The Audi A3 8V is a top class premium compact car. It looks like a new model, especially after a facelift, it has good equipment, a lot of versions and variety, and also surprises with the quality of work and the inappropriate silhouette. Moreover, if one is looking for a 3-door hatchback, this is one of the last chances to have a car with this new body and style.
Almost all gasoline and diesel engines are amazing and do not suffer from major design flaws. The basic 1.2 TFSI and 1.4 TFSI petrol units (EA211 – versions with 125 and 150 HP) are belt-driven timing engines, unlike the older and problematic EA111 models, where the timing was driven by a chain. The 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI units still have chain timing and are completely redesigned, so there are no problems with high fuel consumption or timing instability.
Note that the mid-2016 facelift brought a major overhaul to the engine range. The 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8 engines were phased out and replaced by new 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder and 1.5 TFSI four-cylinder engines. Other versions are more complex, eg versions with eight fuel injectors. Their complex structure can be expensive to service in the future.
Anti-corrosion protection is very good, the interior is made carefully, so that nothing knocks or creaks. The suspension is good, but sports stability. At higher distances, play appears on the rocker arm bushings.
Advantages of Audi A3 III:
- models after a facelift look as if they left the showroom;
- large, understated but sporty style;
- the number of versions of equipment, combinations and engines;
- very good work, good materials in the interior;
- it is not very different from the example given now.
Disadvantages of Audi A3 III:
- too high a purchase price;
- most worn out with a diesel engine;
- some modified engines have a complex design.
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