Of all, the 123bph 1.4 turbocharge petrol engine is probably the best. It’s quite a punch and is smooth as well as affordable to buy and run. 108bhp 1.6, entry level is not fast but still is joy to ride. The 148 bhp 2.0-litre has an edge across the rev range. When turbo kicks in 181bhp version, there is a defined surge.
With three suspension settings which are SE, lower Sport and lower-still S line, SE’s standard suspension gives the best balance at no extra cost with every trim level. Though slight firm, it’s not uncomfortable and responses to the change of direction. Steering is precise and plenty of grip.
It has refined engine at a steady cruise with very low wind noise around door mirrors. The road noise is quite controlled also. The manual gearshift of the car is quite responsive and the weighted clutch and brake pedals adding to the comfort.
For keeping the weight less, combination of aluminum and high strength steel has been used. The engine has stop-start technology ensuring fuel economy and CO2 emissions have upper hand to its rivals. Prices are high but not higher than Volkswagen Golf.
The safety features of Audi A3 Sportback include the stability control and front, side and curtain airbags. The car has earned five star rating from Euro NCAP. The car also has deadlocks and one alarm fitted as standard to avoid any stealth.
It has high level of built quality with soft material and classy cabins, nicely weighted switchgear and slim infotainment touch-screen with proper placement. Audi’s reliability can’t be called impressive but still good.
Most of the car’s function can be controlled by the Audi’s Multi Media Interface through buttons and central control system. System is simple with most of the shortcut keys accessible by touch. Wide range of steering wheel and seat adjustments make it comfortable for driving by all size of people.
The Sportback has two extra doors provided and interior space as well as greater boot capacity having a boot space of 380 litre and adjustable floor. The car provides greater wheelbase letting for more legroom and comfort.
In the entry level SE spec, the features include Bluetooth, USB socket, voice control and manual air conditioning. The Sport versions come with dual-zone climate control, sports seats and suspension. SE and S have option of sports suspension available without any extra cost where as in S line models have standard body-kitted sports suspension.
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