2014 Audi A3 2.0 turbo diesel


All the car you need


The multimedia screen didn't pop up from the dashboard twice. Solved under warranty; the dealer did a reset.

General Comments:

This car is a magnificent all rounder. In terms of comfort, economy, performance and general usability, this car - for a 4,3m hatchback - offers the ultimate combination. Driving is truly effortless. Some cars certainly do some things better, but as a package, it is a very good proposition.

Roadholding is excellent. The steering feel is way better than my previous (2007) A4, despite the eco tyres fitted as standard. The gearbox is typically Audi, not ultra quick, a bit notchy, but fluent and easy to handle.

I had to spec the car within a budget (company car), but went for the 2.0 TDi instead of a 1.6 TDi with extra options. Didn't regret that for a second: torque is always there, and the engine pulls strong through the whole power band. Average consumption is 6,0l/100km. Less is surely an option with a well managed right foot.

The fit and finish of the interior and used materials are in another league compared to other hatchbacks, and also in comparison to the other German premium competitors. The suspension is compliant and flexible in every way: soft enough to cruise long distances, certainly more forgiving than various other C-type automobiles, but not falling into pieces when the pace gets up. It's not a sports car however, but at least it does not pretend to be either. The cabin is roomy and more than useful for 4 adults.

The appeal of this car is in the overall quality and no-nonsense approach. It's comfortable and easy to drive in any way, and goes in a decent way when pushed. If you're in the market for a hatch and willing to pay the premium over a Golf, Focus, or C4 (...): try it. Resale values are and will be strong; this is the type of car that, when well looked after, can go on for a very long time. In an age of short lasting consumer products, e.g. cars, this may count for you as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2014

2006 Audi A3 Sportback Ambition S-Line 2.0TDI 163BHP


Fantastic driving car, but reliability could be better


Rattles in the interior.

High oil consumption, 1 liter/3000 miles.

Car left me stranded on 3 different occasions, 2 times when being on the road.

General Comments:

Let me start by saying that this car is quick, and I really mean quick. It handles and grips fantastic thanks to the sport suspension and 17" tires.

The DSG automatic (or S-tronic) is incredible, without any doubt the best automatic gearbox available on the market. That in combination with the very powerful 2.0TDI 163BHP (tuned down for fiscal reasons) and the gorgeous looks made me go for the Audi. It's a LOT of money for such a small car, but quality has its price, and the pleasure of driving you get in return is worth the money. At least I save money with the not so thirsty diesel engine ;)

Reliability is quite a letdown, on 3 occasions there was a problem with some kind of sensor which left me stranded. And I didn't expect to have rattles in an Audi, although I have to say that apart from that the build quality and finishing is fantastic.

The engine consumes a lot of oil, too much in my opinion, but the dealer says it's normal when you have a sporty driving style.

Anyway, I'm constantly on the road with a big grin on my face, and that outweighs the unreliability matters by far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th May, 2007

15th Jun 2007, 02:37

Your car is not "really fast", it is a diesel automatic!

Try the S3 model to get a bit of perspective dude!

3rd Aug 2007, 05:52

Ah that's not fair; compared to a 'standard' family hatchback it is very fast. Comparing it to a performance car isn't matching like-with-like.

7th Aug 2007, 06:45

The S3 is a 2.0 Turbo Petrol and the A3 (lack of) Ambition is a 2.0 Turbo Diesel, it's a very fair comparison.

It gets my goat when people say that diesel cars are really fast!

10th Jun 2008, 15:14

Blimey - your goat is easily gotten.

15th Nov 2008, 14:47

Perhaps your goat should have a look at the Audi R10 TDI, winner of last year's Le Mans...

Yes, diesel cars can be fast, it is only perceptions that say they cannot be.