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2012 (12) Audi A32.0 TDI 170 Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [SS]

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Driver's information systemHill hold assist
Service interval indicatorServotronic speed related PAS

Entertainment

Bose sound system with 8 speakers 

Exterior Features

Body colour door mirrors with integral indicatorsChrome exhaust tailpipes
Electric operated/heated door mirrorsFront and rear electric windows
Front fog lightsHeat insulating glass
Heated rear window with time switchPrivacy glass
Rear window sun screen in parcel shelfRear wiper
S Line body styling 

Interior Features

3 adjustable rear headrests3 spoke flat bottomed S Line multifunction steering wheel
50/50 split folding rear seatBlack cloth headlining
Door sills with aluminium inlaysDual zone electronic climate control
Front centre armrestFront sports seats
Height adjustable front seatsHeight/depth adjustable steering column
Illuminated vanity mirrorsISOFIX child seat preparation+airbag deactivation
Leather handbrakePerforated leather gearknob
Steering wheel gearshift paddles 

Packs

Black styling pack - A3 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Active front headrestsDriver and passenger side airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsEDL
ESP with ASRWarning triangle

Security

Locking wheel boltsRemote control central locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser 

Technical

Diesel particulate filter 

Trim

Piano black finish inlay 

Wheels

18" 5 arm rotor alloy wheels in titanium finishTyre mobility system
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.179CO2 (g/km)130
HC+NOx0.17Noise Level dB(A)69
NOx0.146Particles0
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5 

Engine and Drive Train

CC1968Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)56.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)61.4EC Urban (mpg)50.4

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power170
Based On ID47934Coin DescriptionTDI 170 [Start Stop]
Coin SeriesBlack EditionInsurance Group 114
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0727EInsurance Group 2E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9
Special EditionTrueStandard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.7Engine Power - BHP170
Engine Power - KW125Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4200Engine Torque - LBS.FT258
Engine Torque - MKG36Engine Torque - NM350
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed139

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear225/40 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE MOBILITY SYSTEM
Wheel Style5 ARM ROTORWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1423Length4292
Wheelbase2578Width1765
Width (including mirrors)1995 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight1955
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1100Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)370
Max. Loading Weight560Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1700Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked730
Minimum Kerbweight1395No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.7
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 improved third generation model A3 2.0 TDI, Audi has decided to keep the styling conservative but sharpen the package in a multitude of ways. Jonathan Crouch reports on the 150PS version.

Ten Second Review

You might find it a bit hard to get excited about Audi's improved A3 2.0-litre TDI in 150PS form, but after you've had a good look at one, done the sums and hemmed and hawed for a bit, you'll probably end up signing on the dotted line. It's that sort of car - deeply considered.

Background

The Audi A3 is a vehicle that has always sold on discretion. Yes, you can buy tarmac-scorching S3 and RS3 sports variants with look-at-me colour schemes and big alloy wheels, but the standard A3 model is the very acme of understatement. You only have to open the door of the latest model and get inside to realise this. Your first thought is "Where are all the controls?" Then you realise that Audi has been confident enough not to feel the need to festoon the dash with buttons in order to make the car look well equipped. At this point, the penny starts to drop. Here's a car that isn't trying too hard. Which seems as good a definition of automotive coolness as you'll find. The A3 is a model that's sold well in diesel form in the UK, especially in the 2.0-litre TDI 150PS form we're going to look at here, a variant that's sure to be a big favourite. As for the recent changes, well 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. Let's check this car out.

Driving Experience

Go for this standard 2.0-litre TDI diesel and you have 150PS under your right boot which is more than enough to let the A3 lift her skirt a little when you plant the throttle pedal. In fact it's tempting to think that this kind of power output represents a sweet spot in terms of balancing performance against fuel efficiency. Front wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox is a fairly straightforward recipe and thanks to excellent traction control, this A3 will step off the line to 62mph in just 8.5 seconds before eventually running onto a top speed of 135mph. There's also the option of specifying quattro 4WD. As before, this car uses a hit-tech MQB modular chassis and ride quality is good while refinement is even better. There's an electromechanically assisted steering system and a sophisticated stability control package which includes an electronic limited slip differential for composed deployment of power. The optional Audi drive select system lets the driver vary the throttle response, steering weighting and, where the S tronic transmission is present, the gearbox shift points. What's more, it can also be upgraded to manage the optional Audi magnetic ride set-up, with its clever magneto-rheological fluid-filled dampers. If you're downsizing from a bigger Audi model, you're not going to feel hard done by in this one.

Design and Build

Exterior changes to the the and five-door A3 hatch variants we're focusing on here are slight but the front looks a little more purposeful, courtesy of sharper lines for the familiar and now broader Singleframe grille. The headlights are flatter, with distinctive outer contours and can now 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 changes at the rear aim 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 now 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 hatch most will want with three or five doors has a 365-litre boot - and there's still the option of saloon or Cabriolet bodystyles if you want them.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £23,000 for an A3 2.0 TDI 150PS in three-door form with base 'SE' trim; there are also 'SE Tecknik', 'Sport' and 'S line' options. There's a £620 premium if you want the five-door Sportback bodystyle. Think in terms of the 2.0-litre TDI unit needing a premium of around £1,300 over the 110PS 1.6-litre TDI variant. If you want your car with quattro 4WD, you'll need at least 'Sport' trim and a £26,000 budget. The key option with this improved 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 improved 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

You probably don't need us to tell you that the third generation A3 is quicker, more economical and emits less carbon dioxide than its predecessor. Engine technology moves on apace, as do aerodynamics and the fact that it's lighter than before all adds up to a more efficient vehicle. How much more efficient? In the combined cycle test, this 2.0 TDI 150PS variant managed 70.6mpg with a manual gearbox and 16-inch wheels - equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 105g/km. With the S tronic auto gearbox, the figures are 64.2mpg and 116g/km, while with quattro 4WD, you're looking at 58.9mpg and 125g/km in a manual variant. In other words, a number of steps have been taken in the right direction. The problem though for Audi is that with the latest 1 Series and A-Class models, BMW and Mercedes have done the same thing. Even Volvo is getting in on the act with their surprising V40. Plenty then, for prospective A3 2.0 TDI purchasers to think about.

Summary

I must confess that I wasn't immediately enthused by this improved Audi A3. I felt it was almost too polished, too low-key for its own good. But if you can get past its rather cool barrier of wilful understatement, you'll find a truly excellent car. It's undoubtedly a grower, a design that impresses you with small considered details as well the headline figures. The 2.0-litre TDI 150PS unit feels as if it's perfectly pitched to balance power and parsimony, making it the choice in the A3 range for higher mileage drivers. Don't overlook the smart 1.4TFSI petrol engine with cylinder on demand technology though. Ultimately, the more I drove this A3 the more I admired it. I never felt that impulsive spark that would send me careening to an Audi dealer looking for a dotted line but then it's not really that kind of car. Hedonists will probably look elsewhere. Those looking for discreet refinement will find a lot to like here. Don't expect fireworks, it's a slow burner.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
90%
Space
80%
Styling
90%
Build
100%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

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