For those who were looking for the upmarket small car, the Audi A3 is one of the better offerings with an excellent interior. It's competing against premium rivals but has the edge for many reasons.
There is a good choice of petrol and diesel engines, the former units are fuel efficient and modern while the diesels are powerful while being refined. Among the choices is an excellent 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol unit producing 300 bhp found in the Audi S3. A revamp in 2016 saw the addition of the firm's new 1.0 litre petrol engine which is a good performer – it is cheap to run while delivering nippy performance. For drivers who are looking for diesel performance, there’s a choice of either 1.6 litre or 2.0 litre engines with the 1.6 litre unit producing 108 bhp which means it's cheap to run and will deliver economy of around 72 mpg while having emissions lower than 100g/km. There’s also a new 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 187 bhp with economy of 50 mpg which delivers a responsive and enjoyable drive. Economy for the range is between 47 mpg and 72mpg.
A revamp led to the Audi A3 delivering a more comfortable cabin, it's possibly the best in its segment, and it's driving enjoyment levels were also boosted. However, the interior design and materials used are equal to those in higher segments and the seats are comfortable for long journeys.
For those who need the extra space, the Audi A3 Sportback will deliver more room for those in the rear seat and a larger boot. On the road, the A3 has lots of grip to deliver an enjoyable ride along winding country roads but it really comes into its own on long motorway journeys when it's a comfortable place to spend time in. It's also great to drive around town with light controls and responsive engines.
As potential should owners should expect, the Audi A3 has a long list of standard equipment, including an impressive 7-inch infotainment system, air conditioning and DAB digital radio. Additional kit introduced for the revamp included automatic wipers and lights, cruise control and a smart phone interface. Drivers of the Audi A3 will also find there's plenty of safety equipment too including tyre pressure monitoring, air bags and electronic stability control. There's also a system to detect whether the driver is feeling tired.
Essentially, the Audi A3 delivers a stylish and impressive addition to the segment with good levels of performance and economy; there’s a lot to recommend it and it is a comfortable car to drive round town and on motorways.
Why not have a look at the Audi A3 on the official Audi UK company website and get the latest news about the A3 in the UK at The UK Audi Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the A3 on the Top Gear website.
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