resonances, but it isn't a problem. Handling is secure and fun, while performance is reasonable. It isn't a performance car, but is brisk away from the lights and has a good top speed. The six-speed gearbox is better 8500 miles down the line that it was when new. There are a couple of niggles: the fuel neck can suffer splashback when filling up, and the dipstick is impossible to read. My cruise control has also sufferd an intermittent fault. I will certainly buy one again.

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