Audi A3 1.8 TFSI S line S tronic 3dr Pre-Model Car Review - February 2012

REVIEW
List Price: £23,800
Tax Band: F
Insurance Group: 26
MPG: 43.5
CO2: 149
0-62 Mph: 7.5 secs
BHP: 158 BHP
Range: 526 miles
CarSite Verdict:  3.25/5
This is definitely a car for people who want to get to their destination in comfort. The experience you will get from driving an The Audi A3 1.8 TFSI S Line is not of high performance and racey handling, but rather of effortless power and smooth running on all but the most bumpy roads.

As the smallest car in the Audi range the A3 is a great entry model for someone looking to buy into a premium brand, and the 1.8 TFSI S Line S tronic offers that bit of extra performance comapred to the cheapest model. High resale values also mean that upgrading later will be that much easier on the pocket.

PROS:  The Audi A3 1.8 TFSI S Line offers drivers the interior feel and some of the looks of an executive car in a smaller 3 door hatchback. You get plenty of space inside, a plush interior, attention to detail and an engine and handling which are ideal for cruising. The A3 also retains its value extremely well.

CONS:  This is not really a very sporty car, much better suited to cruising than nipping around town, and although the engine does give you pretty good performance, the handling is slow to respond. Getting past the front seats to sit in the back can be a bit of a tight squeeze too.

Behind the Wheel

The 1798cc, 16 valve petrol engine does pack a reasonable punch for a car of this size and price range, delivering power of 160ps at 5000-6200rpm, and 184lb-ft of torque at 1500-4200rpm through a 7-speed S tronic automic gearbox to the front wheels. That means that the car can accelerate from 0-62mph in a respectable 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 138mph. The only problem being that the sluggish handling makes it difficult to make the most of this performance until you get out of town and onto open roads.

The suspension is excellent, giving you a very smooth drive.

Looks & Equipment

The front end of the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI S Line has classic Audi looks, which give the car a solid and attractive appearance and can even make it look like a bigger, more powerful car than it actually is.

With alloy wheels, stability control and power steering as standard you get a reasonable if not particularly impressive set of equipment with this car, but you will have to pay an extra £220 if you want to add cruise control, which many will think is well worth getting.

Also included as standard are central locking, climate control, electric windows and door mirrors, driver, passenger and front side airbags, alarm and immobiliser, and the choice of cloth or leather seat upholstery.

If you want rear parking sensors you will have to add an extra £350, and althoughyou get CD player and mp3, bluetooth connectivity is not standard and neither is a SatNav.

Practicality, Safety & Reliability

Audi's are well known as a solid and reliable brand of car to drive, which is one of the reasons that they keep their value so well. And you get a 3 year 6000 mile warranty to back that up.

You get ample storage space with this model which has 350-litres of boot space with the seats up, or an impressive 1080-litres with the seats down. And it is a comfortable drive for long journeys.

The Audi A3 1.8 TFSI S Line S tronic is a pretty safe car with an NCAP occupant safety rating of 4, or 3 for children.It falls into the 26F insurance group, and has CO2 emission of 149g/km.

Value for Money

Costing £23,795 to buy new the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI S Line S tronic will be seen as good value for money by many people.

The fuel efficiency is solid if nothing special at 43.5mpg, but it is really the high resale values - with some cars retaining as much as 50% value - that makes this car stand out as being excellent value for money in the long term.

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