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The 1.9 TDI Sport is a superb entry level Audi, offering a fantastic drive in good comfort.
Exterior: Looks absolutely superb. The lighting systems are really great - the standard Daytime Running Lights are halogen, (xenons with LED upwards of £1000 extra). The rear lights are a solid LED, really distinguishing this car from other makes and models. The lowered suspension and front grille also give this Audi a good road presence.
Interior: Well equipped. Small change drawer, 2x cup holders under centre arm rest, privacy compartment under drivers seat, plenty of room also in door trays, arm rest compartment and glove box. Radio with CD player, Driver Information System. Nice touches like chrome sills, but overall it just feels like their is too much plastic in the front cabin. Seats are good, but a little hard.
The drive: Excellent. Handles really well, steering is just about right, and the 1.9 engine ensures you have plenty of punch when needed. Easily gets up to motorway speed in a few seconds.
Space: Good space in the front, and in the boot (with foldable back seats). However, with 3 passengers in the back, it is a little cramped.
Economy: I regularly get 75MPG (shown on the driver display) when travelling to and from work, this includes motorway stretches where I put my foot down to 90mph. It is absolutely excellent. On a full tank (65£ diesel) I can get upwards of 600 miles (when driving carefully, on longer, faster journeys). Around town it easily keeps at around the 50mpg mark.
The tax is also brilliant - £30 for the entire year means I can go and get my tax with a smile on my face, while I grin smugly at the 4x4 driver who is handing over £300 for their road tax.
I have not had a single problem with this car, it is reliable and affordable and in a low insurance bracket for a car that packs a punch when you require it to.
I love this car. . well worth the money. . it drives so smooth and grips the road excellently, especially with the recent heavy snowfall.
I get looks when the car has just been washed I love it
The only drawbacks are things such as an temparature gauge and TRIP computer are all extras whereas my old car a 2001 Clio had all of that as standard.
It has nice features such as when the key is taken out of the ignition to leave the car the internal light comes on so u can pick up all your belongings before you leave the car and the light only switches off when you lock the car perfect at night!!!
Also the central locking is very powerful and is great at night or day in a busyy car park to find you car!!
Inside is very stylish and there is plenty of room in the car front and rear.
I also only fill my tank up once a month for around £40 whereas my clio would be twice a month at £30 per time!
Very economical and sooooo quite once warmed up!!
I love this car!!!!!!!!!!
that review is posted on ciao too.
this is a beautiful car which is safe economical and extremely fast. It's a classy car (especially in silver like mine). The turbo diesel is very efficient and once the engine has warmed up you can hardly hear it from inside the comfy surroundings of the audi interior. I would reccomend leather seats and a nice set of sport alloys with the sports suspension - absolute knockout. The price isn't cheap but you do get what you pay for. My previous car was a volkswagon golf which by all accounts is a very nice car also...until you drive the A3, only then do you realise that you've been simply getting from a to b in audi's poor cousin of a car. The horn is also excellent!
I inherited this car as a company car sometime last year, it was chosen by my predecessor. However I had driven Audi's in the past, previously a basic model A4, 1997, which I loved. The first thing that put me off the car was the fact that it was a bright green colour, not my usual conservative choice, and the fact that the particular model I inherited was only three door, again not my usual choice. At the same time, I believe the three door is still better looking than the five, if less practical. However the car was just wonderful to drive. Smaller than the cars I had driven in recent years, I loved the sporty feel, the way it seemed to cling to the road much of the time, and the fact you could put your foot down, and there was always something left due to the turbo engine. Oh and it was very efficient given it was a diesel. I even inadvertently impressed my 20 year old nephew while I was out driving so it must be good! The length between services was 20000 miles, which is generous for a diesel and would save on running costs for the private motorist. Standard Equipment: Alloy wheels traction control Anti theft device RS Radio Driver and Passenger Airbags Electric Front windows ABS Zinc galvanised body Technical spec: 195/65 tyres 0-62 mph 11 seconds Fuel consumption 56.5 mpg Combined Fuel consumption 67.3 mpg Extra Urban Top Speed 117 mph 102 BHP Hopefully that is enough technical detail for the average driver, I could go on, but I am not sure if you would want me to!!!! The downside for me, was the fact it was only three door, it was difficult for anyone of above average size and physique to climb in and out of the back seat with any dignity! This was not a problem 95% of the time, when there was only me in it, but not really suitable as a company car, given I often had passengers.