2016 Audi A3 Premium Saloon 1.2 turbo gasoline

Summary:

Great premium compact. Does everything well

Faults:

A small rattle from the split folding rear seat - fixed in 20 minutes under warranty.

General Comments:

Fantastic looks with 17" wheels, the bright trims around the window, and the xenon and LED lighting.

The S-tronic transmission has disappointed me; it is a bit rougher in traffic than what I would have expected; I even read the reviews of similar dual clutch cars, but it still caught me off guard. I specially don't like that it doesn't really use 1st gear, only for maybe 1-2 seconds before shifting into second; this makes the car feel sluggish. There is also a lot of clutch slip in 2nd when yielding and turning left, for example.

Compared with my previous A3, which had a manual transmission, this one consumes about 20% more fuel with the same engine.

Otherwise there is no fault with the car. It is extremely comfortable and well built. The materials are top notch, it runs quietly and with the stoic German character you would expect.

Give it a manual transmission and this is the best premium small car out there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2017

2014 Audi A3 Comfort 2 door 1.2 turbo gasoline

Summary:

A fantastic compact car

Faults:

The front suspension makes some unusual noises; it sometimes sounds like an old spring mattress, but this is a very subtle sound. Most people say I'm crazy and I'm hearing things in a perfectly good car.

General Comments:

The car is absolutely fantastic.

Awesome minimalist interior that is very well built, and with pleasing materials and details all around.

The 1.2T is incredibly economical, I have averaged about 6.0l/100km in all my driving - and note, San José in Costa Rica has awful traffic.

The ride is very smooth with the 16 inch wheels and the big sidewalls. Gear changes from the manual transmission are a joy, typical of VW/Audi products of late.

Servicing has been minimal, only oil and filter changes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2017