Long term report: Audi A3

Audi A3
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Originally being from t'North, I've become rather accustomed to travelling the long journey from AOL Cars' towers in Gosport to home in Stoke-on-Trent and back again, but I genuinely don't think I've enjoyed the long jaunt as much as I did in the A3.
I took our recently-arrived scarlet Sportback to a business meeting not so long ago, which involved trekking from the south coast up to Newcastle – and the car was perfect.

It has everything going for it. It's nice and comfortable, incredibly good on fuel with an average mpg of 67.3, its driving position is spot-on, gear changes are smooth, it looks great, there's plenty of space and, most importantly, it has a DAB radio (Absolute 80s being a necessity for any road trip).

The only real niggle I had was the electric handbrake. Because it's not something I'm used to, I found myself looking down to use it – plus, it's just another electrical item that could go wrong.

And, it lacked a USB input but had two SD ports, which was definitely not helpful having realised I'd forgotten my in-car adapter.

Author: Danielle Bagnall (@DanniBagnall)

The knowledge

Model: Audi A3 Sportback S line 2.0 TDI 6-speed manual
Price: £31,130 (as tested)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel
Power: 182bhp, 380Nm
Max speed: 145mph
0-60mph: 7.2s
Emissions: 110g/km
Mileage this month: 812

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The DAB radio – it picks up delights like Absolute 80s. Groovy!
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