Juliet Reviews…The Audi A3 Sedan

The small luxury car segment might be dwindling, but that doesn’t mean that the Audi A3 isn’t still a very popular choice among customers. Since it launched in 1998, Audi has seen more than 63 000 units being sold. The fourth generation arrived in South Africa earlier this year, but it is the sedan version, in its second generation, that has me excited.

A BOOT TO BOOT

The A3 Sedan has proved to be popular among small families and for good reason. Audi was able to take its ever popular A3 sportback and attach a boot to it without compromising the look or feel of the car. This is no small feat. This second generation is as good looking if now a little more sporty looking. It hasn’t exactly received a revolutionary design change, more of an evolutionary one. It now boasts a honeycomb grille that reminds us of the RS-badged Audi models, giving it that sporty edge.

PRACTICALLY PRACTICAL

The new A3 Sedan is 15 cm longer than the A3 Sportback and so boasts a boot capacity of 425-litres, as opposed to the 380-litres you’ll get on the Sportback. The cabin is familiar, but it boasts an air of modernity. It is driver focused and like all Audi models, the functionality of everything is user-friendly and comprehensive.

BEWARE THE LIST

There are three trim levels available; Standard, Advanced and S Line. But the options list is extensive and if you are not careful, you will see yourself spending close to a million rand on what is essentially a small sedan. My test car, for example, was the Advanced model and as standard, is priced at R601 000. With the optional extras, of which included a sunroof for R17 000, seat heaters at R5 500, sport seats at R6 000 which are made to be electrically adjustable for the price of R19 000, and that is without mentioning the leather/leatherette combo upholstery which comes in at R19 000, and the horde of other options, the total price is over R820 000. So beware!

POWER NOT OPTIONAL

What does thankfully come standard is the engine. There is a choice between the entry-level 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor (there are only petrol engines on offer). This produces 110kW and 250Nm. It is certainly punchy enough, but if you want a little more oomph, you can opt for a 2.0-litre version which will give you 140kW and 320Nm. Fuel consumption on the 1.4-litre model is claimed at 6.1l/100 km and it is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The A3 40 TFSI model (with its 2.0-litre engine) is mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission.

 

PRICING

  • Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI                                 R561 000
  • Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI Advanced               R586 000
  • Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI S line                       R601 000
  • Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI S line                       R641 000
  • Audi S3 Sportback TFSI quattro                         R795 000
  • Audi A3 Sedan 35 TFSI                                        R576 000
  • Audi A3 Sedan 35 TFSI Advanced                      R601 000
  • Audi A3 Sedan 35 TFSI S line                              R616 000
  • Audi A3 Sedan 40 TFSI S line                              R656 000
  • Audi S3 Sedan TFSI quattro                                 R810 000

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