First DriveFirst UK drive finds the facelifted A3 Sportback e-tron remains a first-rate plug-in hybrid that is packed with tech if a little short on driver appeal
First DriveWe've driven the facelifted version of the ever-popular Audi A3 Sportback in 2.0 TDI guise on UK roads for the first time
MTM has taken a standard Audi A3 2.0T and modified the engine management to deliver a power boost from 196bhp to 244bhp and also an extra 70lb ft of torque (up to 277lb ft). As you’d expect, it feels faster, with more go anywhere in the rev range while maintaining the low-rev response for which the standard engine has been praised.
The car we drove, from MTM’s UK distributor Quattrosports, also had a Milltek stainless steel exhaust system fitted – at a cost of £289.50 plus fitting, on top of the £750 for the ECU tweaks – and the well-judged burble certainly adds to the sense of increased speed, though it doesn’t offer quite the sonic entertainment of a VW Golf GTi.
As with most modified cars, the changes don’t stop under the bonnet. For £290 Quattrosports will supply and fit a new spring set and, for £1800, 19in MTM wheels and tyres. Body roll is reduced, and grip levels are increased. The ride is noticeably firmer, but without destroying ride comfort altogether.
You can purchase all the parts and modifications as a set for £3179 supplied and fitted, and Quattrosports says the modifications won’t affect your warranty.The MTM A3 still can’t offer the entertaining drive or spirit of a Golf GTi, but these tweaks give the Audi some real bite.