2012 Audi A3 SE 1.6 TDi from UK and Ireland
Costs a lot to buy and run, but a good enough premium hatch
EGR valve - expensive.
Brakes and exhaust - normal wear and tear for mileage.
Locks a bit funny, sometimes takes a few presses from the key to work, replaced new battery, still no difference.
Servicing costs from my local garage have been OK for an Audi, but still the cost is above your average car.
A fun to drive little premium hatch, my 2012 metallic grey A3 has been good, but just be aware these cars are dear to run! Reliability has been pretty average - nothing disastrous, but certainly no better than any car I have had before.
1.6 TDi has cheap tax and does over 60 mpg, just as well as it is the only economical thing about this car. Wouldn't call it a fast car, but goes well enough for everyday driving. Insurance is OK so long as you are over 25 and been driving a while.
The car has a very solid feel, nice interior and materials. SE model is well equipped. Armrest is a bit annoying, seems to get in way of handbrake. Other than that, very comfortable for a smaller hatchback car, mine is the 5 door, rear space is also good. Boot hatch can also swallow a decent load of luggage on longer trips.
Cabin is refined on motorway, but as with all diesel engines, it is a bit clattery and noisy about town at higher revs.
To conclude the A3 is a good car, but they are way overpriced to buy and run. A similar VW Golf is almost as expensive though, so you might as well go for the Audi. Certainly better than a Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra, but you only get what you pay for. I would like to say it is worth it, but that really is up to the potential buyer if they think this car is worth its premium price over other family hatchback cars that in all honestly can do much the same for cheaper. The only good thing about that Audi badge is that it holds value well and looks good on your drive, but not that I or you should care about what others think though, whether you drive a Ford or Audi.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th March, 2023
5th Mar 2023, 22:00
Most electronic components in European cars are made by a few large European Corporations, such as Bosch. Unfortunately, these huge corporations don't have a culture of strong quality components. Plus, they make continuous changes as car-makers constantly bring new models to the market, with new specifications for the parts needed. This is the reason for expensive maintenance on European cars. In opposition, the various Asian car parts corporations have usually a stronger quality culture (but surely not perfect either).