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Previously had company Audi A6, fantastic car.
On redundancy swapped A6 for new A3 model as above.
Not as swish as A6 and with basic 1.6 engine only five gears, could do with sixth.
Audi finish interior/exterior as good as one expects from Audi and their reputation.
Totally reliable, performance acceptable, fuel economy average, could be better, only about 35 miles per gallon based on computer.
Effortless to drive and comfortable on long journeys. I had cruise control, fog lights and rear parking aid fitted as extras.
Only niggle is after just 4 years the brake disc wear warning system is malfunctioning, the light comes on the dash intermittently and stays there until engine switch off. Web search suggests this is a frequent problem with Audi's looped wire brake wear indicator, the circuit becomes damaged and shorts out causing the warning light to come on in error.
Had this checked at Audi, they lubed everything, it corrected for a while then came back. Quote £276 for new loom! Needless to say did not have done.
Overall excellent car, would recommend and purchase again.
Random thoughts in no particular order: Had an arguement with my insurance company as I said it was automatic and they said it was 'listed' as manual (it has both, with paddle shift). Rarely use manual option or paddles, except if I'm feeling really bored. Rear parking sensors are wonderful, as are the heated seats (two options that came with the car but that I would have ignored). Performance is excellent. Build quality is excellent. Brakes and steering are excellent, sound system is excellent, windscreen wipers are a mystery but spookily telepathic. Ride is hard, probably due to wide (19"?) wheels, and south London speed bumps every 25 yeards. Rear and side visibility could be better and I find parallel parking difficult, even with parking sensors. Fill up with 'premium' fuel but don't know if this is wise or wasteful. My first experience of an Audi (I have owned British, American, German, Japanese, French and Italian): very impressed and would buy Audi again without hesitation.
i am very happy with this car, the most reliable car i have had, i bought it 2year old with 14k miles and i have had little trouble with it and it has done 85k mils now, our other last car a MB SLK, we traded it in at 3 years old as it had several faults with the electronics these were all repaired free by the dealer but i cant help thinking if we keep this car as long as the A3 it would cost a small fortune when the warranty expires.
it is petrol so the road tax is only going up and fuel cost more than most of the newer cars out now. It has power and good acceleration and has very comfortable seats.It handles very well felling safe at speed. The quality of build is excellent, it still has the original exhaust. Citron will only guarantee an exhaust for one year and i would expect to have to replace a citron exhaust before its first MOT.
Major improvements over previous version.
Smooth (Sport suspension de-selected) and quiet (even on noisy UK tarmac). Thirstier than Audi would have one believe. Excellent mid-range response when required, and smooth turbo; comfortable cruising (but a little wind noise). Optional B&O sound system is a pleasure, and Audi MMI quite instinctive after very little use. Although I would have preferred the memory card slot to be more accessible (rear of the glovebox is not the ideal location).
Great load-bearer when required (although seat backs do not fold flat).
6 months ownership (and 9,000ml of 90% motorway driving): fuel has settled at +/- 5l per 100km; and the only issue seems to be an increase in wind noise on the driver's side (seal ?).
I've had my car from new, for the first four years as my company car then, when I retired, after buying the car from the company. As a senior professional, I could have chosen a large executive model but, as a single man, I did not want nor need a huge vehicle. The Audi fitted the bill perfectly and I spent the money on factory fitted extras. The model is Quattro, S-Line, with xenon lights, Bose speakers, heated leather seats, electric glass sunroof, inbuilt Sat-Nav, 6 change CD, through load etc etc. I love it. It is economical, great performance and still looks good. It will be a sad day when I have to change it (now done over 100,000 miles) as I will not be able to afford the equivalent with all those goodies fitted!
This is the best car we have owned
Economical, 60+ mpg from a very responsive 1.6 diesel engine
The heated seats are a bonus & electric windows,mirrors and parking sensors what more could we ask for.
Well there is the electric roof which only takes about 10 seconds to fully retract.
With road tax at £30 per year & insurance group 15 it is a cheap car to run especially as it has stop/start.
Only downside is the light interior, but with the Audi being black it would have been to dark, but saying that have changed the floor mats to black as the others were impossible to keep clean.
I've had the car from new (it's now 7 years old) and find it economical to run, very reliable and extremely comfortable.
Its size makes it easy to park, and yet it sits four average size adults comfortably, possibly five although not so comfortably.
On the downside, you wouldn't find it so roomy if you were as tall as Jeremy Clarkson.
The boot is spacious and when you put the back seats down, the capacity of the boot is quite surprising. I've moved my daughter to Uni on several occasions and she doesn't travel light.
I would definitely buy another one again.
I bought my A3 cabriolet this summer having owned a Saab 93 convertible for 7 years. I love the responsive handling, even with the diesel engine it is pretty zippy, and the road holding is superb. Fuel consumption is brilliant too. I have the S-Line and the full leather seats are really comfortable. The hood operation is very smooth and quick, no clips or latches, just one button to push, and if I had to make a negative comment at all it would be the crease marks left on the roof after it has been folded down. Having said that, I love my Audi!
Superb build quality and basically pretty reliable. Somewhat expensive maintenance and repair costs from main dealer, but more reasonable from a trusted local firm. Fairly low mileage at about 8000 miles per annum. Have had the vehicle 5 years and have never regretted it. Will probably replace within 2 to 3 years with the current A3 model or possibly an A1.
I purchased the car from a main dealer in 2008 when it was 3 years old. Performance is well adequate for my requirements.
I have had my car for 5 and a half years. Never had any major issue with the car except changing tyres, battery and other normal equipments.
The only biggish thing that I had to change were the front spring coils for the suspension.
I am really satisfied with the reliability of my car given I do on average more than 13000 miles per year.
The only minus is the running costs which can cost quite a bit with it being a petrol engine and maintainance can cost above average.
I traded in my Audi TT last year. Mainly due to its age; 10 years and nearly 100,000 miles. Also, I had retired and needed a car that would transport my small dog. I usually have the back two seats folded flat and the dog enters the car through the boot. We both love it and, so far, like its predecessor, the car has proved both reliable and comfortable. Most of all, the support of the Audi garage in Five Oaks is superb.
Audi A3 sport convertible- very disappointed in performance. Poor acceleration. Arm rest restricts access to hand break. Reasonable fuel consumption.
Had to have roof replaced at less than 6 months old. Because of poor performance and problem with roof investigated replacing but despite sales pitch appears poor retention of re sale value. Decreased in value by over £15000 at less than 6 months old
Generally good reliable car, though drive chain going at 50,000 miles was unexpected, but according to the garage not unusual. Good load space in boot, excellent when back seats are down. Comfortable ride for front seat passengers, though leg room in back can be a little cramped if seats are back even half way.
Economic on motorway runs, and reasonabel around town.
Brilliant turning circle!
I have owned this car for 6 years now, and it has been very reliable although with it's age maintenance is becoming increasingly expensive. When driven carefully I can get 400 miles from a tank of petrol, but if I drive faster, and she does tramp when required, the economy suffers. I would recommend this car as a great handling car, safe in snow and in less than ideal driving conditions.
Very comfortable practical family car .Diesel version very economical although car has had some unreliability issues in the 10 years plus which I have owned, namely coolant problems relating to burst radiator and oil cooler both components that you would expect to see more life from and an apparent common problem with Audi that you would expect a recall on these components.
I don't do a lot of driving and my Audi A3 meets my needs for local errands and occasionally longer trips. Has a comfortable smooth ride and good music system. With the 1.6 engine it struggles to get up hills when heavily loaded and I need to be cautious when overtaking because of the lack of power. I hope this this compensated for by being more economical to run.
I find my A3 very comfortable and responsive to drive. It is also flexible in the amount of luggage and/or passengers carried. I was a little concerned when buying it about the small capacity of the engine but I find it generally satisfactory although speed is reduced when ascending moderate to steep hills on motorways.
I am glad I got this car, which I bought at long range without seeing over the internet
The dealer put in a new turbo before the sale, and when it turned out not to have cruise control as advertised the dealer agreed to send a cheque for having it fitted
The car is very comfortable and refined and has plenty of oomph
The information from AUDI suggest that the car could do 74 mpg on an extra-urban trip.
From my experience its more like 55-60 mpg and very heavily depends on how the car is driven.
Of course it's possible that I have a car that hasn't been set up in the best way and other 1600 TDI engines could be more economical.
EXCELLENT CAR AND VERY RELIABLE AND I HAVE ACHIEVED 73.4 MPG TO AND FROM WORK, WHICH EXCEEDS MANUFACTURERS CLAIMS. IT LOOKS GOOD AND HOLDS ITS VALUE WELL AND HAS ALL THE ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT TO MAKE DRIVING ENJOYABLE AND COMFORTABLE. I WILL BUY ANOTHER BUT NOT FOR SOME YEARS YET. THIS IS MY 3RD AUDI AND MY 2ND A3.