Long term report: Audi A3

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Audi A3 long termer
Blackball Media

I was a little anxious when I was asked to write this review. Everyone at AOL Cars seems to love this car, and no-one seems to have a bad word to say about it.

As I got ready to set off for a day of meetings, I made a mental note to be as objective as possible.

Right, first impressions. Did the Audi look good? Check. Was the interior stylish? Check. Was the seating position comfortable? Check. Was the sat-nav easy to use? Eventually! OK, I am certainly not a technophobe, but this just seemed overly complicated. Mind you, I should have read the instructions.

Once I got the navigation sorted and hit the road I could see why everyone has been raving about the A3. The drive was effortless and this is a car that certainly has enough power to please most people.

With every passing mile it was getting harder and harder to find any faults. That was until I stopped to get a coffee and spotted a tiny flaw in the car's design. The cup holder was tricky to get to as it's behind the gearstick and there was so little of the cup above the rim of the holder, the lid nearly popped off every time I went for a sip.

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: 691
This month's highlight: Sorting out the navigation and hitting the road in style.

Author: Andy Entwistle