Audi is a car manufacturer that has always been known for its quality. I think they are certainly worth the extra money for the comfort and quality which the small A3 S line certainly has. From the outside the S3 is a cut about the lower models with lots of extra detail; I particularly like the large front bumper which makes the car look very sporty. The LED headlights and the indicators on the mirrors add to the feeling of getting what you pay for.
From the inside, I love sitting in this car. The seats are part leather, part fabric which is good for in the summer because leather can get very hot. The seats are positioned very low on the floor to make the driver and front passenger feel like a part of the car which will add to comfort. The seats can be lowered or lifted if necessary. From the front seats there the window screen seems very but there is very good visibility. The seats also have extra material on the top corners to hold the passenger in position when going round corners.
To get into the car, it can be a little awkward at times because the doors are quite small, and do not open in one smooth motion; they can be opened to three different positions. The steering wheel has the usual radio control which would be expected on this model.
Sitting in the back of the car, there is not much room for tall people, which results in my head being very near to
the roof. However, if the front seat if forward a little, I only have to slouch a little and it is ok.
This model has a 1.6 petrol engine which can do at least 50-60 mpg on a run which is good for a petrol engine. The petrol tank is 55 litres which would cost around £70 to fill up depending on price.
As a result of the high quality, Audi's hold there value which is good if you change your car every couple of years. I would certainly recommend this car to anyone who wants a small yet sports car, as long as they have a good pot of money to pay for it. However, there is an issue of how common the car is, which may put some people off.
The AUDI A3 1.6 is one of the best small to medium cars around. Buying a 2nd hand car like I did is probably the best value.
The general build quality of the car is 2nd to none, even for the 1.6 whcih is pretty near the bottom of the range. When you get in to one of these you feel secure and safe. With the 4 rings on the bonnet you also get that feeling of quality.
Driving wise, if you are not bothered by a powerful engine and the need for speed then this could be the one for you. With 100Hp thie engine is more than powerful enough to crusie down the motorway or drive down those country lanes. With this engine size you also get quite reasonable fuel economy compared to the more sporty models in the A3 range. Road and engine noise are minimal.
The interior of these cars is high grade whether you have leather or standard cloth. Everything is well made and finished with detail in mind. Instuments are well placed and easy to read. This applies more so to the fuel guage which gives you an acurate measure of fuel rather than half the tank actualy being nothing at all..
Sound systems in these cars are fantastic. If you can buy one with the Sub and Amp in the boot then you can't go far wrong. The standard radio can easily take a CD multichanger and provides ample quality sound and volume.
Boot space is well thought out, allowing you to get some strange shaped loads in the back. Folding rear seats make this even easier.
There are a wide range of Audi supplied extras available but alas this is one of the bad points. The cost is normally out of this world. So if you are wanting those extras it may be worth shopping around for an A3 that has some or all fitted already. Else there are a quite few places where you can buy extras at minimal cost.
The standard 1.6 up until around 2001 came with very basic 15" Alloys which to be honest look like steal wheels. Combine that with the fact that there are 195/65 tyres and it is like trying to turn an air bed. I changed mine for a set of 16" wheels from a TT and 205/55 tyres. The ride has changed dramtically for the better.
Overall the 1.6 is probably the best value car in the range. Buying a 1.8 only gives you a few extra Hp which are probably not worth the cost. If you want the power then go for the 1.8T or S3 etc.
Servicing is not the cheapest but is fairly average.
I would not buy one of these from a main Audi dealer. If you shop around you generally find that it will cost you 10-20% more from a main Audi dealer than from another quality garage.
A3's are often comapred to the golf, I dont see what there is to compare, different car diferent looks.