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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

    Jay Maniar Date: 06/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I traded in my Lexus IS200 Sport for an A3 2.0 TDi Sport. Best decision I've made! There's so much torque art low revs when compared to the Lex, it's also very well put together. I've done 2000 miles since picking it up in September and averages around 38 mpg in mixed town and motorway driving.

    The wife absolutely loves it. My only complaint is that the sports suspension is a little too harsh, maybe I'll change it for an SE later?

    Oh yeah, it could have done with a few more toys, but maybe I'm a little spoilt after parting with a Lexus.

  • 2.0 FSI 3dr

    Nicolas Chopin , Hampshire . Date: 05/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned the A3 2.0 FSI for now 10 months from new, it has gone back to the garage 10 times. Faults I have experienced on this car are:

    1. Clutch Foot Rest Replacement (had not been secured and was rattling) 2. Dashboard needed to be refitted (approx. 2 inches lower on right hand side) 3. Driver Information System Giving Incorrect Readings and needed to be reset 4. Splashback on fuel filling (cannot be rectified - have to hold fuel nozzle upside down) 5. Oil Level Warning Light faulty and needed to be replaced 6. Stereo Faulty (Sound disappearing intermittently) - took 6 visits to fix 7. Driver Side door handle fell off 8. Loose cable inside cabin needed to be secured 9. Windscreen Wiper failure doing 70 mph on A1 in heavy downpour 10. Complete Power failure doing 70mph on A34

    So in summary, while the car drives extremely well, it has been an inconvenient car to own and on 2 occasions highly dangerous. Poor all round.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 3dr

    len jones , clwyd . Date: 02/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Exellent car in every way, exept for poor visibility when reversing.

  • 2.0 FSI 3dr

    Rohan Perinpanayagam , Middx . Date: 20/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I traded in my Audi A4 2.0 for a smaller more econmoical model this summer.

    As I was tied to Audi Finance, I decided to opt for the new variant Audi A3. I had intended to trade down to an A2 but found the transition too hard to stomach. Hence ended up buying a 2.0 FSi 3dr in Toucan Yellow. I was attracted to this car as it stood out in a crowd and has extremely low milage (slightly over 2k on purchase).

    The addition of a rear spolier, nice ABT alloys, light pack, 6 CD interchanger, alloy gear stick, heated seat etc tempted me to this car.

    All in all I'm very pleased with my purchase, on hind sight I should have waited to see how the new VW Golf GTI faired before buying another Audi.

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