Audi A3 (Side/Rear) (2012)
Audi A3 (Side/Rear) (2012)

Ride and Handling

Like its predecessor, the new A3 has MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, but it has been re-designed and lightened for better efficiency. The car has a quite alert, lively feel that makes it enjoyable to drive, but it is also reassuringly planted and precise. It is amongst the best cars of its size for driving pleasure. The steering is well-weighted, accurate and informative, so you always know very precisely where the wheels are pointing. The ride quality is nicely damped and quite absorbent over coarse road surfaces, so you don’t get too jostled about. It verges towards firmness, though, so you cannot fail to notice where the potholes are.

Ease of Use

Space is a touch tight in the back, and tall passengers may find their knees pressed against the front seats. There is also the inevitable annoyance that you get with a three-door car of having to access the back by climbing past the tilted front seats. But boot capacity is reasonable at 375 litres, and it extends to 985 litres with the rear seats folded. With the two-litre diesel engine the A3 makes a good tow-car, with a towing capacity better than many of its rivals, at 1,600 kg.

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