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Reduced-capacity A3 isn’t as satisfying to use as we’d hoped

Our Verdict

The Audi A3 is now in its third-generation and the premium hatchback ups the ante on quality once more

4 June 2010

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17 June 2010

£27k for a 1.2 engine and 0-60 in 12.2secs...Do you think the Audi guys have competitions to see how much p**s they can take!

17 June 2010

104bhp and 17" wheels. sigh....

, but i do have hope for the VAG 1.2 tsi engine though, it just needs to be in a car of 1000kgs and it will be great fun and cheap. They must put it in the new VW Lupo (seat arosa/city skoda) whenever it comes out, 2011 maybe , they are taking ages with it.

17 June 2010

I had a test drive in a Yeti 1.2 SE and was deeply impressed with the little engine. I did however only pootle around town and the Yeti wouldn't be for that (I have a smart for those duties). Have to agree with beachland, it's going to be all you need for the smaller car but it has some way to go before it's suitable for non urban journeys in cars A3 sized or larger.

I was particularly impressed with the refinement and torque, totally unexpected only a MultiAir 170 in a Mito has amazed me more by punching beyond it's weight.

17 June 2010

[quote Autocar]Cabin noise in particular is really quite intrusive, and all the more so thanks to the S-line’s 17-inch alloys, which also adversely affect the ride.[/quote]

Vorsprung durch breakneck.

Lots of money for another dynamically flawed FWD bathtub. It'll sell by the billion!

17 June 2010

[quote chris333]£27k for a 1.2 engine and 0-60 in 12.2secs...Do you think the Audi guys have competitions to see how much p**s they can take![/quote]

Hark the voice of the befuddled and confused. A man commenting on the value for money of a modish, open-top runaround is like a fish complaining it can't see the point of a bicycle.

17 June 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]

[quote Autocar]Cabin noise in particular is really quite intrusive, and all the more so thanks to the S-line’s 17-inch alloys, which also adversely affect the ride.[/quote]

Vorsprung durch breakneck.

Lots of money for another dynamically flawed FWD bathtub. It'll sell by the billion!

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no its not I have a Audi with sport suspension and 17 inch alloys which I think are pretty small to be honest 19s would be my prefrence if I could afford it. Rides perfect no cabin noise don't know where people get these ideas from

17 June 2010

[quote moe360]

no its not I have a Audi with sport suspension and 17 inch alloys which I think are pretty small to be honest 19s would be my prefrence if I could afford it. Rides perfect no cabin noise don't know where people get these ideas from

[/quote]Moe, I think Autocar are refering to the noise levels due to it being a convertible which will be more adversely affected by road noise etc.

£27k for a 1.2 engined weighty convertible is ludicrous.

17 June 2010

1.2TFSI engine and S-Line trim, what a daft combination!

17 June 2010

[quote blowerbentley]1.2TFSI engine and S-Line trim, what a daft combination![/quote]

Why? Some folks want the S line looks but aren't interested in thrashing about - majority of A3 Cab buyers I would have thought.


17 June 2010

[quote Jon Hardcastle]

[quote moe360]

no its not I have a Audi with sport suspension and 17 inch alloys which I think are pretty small to be honest 19s would be my prefrence if I could afford it. Rides perfect no cabin noise don't know where people get these ideas from

[/quote]Moe, I think Autocar are refering to the noise levels due to it being a convertible which will be more adversely affected by road noise etc.

£27k for a 1.2 engined weighty convertible is ludicrous.

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True forgot about the convertible factor, but 17 inch alloys with 15mm lower sport suspension will not be as bad as autocar say ! driven loads of cars with this same setup in the VAG car range and never once had a problem, mabye they should not moan so much and look at the quality of the road surfaces !

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