Audi A3 2003-2012 - Used Car Review

Audi A3 2003-2012

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€25,700 - €54,255

Despite their own advertising Audi has always designed an extremely attractive and comfortable car and the second generation Audi A3 is no different. Curvaceous and with the same grill as other Audi cars the A3 is a good looking little-big car which can act as a perfect car for singles and families alike. This car is deceptively large and although it’s a hatchback you would be forgiven for calling this generation of A3 an Estate!


One thing that appeals to me about Audi is that they take their time in changing and restyling its model. This generation of A3 has lasted from 2003 until 2012/13 and any changes which have been made to the shell of this car have been subtle. Even in comparison with the first generation model the changes aren’t massive. I very much respect manufacturers who make small and subtle changes. It makes people with previous generation cars feel good that their car may pass for a new one! Take for example the VW Golf, any changes that the golf has received in its shell since it first hit the markets back in 1974 has been small and subtle, which in my eyes is why they hold their value so well.

The Audi A3 is a very good choice as a second hand car. The ride is more rigid than the previous generation but it’s a firmness on the road that I like, this however isn’t for everyone. The A3 was awarded 4 stars in the Ncap safety test and is complete with the usual safety features you can expect to find in an Audi - stability control, front-seat side-impact, head-curtain airbags, etc. The interior of the A3 is exceptional in that everything is pristinely moulded together. As with regards the driving position and the comfort ability of the seats, for me they were spot on.

Although this is a good car there are a few things to watch out for. For example if you are buying one from between 2008 and 2011 some of the TDi engines have been said to have had leaks from the fuel pump. If you are purchasing one have a look around the engine bay to see if there is diesel where there shouldn’t be.

Between 2003 and 2005 Audi had to recall some cars due to a flywheel problem which in its worst case scenario led to fire! Thankfully these cars have been recalled and affected vehicles had their flywheel replaced.

Another issue, although it’s not necessarily a problem with the car, is that it can be expensive to service if you service it with an Audi dealer. To be fair though this can probably be said about a lot of manufacturers.

The A3 is a good car which is both comfortable and reliable. If the A3 is not for you why not try a BMW 1 series or even a 3 series, a VW GolfSkoda FabiaHyundai i30 or even a Mazda 3?

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Jules 01 Dec 2016 15:57

Had a 2008. Traded it in for a 2014. Still amazing quality

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€ 29,195 when New

Key Facts

New Price
€ 29,195
Make

Audi

Model
A3
Variant
A3 1.4 TFSI 125HP AMBIENTE 6SP
Year
2007
Transmission
Manual
Engine & Transmission
6 speed manual
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
385
Tax Band
B2
Average L/100km
5.42
CO2 emmissions (g/km)
140

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Engine (L)
1390
Break Horsepower
125
Top Speed
203
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
9.6
Cylinders
4
Performance Economy
0.00
Torque
200

Space & Practicality

Doors
3
Seats
3
Kerb weight
1260
Tyre Size Front
1260

Safety

Euro NCAP Star Rating
4