Audi A3 Sportback 1.6TDi SE Manual Review (2015)
Going for well over 20 years, Audi’s A3 is well established in the market place for premium hatch backs. Over time, the A3 has lost its more bubble like styling it originally debuted with and has exchanged it for a rather more business like look and feel which is better all round. It has also grown over time, whilst remaining firmly within its class.
To look at on the outside the A3 is two things, unmistakably Audi and, business like. With its smart lines, new deeper front grille and overall understated looks, it does lack a little on the styling front
Moving on to the interior of the A3, there are clear indications here too that the straight laced designers were again in full efficiency mode. The seats are firm and supportive, the cabin is spacious and all the surfaces have a nice quality feel to them. You just know Audi’s car is well built and built to last. The equipment level on the SE is sufficient with DAB Radio/CD/MMI, Bluetooth Hands-Free,
Air Conditioning, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator and 16³ Alloy Wheels. Satellite Navigation can now easily be added by inserting an Audi SD Card with all the relevant mapping and software. A relatively cost effective ( £750) upgrade to the SE Technik will add Sat Nav, Rear Parking Sensors and Cruise Control and due to the residual benefits the actual monthly impact will be nominal in the upgrade.
The 1.6TDi 110hp power plant is certainly a popular company car choice. It is very economical, powerful enough and attracts low BIK liability. That does not mean it is perfect however. When pushed the engine does feel a little harsh and a down-shift will almost certainly be needed for overtaking at motorway speeds. The stronger 2.0TDi 150hp, may be worth a look for increase performance as the fuel economy, C02 and BIK hit would probably be worth it. The relative newcomer is the 1.4TFSI Cylinder on Demand 150hp engine. Having driven it in the heavier Q3, it is a great engine, more than capable of propelling the A3 from 0-62
faster than the 1.6TDi 110hp and 2.0TDi 150hp engines. As with the 1.6TDi it can feel a little harsh when pushed hard, but it makes a little less noise than the Diesel so the effect is not as bad.
When looking for suitable company cars for sales execs, the A3 is usually right at the top of the list, and it should be. It looks smart but not ostentatious and it indicates quality without giving the wrong impression. More importantly it represents excellent value for money for the fleet manager. Strong residuals mean that leasing the A3 is a cost effective option and when compared with the Focus, Astra and others in the class it is not too much more expensive. With a typical 3+35, 10,000mpa contact costing under £250+VAT per month Audi’s A3 is certainly worth a look.
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