Audi A3 Review: 2016 Model | A3 | Car Buyers Guide

Audi A3 Saloon Review - 2.0TDI 150 S-Tronic S Line

Recently, we got our hands on the facelifted Audi A3 Sportback with a 1.4 TFSI engine to review. We learned that it was an excellent car with a punchy small engine that more than satisfied. Its interior technology, through its TFT screens, is a force to be reckoned with and it's enough to make other manufacturers want to rethink their future infotainment systems.

A couple of weeks ago, the manufacturer gave us a slightly lower-specced saloon version of the A3 to try. This one housed a 2.0 TDI engine, and while it may have had less of the ultra-futuristic intelligent instrument binnacle technologies of the higher-specced Sportback - it still has enough to impress.

The facelifted Audi A3 doesn't look much different from before, sure there are some design changes to the grille, air vents, etc.; but there can be no denying that the car pretty much looks the same. Yet, for some reason, I've never been so endeared to it. The cabin is excellently put together, and it would have to be ranked as one of the best in class.

On the road, and like the Sportback A3, the S-Line is available with S-Line suspension - for free. However, neither of the models that we tested used it, both had the regular suspension. This makes sense, because as we all know, Irish roads can be bumpy and that mixed with sports suspension can lead to a very bumpy ride.

The 2.0 TDI engine in our test car offers 150 bhp, and the engine is refined when it gets to cruising speeds. As we pointed out at the international launch, the 2.0 TDI option is loud on turnover, and it would be one of the few things that I'd like to change on this car - which leads me to an alternative. We had previously driven the 1.4 TFSI petrol engine in the Sportback. This car offers the same 150hp as the 2.0 TDI model. It's nearly as economical (on-paper) and it costs less (for the entry level models) - the other thing is that the annual tax is less on the petrol.

While the S-Line saloon we were driving didn't house the brilliant instrument binnacle that we tested in the Sportback model, the lesser specced model did have the same pop-up 5.8" LCD screen. This makes for a nearly button-free environment and the system itself is controlled from the flat-bottomed steering wheel or the toggle switches in the centre console. The system is easy to use and you can do so with your eyes on the road.

Like the Sportback, the rear does lack leg room, but oddly-enough you get more boot space in the saloon version.

All in, this is still an excellent car. Entry level saloon versions start from €29,810. If you want to move up to the S-Line trim that we were driving (2.0 TDI 150 S-tronic), you will be looking at €39,970 – which is a big leap. Our test car had a few extras like; anti-dazzle rear view mirror, MMI Navigation, interior light package, and more. These extras all-in increased the car’s price to €43,521.

Simply put, the Audi A3 in either guise (Sportback, Hatchback or Saloon) is an excellent choice. However, entry pricing is not cheap, nor are the optional extras – but that’s the price of a luxury brand. Special mention must be given to the 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox in this car. It’s very good.

Compare specs to an alternative car!
€ 35,120 when New

Key Facts

New Price
€ 35,120
Make

Audi

Model
A3
Variant
2.0TDI 150 6 Speed Manual SE Saloon
Year
2016
Transmission
Manual
Engine & Transmission
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Saloon

Running Costs

Tax
190
Tax Band
A3
Average L/100km
4.10
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1220
CO2 emmissions (g/km)
108
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Engine (L)
1968
Break Horsepower
150
Top Speed
224
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
8.6
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Performance Economy
0.00
Torque
340

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
4
Boot capacity (L)
425
Kerb weight
1395
Tyre Size Front
1395
Tyre Size Back
225/45 R17
Wheel Base
2637

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

6 comments

Luneytuney2 17 Nov 2016 11:52

That's a lovely colour of red. The entry level price seems a bit high for my liking though!

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Paintscrubber 17 Nov 2016 12:04

Looks good - but I'd opt for a 3 Series over it.

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denishoops 24 Nov 2016 12:55

What's the 2.0 petrol like?

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Ciaran Milligan 30 Nov 2016 10:45

Starting from €29,810?? You could get much better fully kitted out cars for that!!

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Jamie McLain 30 Nov 2016 10:46

A Dacia Duster maybe!! Nothing that would compare to an Audi mate

SevenBells 01 Dec 2016 10:18

Eh Jamie... the new Fiesta ;)

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