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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

    Michael Prudham Date: 06/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    I bought my A3 used from Audi in Bolton. I bought it after test driving the Golf 1.9tdi, then 2,0tdi, the audi just seemed a lot better quality, and I still believe that now, but I don’t know whether its worth the extra £4k!

    My only problem with it so far was that I had to get Audi Assist out to it when the ‘Emission System’ warning light appeared on the dash board But I was amazed that the engine was taken apart on my drive and the offending item replaced under warranty! Well done Audi Assist!

    It has now done 40,000 miles and is approaching 3 years old and although the interior is just like it was the day it came out of the showroom. I don’t have much confidence that it will be problem free once it goes out of warranty.

    Plus: Looks good Quality of interior excellent Good power and economy (50 mpg) Dealer service excellent

    Minus: Servicing costs (although service interval is +18k miles) Needs 2 new tyres (£110 each) every 10,000 miles The worry that as soon as it goes out of warranty things will go wrong and it will cost a fortune to fix!

    In summary, it’s a great car, the only regret I have had it that I didn’t buy the DSG!

  • 1.6 SE 3dr

    Su Davies Date: 10/11/2007
    • 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

    I bought a 6 year old A3 1.6 Se 3 door from a dealer nearly two months ago, as I am doing much higher mileage in my job.

    The quality of the interior and exterior is still outstanding despite its age. The Alcantara seat and interior finish looks like new, apart from a little minor wear on the arm rest. The car has now done 50k ( I have done 3k so far) and the engine sounds clean and really quite powerful for a 1.6.

    It is not as fast as some of the larger enginer models, but if you drop the clutch, you can get away very quickly at lights when you need to.

    The handling of this car is intuitive, it really grips the road in all conditions and the sports seats are comfortable enough to drive in for hours without feeling over-tired.

    I find the suspension on this model a little stiffer than others that I have driven, but it is not a bone rattler by any means and if you are having fun on the a-roads, it makes the experience more pleasurable. I like that as a driver you are not too high up in the car, though you can adjust the seating and steering column if you are a taller person to suit your needs.

    I have a custom fit Kenwood CD player so cannot comment on the factory standard, but the speaker sound quality is great.

    On the whole, i cannot fault this car, but have marked down running costs purely because the insurance group for this car is high for a 1.6, and I can only think this is because of the prestige associated with Audis name.

  • 1.9 TDI Sport 3dr

    Peter Evans Date: 18/10/2007
    • 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

    Have owned an 05 1.9TDi Sport 3dr from new. Must say it's the first time I've bought a new car so didn't know what to expect. However, the sales process was easy and managed to negotiate a fair discount off list. Owning has been generally a pleasure, a good car to drive, sure if a little hard in the ride, but Audi's are known for that so if you don't like the ride don't buy one! First service was fairly painless but a second is now due, have already been told we require rear brakes after a "clunking" from the rear when reversing, and the driver's seat mechanism has broke after two years (repaired under warranty). In short extremely happy with the build of the car and so far the reliability. In hindsight would have purchased the 2.0 TDi for the extra power, and looking to buy a new A4 next year to replace my other car. Dealer service could be better and the part exchange prices are insulting. Won't be going back to the dealer that supplied the A3!

  • 1.9 TDI Sport 3dr

    katherine hawker Date: 13/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    got car second hand about 2 months ago, its been an awful car since had problems with cooling fans, electrics and now the car sits on my drivway with no gears at all. service from Audi is complete rubish, Audi have no intrest in car owners they only car about fleet customers. preparing to seel car now, will never look at Audi again !!!!!!

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