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Car Review - Audi A3 Sportback 1.8 TFSI S-tronic Ambiente (A)
11 Sep 2013  |  Audi Reviews
The second of the A3 lineup gets a bigger 1.8-litre lump for a more sprightly performance. But will it triumph the already potent 1.4-litre base model?
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Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 (A) vs Peugeot 308 1.2 (A) vs Volvo V40 T2 (A)
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   Consumer Reviews of Audi A3 Sportback
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OVERALL RATING
 
3 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
3.5/5
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Handling
4/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
3.5/5 Engine Performance
4/5
2 out of 3 (66.7%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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vbchia
1st Gear
2 reviews
95 points
53 forum posts Joined on 26-Mar-2015
A satisfied new owner  Posted on 26 Mar 2015
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Got my new car 26 December 2014 from Premium Auto. It's been three months, so far here are my findings;

1. Having driven VW/Skoda cars before, in comparison, the Audi feels much better put together, quality materials, insulation, road presence and confidence it gives.
2. Noise insulation is superb except for the tyre noise caused by the sports derivative tyres that came with the car. Perhaps it should be shod with Bridgestone Turanza series instead?
3. After doing 2500km, the 1.4 TFSI starts to feel more lively. When new from the showroom, it was a bit lazy from take off but when at speed, especially if the rpm is from 1500, the take off for overtaking is noticeable.
4. Noticed a lag below 1200 rpm or from stand still, there was a slight hesitation when you floor the pedal when you move off. In comparison to my previous Skoda Octavia 1.4 TFSI, the difference is stark (although I had a remap done which gave it 150 bhp and about 250nm of torque from 1750rpm). That skoda, you can feel the G-force pressing against you. In the A3, hardly noticeable.
5. Fuel consumption is somewhat better than the Octavia. 12.5km/l mixed. Up to 18/19km/l on the highway, quite close to the published 20km/l.
6. Features wise, it has all the bells and whistles that one can hope for, although a navigation system would have been welcomed, it's not very expansive nowadays. I'm not really into installing after market.
7. Advice for those who wants to do a remap, all the ports have been sealed and breaking those seals would void warranty. I'd wait for the car to pass the warranty period before considering it.
8. Space wise, it a lot more spacious now with the MQB platform and longer wheelbase compared to my MK 5 Octavia.

All in all I'm happy with the purchase and would recommend anyone who is considering it.

What I like
-Solid build
-Good range of features (safety and driving aids)
-Good fuel consumption
-Comfort from the MQB platform

What I do not like
- Noticeable lag from standstill
- No navigation software installed
- Should be shod with a quieter set of tyres for Ambiente trim since most purchase it as a family car.

jirotan
Premium User jirotan
Neutral Newbie
1 reviews
0 points
5 forum posts Joined on 16-Dec-2013
I am Surprised by the new A3  Posted on 29 Jan 2014
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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It wasn't on my mind to go for the A3 to start with, being budget conscious during the high COE prices, I was looking forward a nice entry level vehicle for the quality German engineering. Shopping around, there were quite a few new car launches, but once I had stepped into the new A3, I was very surprised by the quality of improvements that are considered in this new A3. Previous model of A3 didn't really catch my eye, but this new one blew my mind (as well as my budget) away.

After one test drive, I was able to feel what this little monster is able to achieve and "trying" the Audi drive select model for the first time, my passengers and myself felt the difference..

The quality materials within gives it a "wow" factor, and although there are plastic materials used, none of the materials felt "cheap"

With the current COE prices hovering at a high level, other makes or models will not feel as good as what I had felt seating in the A3, best of all, the price difference between them are not significantly higher...

Driving the A3 for one month plus now, I can say that this is one of my favorite cars ever driven...

What I like
The quality that you are buying
The features that comes with the car
The overall design of the car

The "wow" factor look from friends

What I do not like
Nothing much actually :)

Mervynwm
Premium User Mervynwm
2nd Gear
102 reviews
205 points
53 forum posts Joined on 15-Mar-2009
So So A3  Posted on 30 Jul 2013
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I will not recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 3/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 4/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 3/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Went to the A3 launch sometime back at F1 pit.

First looks, a slightly wider A3 compared to its predecessor and with better looking daytime LED lights too.

The interior is kinda similar to Mercedes A Class, the recent model but A3 is simpler looks.

The MMI screen is kinda odd as it juts out from the top, should consider putting in as part of console than separate.

Legroom is adequate as slightly spacious than the previous model only, nothing to shout about. Boot space too.

The drive was at the F1 pit for balancing on mechanical plank, speed thru and hit a huge football to goal post and a twist turn short circuit.

The responsiveness of the brakes are good as once SLAM, it BRAKES and doesn't throw you aback unlike the Japanese, Korean or even some Conti makes.

The handling I must say have improved during the twist turn circuit and responsive too.

Gadgets or features wise nothing to shout about as nothing to try as plain basic Audi.

Overall, for sporty handling, this can be a consideration but I still prefer the normal VW Golf (not Sport or GTI), otherwise its the 4 rings that many sort after.

What I like
New shape and body styling
Improved handling
Not many features or gadgets

What I do not like
Pricey for a 1.6L even its an Audi
MMI screen odd positioning

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