Although my car is now 12 years old, I picked it up cheap for a daily run about. Very comfortable driving position enabling the driver clear and un obstructed views. Easy to park, good acceleration. My only trouble is that I currently have a fault with the a sensor which will frequently disable the traction control. Although for me this is not a problem, it displays a light on the dash, which will fail the next MOT. I do not want to spend over £800 for a sensor on a car that only cost a little more. The tyres are also pretty expensive as are the parts if you go to a main dealer. Road Tax is also fairly expensive for what it is and the performance is rubbish. If your looking for an Audi that you can just drive to the shops or school, then this is fine, if you want and Audi for any other reason....buy something else.
I bought one of these not long after they first came out - it was good looking and Audi's first small car, always having previously built family cars.
It was the first time I had bought a new car and I was looking forward to cast-iron German reliability.
I had the "sport" model, with lowered harder suspension and sports seats - more supportive and with a "sporty" check design on the material.
I found the suspension ok as this kept the body roll under control when cornering hard but my wife found that it was very crashy and it made her feel unwell.
Within a couple of weeks of having the car, the horn would go off on its own as I was driving - attracting a lot of attention from other drivers. this was quickly fixed by my local dealer.
Unfortunately the car had an intermittent problem which caused it to lose power when starting off from a standstill - while it happened infrequently, it was very dangerous pulling out from a junction unless there was nothing coming as you didn't know whether it would go or not. I took the car into the dealer several times but they were unable to fix the problem (the computer always said there was nothing wrong) - this spoilt my enjoyment of this car and I got rid of it as soon as I was able. I have since learnt that this problem is not unknown on this particular engine (common across all VW group cars).