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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Audi connectAudi smartphone interface
Colour driver's information system displayElectro-mechanical PAS
HDD satellite navigation system radio single CD/DVD player MMI control systemMobile telephone preparation - bluetooth interface
Service interval indicatorSpeed limit display
Voice control system 

Entertainment

2 USB portsAudi music interface
Auxiliary input socketCD player
DAB Digital radioMMI radio plus with 7" colour MMI screen and MMI controller

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirror with light and rain sensorsBody colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors with integral indicatorsBody colour roof spoiler
Electric front windowsElectric operated/heated door mirrors
Electric rear windowsHeated windscreen washer jets
LED daytime running lightsMatt black radiator grille
Rear wiperTwin exhaust tailpipe
Xenon headlights 

Interior Features

3 adjustable rear headrests3 spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel
4 lashing points to secure luggageAdjustable front armrest
Front and rear interior lights with delayFront passenger seat isofix location point
Front/rear floor matsHeight/depth adjustable steering column
Illuminated gloveboxISOFIX child seat preparation+airbag deactivation
Jack and tool kitRock grey headlining
Storage compartment in centre consoleStorage compartment under front seats
Storage compartments in doors 

Packs

Non smoking pack - A3 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Active bonnetActive front headrests
ASRCurtain airbags
Driver and passenger side airbagsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbagEDL
Electromechanical parking brakeESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
Front passenger airbag deactivationManual rear child locks
Multi-Collision brakingSeatbelt warning
Tyre pressure warningWarning triangle and first aid kit

Security

Anti theft alarmAnti-theft wheel bolts
Remote control central lockingThatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser

Technical

Dynamic suspension 

Trim

Aluminium air vent surroundsMicrometallic silver inlay

Wheels

Space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)104Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC999Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders3Engine Code8VFANC
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)62.8EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)72.4EC Urban (mpg)51.4

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power115
Coin DescriptionTFSICoin SeriesSE Technik
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0719EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.9Engine Power - BHP115
Engine Power - KW85Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT148
Engine Torque - MKG20.4Engine Torque - NM200
Engine Torque - RPM2000Top Speed128

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front205/55 R16Tyre Size Rear205/55 R16
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Style15 SPOKE Y
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1426Length4313
Wheelbase2637Width1785
Width (including mirrors)1966 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1740
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1220Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
Max. Loading Weight560Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked620
Minimum Kerbweight1180No. of Seats5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Audi A3

With its third generation A3, Audi has subtly developed a winning formula. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

This improved MK3 model A3 - now offered in five-door Sportback form only - shows Audi at its slick, intelligent best. Its styling might still be low key and the engineering eminently sensible, but there's now a polish to this vehicle that escapes virtually all of its rivals. Efficiency and economy are excellent by class standards, especially when it comes to a much improved range of petrol engines. And some of the high-tech options available are extremely tempting.

Background

Audi's A3 has always been a car marked out by its quiet confidence. You don't buy one if you're an attention seeker or want to show off quite how much money you've spent. Instead, it's a premium compact hatch that blends in with real panache. Owners like that and so do we. As for this improved version, well it's essentially a refinement of the 2012 original design. Audi's latest Virtual Cockpit instrument panel makes an appearance as a desirable option and Ingolstadt's latest know-how when it comes to media connectivity is paraded in the redesigned MMI infotainment system. More significantly perhaps, a frugal 1.0 TFSI petrol engine now props up the range - and there's an improved 2.0 TFSI petrol unit too. Evolution then, not revolution.

Driving Experience

Lots of changes have been made in recent years on the petrol engine front, the range these days beginning with a downsized 115PS 1.0-litre TFSI unit that, nonetheless, still generates a useful 200Nm of torque. Next up is the more family 1.5 TFSI COD engine with 150PS and the efficiency of its clever 'Cylinder-on-Demand' technology. If you want more power, then the next step is a 2.0 TFSI unit - this a new engine featuring 190PS and an innovative new combustion process. It can be ordered with a freshly developed 7-speed S tronic auto gearbox and there's the option of quattro 4WD. Near the top of the range, the S3 hot hatch also gets 2.0 TFSI power - in this case with power upped by 10PS to a 310PS total. The diesel line-up is more familiar, things kicking off with the usual 1.6-litre TDI powerplant developing 110PS and offered with either manual or S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. Above that sits the consistently popular 2.0-litre TDI unit, available, as usual, with either 150 or 190PS and the normal transmission choices. Top diesels also get the quattro option. As before, lowered firmer 'Sport' or 'S line Sport' suspension set-ups are available and buyers can specify a progressive steering system for sharper turn-in. The Sportback e-tron petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid variant continues on for those with an eye on their tax status.

Design and Build

The five-door Sportback bodystyle is now the only one on offer. Exterior changes to the A3 over recent years have been slight but the front still looks purposeful, courtesy of sharp lines for the familiar broad Singleframe grille. The headlights are flat, with distinctive outer contours and can be ordered in Matrix LED form, so they are significantly brighter and constantly adapt themselves to avoid dazzling other road users, plus of course they never need to be dipped. Equally subtle styling at the rear aims to accentuate the width of this car - with the horizontal illuminated graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the redesigned diffuser. Inside, the 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument display used in the TT and other pricier Audis is available in this one as an option. This displays the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen. The driver can switch between two views by pressing the "View" button on the multifunction steering wheel. In addition, the menu structure that works the centre dash MMI infotainment screen has been redesigned and is now more intuitive. Otherwise, everything is pretty much as before, with classy materials and strong build quality. The five-door Sportback hatch has a 365-litre boot - and there's still the option of saloon or Cabriolet bodystyles if you want them.

Market and Model

Pricing is much as before, which means that it sits mainly in the £22,000 to £35,000 bracket expected for premium compact hatches. There's there's the option of a five-door Sportback hatch, plus saloon and cabriolet bodystyles. The key option with this current model is the clever 'Virtual Cockpit' system replacing the conventional instrument dials with an eye-catching 12.3-inch TFT display. But of course, there's much else to select from. As for infotainment, well Audi reckons that this A3 sets fresh standards here. An 'MMI radio plus' set-up with an electrically extending 7-inch diagonal monitor is standard, while the 'MMI navigation' system is fitted from 'SE Technik' trim upwards. Go further and specify the 'MMI navigation plus with MMI touch in conjunction with the Audi connect' package (what a mouthful!) and you can have many online functions in your A3 at high speed via the super-fast LTE standard. They include, for example, navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View traffic information in real time, as well as practical information on parking, destinations, news or the weather. There's also a free 'Audi MMI connect' app that enables other services, such as online media streaming and transfer of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI. Mobile phones with iOS and Android operating systems can now be connected with the car via the standard Audi smartphone interface.

Cost of Ownership

Forgive us if you've heard this script before, but the current A3 is quicker, more economical and emits less carbon dioxide than its predecessor. It will also challenge the very best in class for residual values. So much, so predictable. The usual drill now is to quote the faintly unbelievable economy figure of the most economical diesel model in the range to underscore that point, but petrol buyers are in for a treat with the 1.0-litre TFSI engine. Expect over 60mpg combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions getting down towards 100g/km. Although Audi will roll out even more fuel efficient diesels in the future, the current 2.0-litre TDI 150PS unit is no slouch. In the combined cycle test it covered 68.9mpg - equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 108g/km. The A3 range also encompasses a 1.6 TDI engine, promising 74.3mpg potential with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. If you want to go further, then the Plug-in petrol electric Sportback e-tron hybrid continues on at the top of the range with its 176mpg and 37g/km CO2 capability.

Summary

The power of the brand. It's something Audi muses on at some length and it's the driving force behind the success of the A3. After all, an A3 is a Golf in a posh frock and commands a significantly heftier asking price. That hasn't changed with this current model. Nor has the fact that there will be many quite happy to pay that premium. Forget all the numbers that surround this A3. What Audi continues to do better than anybody else is tap directly into the often deeply illogical subconscious of the buyer. It sows seeds of desirability that are hard to bat away with simple financial rectitude. The A3 is an artfully laid trap that most of us can't wait to blunder into. Is that wrong? Is it cynical? Not really. The A3 serves a need and serves it very well. The current model is, by any reasonable measure, a smart, admirable and technically brilliant thing. The intelligent people who will buy it will nevertheless have the self-awareness to ask themselves whether they have been beguiled by brand awareness, even if only just a little. Those with typical Audi owner self confidence probably won't mind either way.

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Insurance
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* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£266.73
Deposit£1800
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£17,998
Credit amount£16,198
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£7848
Total amount payable£22,185.31
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge5.78p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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