Audi A3 Saloon Road Test (2013)

Audi A3 Saloon (Interior View) (2013)
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It is not particularly intrusive, but there is a bit of a gruff edge to the engine note when you are driving quickly.

Comfort and Refinement

With this two-litre diesel version you are fairly aware of the engine as you drive. It is not particularly intrusive, but there is a bit of a gruff edge to the engine note when you are driving quickly. Seat comfort is excellent all round, including in the back, and for a car this size the headroom and leg space is pretty reasonable, although anyone tall sitting in the back may find themselves quite close to the ceiling.

Noise levels are pretty well suppressed. There is only a very slight ruffle of wind noise around the A pillars at speed, and a bit of rumble is fed up from the tyres, but it isn't unduly noticeable.

Safety and Security

This is a five-star car in Europe NCAP crash testing (it was the A3 hatchback that was used for the tests) and safety is well provided for with an array of standard airbags and electronic safety aids for the driver. The technology kit available includes a pre-sense safety system that anticipates if the driver is not reacting quickly enough to something looming ahead, an active lane assist to detect when your concentration is dipping and the car is starting to deviate into another lane.

Infotainment

The car comes with a standard 10-speaker sound system, and a 14-speaker, 705-watt Bang and Olufsen stereo is optional.  Like other A3 models, the Saloon has an MMI (man machine interface) that includes a clever scrolling feature. Wi-Fi internet access is on the options list.

Standard kit includes 17-inch alloys sports seats, dual-zone climate control, programmable sport suspension, and colour screen driver's information. Higher spec S line models also have Xenon headlights, LED running lights and part leather seats, Automatic parking is offered as an option.

Rivals
  • BMW 1-Series
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
  • Volkswagen Passat CC
What We Liked
  • Svelte good looks
  • High class cabin, elegantly styled and quality finish
  • Practical 425-litres boot than can be extended to 880 litres.
  • Comfortable space for five people
  • A low CO2 version is available in the 1.6 diesel with only 99 g/km
  • Good to drive, strong performance and mannerly
  • Sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel
  • Attention to detail. Check out the arched tubes that encase the boot hinges.
What We Disliked
  • Slightly gruff engine note
  • Boot lip relatively high.
  • Boot access not quite as practical as the big aperture of the hatchback versions
What We Would Like To See
  • A slightly lower lip on the boot.
Conclusion

This is a smart move by Audi. This saloon has a coupe-esque look to it, sleek and stylish but also practical and roomy for its overall dimensions. It is a bit less conservatively styled than some saloon cars, and is arguably the best looker of the A3 family. We like it.

8 July 2013 Sue Baker
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Audi A3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAudi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI Sport
  
Body Type4-door Saloon
ColourMisano Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.7 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban54.3 mpg
Extra Urban80.7 mpg
Combined68.9 mpg
  
Insurance Group21
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 08/07/13)£26,425
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