Audi A3 Saloon 35 TFSI S line 4dr S Tronic Review

Category: Executive car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
4 doors
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RRP £31,270What Car? Target Price£30,208
Review

The Audi A3 Saloon is tidy in the bends, comfortable and well equipped, making it a very competitive option against its closest rivals, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes A-Class Saloon. However, the A4 is worth the extra if you can afford it, because it’s quieter and has a classier and more practical interior. Likewise, the BMW 3 Series betters the A3 in those areas, and it's also more enjoyable to drive.

S line trim brings sportier looks; larger wheels (18in), more heavily bolstered front seats and aluminium interior inlays. You also get stiffer sports suspension as standard, although you can revert to the regular suspension for no extra charge if you value a smooth ride.

This 1.5-litre 148bhp 35 TFSI petrol is our pick of the range. It’s cheaper than the 35 TDI but still gutsy throughout the rev range, pulling handsomely from around 200rpm and spinning freely all the way to the engine's red line. It'll hit the magic 0-60mph time in around 8.0sec (with a manual gearbox) and can average over 40mpg in the real world – both better figures than the BMW 218i Gran Coupe.


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Key information

Doors4
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.4 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

48.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

425

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

131

g/km

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