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Audi A3 DIESEL SPORTBACK 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr

Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
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Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr
Audi A3 30 TDI 116 S Line 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG62.80
  • 0-62mph10.4 secs
  • Top Speed127 mph
  • C02118 g/km
  • BHP116
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D27%

Review

This current version of Audi's third generation A3 Sportback gets some efficient petrol and diesel engines, the option of the brand's classy Virtual Cockpit instrument display and hi-tech media connectivity. Its strengths remain in excellent build quality, impressive refinement and decent five-door practicality. It's still very much an aspirational ordinary product.

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The Audi A3 Sportback demonstrates that class is permanent. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

If you're looking at an Audi A3, it's highly probable that you're looking at this five-door 'Sportback' version: the majority of UK buyers do. This third generation model dates back to 2012, when it was launched as a design that was significantly bigger than before. That gave it slight advantages over key premium compact hatch rivals like BMW's 1 Series and Mercedes' A-Class. In recent times though, both those models have been substantially revised, so it was necessary for Audi to follow suit, hence the car we're going to look at here. As part of these changes, Audi's latest Virtual Cockpit instrument display makes an appearance as a desirable option and Ingolstadt's latest know-how when it comes to media connectivity is paraded in the redesigned MMI infotainment system. More significantly perhaps, a frugal 1.0 TFSI petrol engine now props up the range - and there's an improved 2.0 TFSI petrol unit too. Evolution then, not revolution.

Driving Experience

The range now begins with the downsized 115PS 1.0-litre TFSI unit used in the base '30 TFSI' petrol model that, nonetheless, still generates a useful 200Nm of torque. Next up is the 1.5 TFSI COD petrol engine used in the '35 TFSI' variant, which offers 150PS and plenty of efficiency thanks to its clever 'Cylinder-on-Demand' technology. If you want more power, then the next step is the 2.0 TFSI unit used in the '40 TFSI' petrol model - this an engine featuring 190PS and an innovative combustion process. It comes only with a slick 7-speed S tronic auto gearbox and there's the option of quattro 4WD. Near the top of the range, the S3 hot hatch also gets 2.0 TFSI power - in this case with 310PS of power. The diesel line-up is familiar, things kicking off with the usual 1.6-litre TDI powerplant used in the '30 TDI' variant developing 116PS and offered with either manual or S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. Above that sits the consistently popular 2.0-litre TDI unit used in the '35 TDI' model, available, as usual, with 150PS and the normal transmission choices. There's also a top diesel variant, the '40 TDI', which uses a 184PS version of this same 2.0-litre TDI powerplant and comes only with the quattro drivetrain. As before, buyers can specify a progressive steering system for sharper turn-in.

Design and Build

As ever, the A3 looks slick and classy, courtesy of sharp lines for the familiar and broad Singleframe grille. The headlights are flat, with distinctive outer contours and can be ordered in Matrix LED form, which makes them significantly brighter and adaptive, so that they avoid dazzling other road users. Plus of course they never need to be dipped. Subtle styling at the rear aims to accentuate the width of this car - with the horizontal illuminated graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the smart diffuser. Inside, the 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument display used in the TT and other pricier Audis is available in this one as an option. This shows the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen. The driver can switch between two views by pressing the "View" button on the multifunction steering wheel. In addition, the menu structure that works the centre dash MMI infotainment screen has been designed to be particularly intuitive. Otherwise, everything is pretty much as you'd expect, with classy materials and strong build quality. Luggage space out back is 380-litres, rising to 1,220-litres with the seats folded.

Market and Model

A3 Sportback ownership requires pricing starting from around £22,000 and ranging up to around the £30,000 mark, with customers choosing between SE Tecknik, Sport, S line and Black Edition trim levels. You'll be very tempted though, to up the price of your car by adding numerous options. Not only the Virtual Cockpit instrument display but also things like the LED interior lighting package, a panoramic glass sunroof, sports seats, heated seats, advanced key keyless access, deluxe electronic climate control and an adaptive lighting system for the xenon plus headlights, which can be supplemented with variable headlight range control. As for infotainment, well Audi reckons that this A3 sets class standards here. An 'MMI radio plus' set-up with an electrically extending 7-inch diagonal monitor is standard, while the 'MMI navigation' system is fitted from 'SE Technik' trim upwards. Go further and specify the 'MMI navigation plus with MMI touch in conjunction with the Audi connect' package (what a mouthful!) and you can have many online functions in your A3 at high speed via the super-fast LTE standard. They include, for example, navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View traffic information in real time, as well as practical information on parking, destinations, news or the weather. There's also a free 'Audi MMI connect' app that enables other services, such as online media streaming and transfer of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI. Mobile phones with iOS and Android operating systems can now be connected with the car via the standard Audi smartphone interface.

Cost of Ownership

The A3 Sportback pins its colours firmly to the mast of improved efficiency and posts numbers that are markedly more impressive than its already creditable forebear. That's a given. As is the fact that it'll rival the very best in class for residual values. So far, so predictable. The usual drill now is to quote the faintly unbelievable economy figure of the most economical diesel model in the range to underscore that point, but petrol buyers are in for a treat with the 1.0-litre 30 TFSI petrol engine. Expect up to 55.4mpg combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions of up to 114g/km. The A3 range also encompasses a 1.5-litre TFSI petrol engine in the 35 TFSI model, promising up to 53.3mpg with CO2 emissions of up 121g/km. The A3 range also encompasses a 1.6 TDI engine in the 30 TDI model, promising a 64.2mpg potential with CO2 emissions of up to 64.2mpg. All the figures quoted are WLTP-rated converted back to the NEDC2 cycle.

Summary

The Audi A3 was the model that invented the premium compact sector way back in 1996 and since then, almost all the cars sold in this segment have had five doors. Vital then, that this important Ingolstadt model should be so desirable in this form. It still is. The more recent updates have helped its cause, especially if you happen to be looking at a petrol model. And that Virtual Cockpit system is certainly worth a look: all your passengers will comment on it. Otherwise, things are much as they've always been with this model. As ever, this Sportback is light in bulk, heavy in technology and as at home in Belgravia as it is in Brixton. And, as usual with Audi, the interior is where this design really strides apart. You could be in a luxury car. You certainly wouldn't think you were in a run-of-the-mill Focus-sized family hatchback. For not a huge amount more than you'd pay for one of those, this car brings a touch of class to the compact segment. Which of course is why so many people want one.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control
Rear parking sensors
Audi connect
Audi drive select
Audi smartphone interface
Automatic start/stop system
Colour driver's information system display
Electro - mechanical power assisted steering
Hill hold assist
Mobile telephone preparation - bluetooth interface
SD card based MMI navigation
Service interval indicator
Speed limit display
Voice control system
Voice recognition for navigation system
Entertainment
Audi Sound System with 10 speakers
2 USB interfaces and Aux-In jack
Audi music interface
CD player
DAB Digital radio
MMI radio plus with 7" colour MMI screen and MMI controller
Online entertainment
Exterior Features
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators
Solid paint
Aluminium window trim
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
Body colour door mirrors
Chrome exhaust tailpipes
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
Heated windscreen washer jets
Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
LED daytime running lights
Light and rain sensors
Matt black radiator grille
Rear wiper
S line badges on front wings
S Line body styling with front & rear bumpers and side skirts, radiator grille and rear diffuser insert, roof spoiler
Sport specific side air inlet grille and diffuser insert
Interior Features
Sequence cloth/leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossed logo
3 adjustable rear headrests
3 spoke flat bottomed multi-function leather sport steering wheel
4 lashing points to secure luggage
60/40 split folding rear seat
Adjustable front centre armrest
Black cloth headlining
Dual zone electronic climate control
Front and rear interior lights with delay
Front/rear floor mats
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger/outer rear seats inc passenger airbag deactivation
Manual height adjustable front seats
Stainless steel pedals
Storage compartments in doors side trims, centre console and under front drivers seat
Tool kit
Wheels
18" 5-parallel-spoke design alloy wheels in diamond cut finish
Tyre repair kit
Packs
LED interior light pack - A3/RS3
Non smoking pack - A3
Storage and luggage pack - A3/RS3
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats
ABS/EBD
Active bonnet
Active front headrests
Airbags - front driver/passenger, front & rear side, curtain, drivers knee
ASR
EDL
Electromechanical parking brake
ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Manual rear child locks
Multi-Collision braking
Seatbelt warning
Tyre pressure warning
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Anti-theft wheel bolts
Remote control central locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Sports suspension
Trim
Aluminium air vent surrounds
Aluminium trim elements
Matt brushed aluminium inlays
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 118
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 146
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 142
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1598
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code 8VFBDCWQV
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 62.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 68.9
EC Urban (mpg) 54.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 52.3
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 116
Coin Description TDI 116
Coin Series S Line
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 20E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 10.4
Engine Power - BHP 116
Engine Power - KW 85
Engine Power - RPM 3250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 127
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 PARALLEL SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1426
Length 4313
Wheelbase 2637
Width 1785
Width (including mirrors) 1966
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1875
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1220
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 585
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1700
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 680
Minimum Kerbweight 1290
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £357.99 p/m £15.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £393.99 p/m £39.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £417.99 p/m £58.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £310.99 p/m £18.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £344.99 p/m £45.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £370.99 p/m £75.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £283.99 p/m £28.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £312.99 p/m £56.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £335.99 p/m £93.99 p/m
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £431.38 p/m £10.80 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £428.99 p/m £18.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £452.34 p/m £10.80 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £473.30 p/m £14.40 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £472.99 p/m £47.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £494.27 p/m £30.00 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £512.48 p/m £42.00 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £501.99 p/m £70.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £530.70 p/m £54.00 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £361.49 p/m £8.40 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £372.99 p/m £22.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £381.66 p/m £10.80 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £401.21 p/m £26.41 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £413.99 p/m £54.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £419.51 p/m £43.20 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £435.28 p/m £61.21 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £445.99 p/m £90.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £451.04 p/m £74.39 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £313.40 p/m £14.40 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £340.99 p/m £34.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £331.93 p/m £21.60 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £350.02 p/m £39.60 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £375.99 p/m £68.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £366.92 p/m £54.00 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £379.13 p/m £70.80 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £401.99 p/m £111.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £391.03 p/m £86.40 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Auto dimming and folding door mirrors £275.00
Electric folding towbar £850.00
Electric panoramic glass sunroof with sunblind and auto-closure function £1,075.00
Metallic paint £575.00
Pearlescent paint £575.00
Privacy glass - dark tinted rear and rear side windows from B-pillar backwards £375.00
Interior Features
Alcantara/leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossed logo £550.00
Fine Nappa leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossed logo £1,220.00
Packs
Comfort and sound pack - A3 £795.00
Driver assistance pack - A3 Sportback £1,540.00
Driver assistance pack when bought with comfort and sound pack - A3 Sportback £2,035.00
Matrix LED Exterior lighting Pack - A3 £895.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £2,400.00
Metallic - Cosmos blue £575.00
Metallic - Floret silver £575.00
Metallic - Glacier white £575.00
Metallic - Monsoon grey £575.00
Metallic - Mythos black £575.00
Metallic - Nano grey £575.00
Metallic - Tango red £575.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £575.00
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Trim
Alcantara/leather - Black with rock grey contrast stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo £550.00
Alcantara/leather - Rock grey with anthracite stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo £550.00
Fine nappa leather - Black with Rock Grey stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo £1,220.00
Fine nappa leather - Rock grey with anthracite stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo £1,220.00
Sequence cloth/leather - Black with rock grey stitching + front sports seats with S embossed logo FOC
Wheels
18" 10 spoke design alloy wheels in matt titanium look with diamond cut finish £650.00
* option prices shown are estimated