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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 3dr

    Martin Bellamy , Gloucestershire . Date: 26/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    Purchased car in September 2003. It had a rattle under the bonnet which Newton Abbot cured while I waited. The horn failed, replaced FOC. Finaly all four tyres were found to be cracked and would not balance. Audi were (very)not interested. However Dunlop were terrific. I bought four new tyres, they examined the faulty ones and gave me over 50% back though I had done 18,000 miles. I am still on the replacenments. Will stick with Dunlop.(45,000 miles) In January 2008 an emission light stuck on. £450 later car fixed. Loan car provided. Thought about changing it but couldn't afford an A4 so decided to take a warranty and save money. Great car to drive, overtaking is a doddle, with av. 52mpg over 4 1/2 years. Interior unmarked and Audi Swindon excellent, Head Office dreadful. Don't like? Doesn't cope with our rotten roads and I feel every bump and pothole.Two door is a pain but didn't make the five door.

  • 1.6 FSI 3dr

    Stella Maris Date: 25/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my car brand new. Despite its high price, I felt it was worth its money and I wanted to have a car I could be confident and comfortable with.

    However, I haven't stopped having problems with it since then. The air conditioning system was not working. Thankfully it was still under guarantee as the dealer service had to change the compresor twice! I was however, displeased I was without a car for many days, On top of that the problem was not really fixed! The airconditioning is making a terrible noise and so does the heating. At the beginning of each summer I must have the airconditioning system looked into and everytime I turn in on I am not certain it will work!

    The other problem I had was the key for automatic locking and unlocking - it simply didn't work. Again I had to take the car 3-4 times to the dealer service before the problem could be resolved.

    Now the ABS light goes on and the temperature indication remains at "0". The car was connected to the computer to find out what the problem is. The machine is not responding and I need to make another trip to the service dealer. I don't know if the problem can be resolved and I don't want to think what it will cost!

    I am very disappointed cause I paid a lot of money for trouble. I plan to sell this car as soon as possible and will never touch an Audi again.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Quattro Sport 3dr

    Stephen Norris Date: 07/01/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned the A3 now for 18 months from new and overall I am very pleased with it. It took some time to get over the cost of the car in relation to its rivals and size, but when you are in the car you soon get past that feeling.

    Most of my journeys are long and I find the Audi is comfortable and a pleasing place to be over those journeys. I find the handling and speed on A roads great as long as your revs are high and working at good speed. It feels like a much bigger, more solid powerful car than it actually is. The disappointing aspect I have always found is the limited rev range on acceleration. It is something that I have never got used to, perhaps coming from sporty petrol engines previously has affected my perception. A straight forward overtaking manoeuvre from 30-70 mph feels like it requires too many gear changes although if you get it right, with well timed changes then the car will rocket ahead nicely.

    I would recommend the A3 to anyone with the relative deeper pockets to buy one. Overall a classy big feeling car, quick, economical even with quattro, and reasonable resale values given the hike in the starting price. You might think that buying a golf or a focus is as good as an Audi for cheaper money, which is fine to think that when the budget is tight, but in truth the Audi is a far better car and you can feel it sat behind the wheel.

    Finally - only one trip to the dealer in all this time for a faulty brake light, fixed with no fuss at all.

  • 1.8 TFSI 3dr

    andrew lawrence , emgland . Date: 12/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Audi have dropped a bit of a clanger with the new 1.8Tfsi engine. While it revs freely and pulls well on both 'A' roads and the motorway, the economy is far from satisfactory. Keeping the speed to a steady 70mph in sixth gear the best that can be achieved is 31mpg. Urban driving will result in a figure in the low 20s. When the car was returned for these figures to be investigated we where informed that this was indeed the correct consumption for this vehicle.

    A little disappointing as the brochure states 48mgp – ok we never expected this kind of economy from a petrol vehicle but figured it would be in the high thirties or low forties.

    The build quality is as you would expect from Audi but we still had a fair few faults including the rain sensor failing (even Audi could not get this to work!). The most major problem was the air flow sensor and throttle body needing replacing at 3000 miles.

    At 4500 miles we decided enough was enough and traded the car in at just 6 months old. A great shame as it was a car that promised a lot and delivered very little.

    After sales service from the dealers can best be described as mediocre and from Audi head office as total disinterest.

    Considering the initial high purchase cost of Audi models in hindsight we would have maybe chosen a product from one of the more mainstream manufacturers.

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