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Our fleet: Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI Sport - October 2013

BIK List Price
Audi A3 Sportback BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Audi A3 Sportback BIK Percent
Audi A3 Sportback CO2
Combined MPG
Audi A3 Sportback MPG


I seem to have had more than my fair share of punctures in the past few years.

I average about one a year, so when the rear of the Audi A3 Sportback began to feel a little loose at 70mph and was then accompanied by a rumbling at the offside rear corner, I knew what was coming.

Luckily, I was a short distance from an exit on the Peterborough ring road (which has no hard shoulder), so rather than ruin everyone’s morning, I coasted off the road and turned into a nearby cul-de-sac.

A spacesaver spare meant I was able to get on my way again within 30 minutes and after contacting Audi to check preferences for a replacement I was told any outlet would be fine, as long as it was a like-for-like match.

The Audi is running Pirelli Cinturato tyres.

They are optimised for low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.

A call to Halfords Autocentres in Peterborough started well when I was told the size was in stock.

But when I pointed out that I needed a like-for-like replacement, the Halfords representative said the P6000 tyres he had in stock would be fine. “A Pirelli is a Pirelli,” he said.

He also warned that the Cinturato may not be in stock anywhere (yes, I know some tyres are made in batches and stock sometimes runs out), but I knew this would be unlikely with such a popular model.

Unfortunately, I seemed to know more about tyres than this ‘expert’, and went elsewhere.One of Peterborough’s Kwik Fit centres had the Cinturato tyres in stock and fitted one that afternoon.

Top Speed
Audi A3 Sportback Top Speed
VED band
Audi A3 Sportback Ved
Fuel Type
Audi A3 Sportback Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,850
4 Year 80k : £8,050
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 32.03
4 Year 80k : 30.13

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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