The all-new Audi A3’s design reflects the German manufacturer’s mantra of ‘evolution not revolution’. It has subtly redefined the look of its successful predecessor, while improving fit and finish, and on-board technology.
It’s resulted in a car which confirms its premium lower-medium status and is sure to appeal to the fleet market.
Audi has redesigned the A3 from the ground up and its ultra-lightweight construction has produced a car 80kg lighter than its predecessor.
Our test version – the 2.0 TDI (150PS) SE – boasts an impressive 106g/km of CO2, while the less powerful (105PS) 1.6 TDI achieves 99g/km.
The 1.6 diesel variant has a claimed combined of 74.3mpg, while our 2.0-litre version quotes a combined figure of 68.9mpg.
But, having covered several hundred miles around town and on the motorway, we’re currently only achieving 48.4mpg – almost a 30% shortfall. That should hopefully improve with a greater focus on driving style in the coming weeks.
Inside, the A3 feels roomy and uncluttered, while boot space has increased from 350 litres to 365 litres.
The ride is firm – it’s an Audi – but not uncomfortable and the power from the 2.0-litre TDI engine paired with the six-speed manual gearbox delivers enough torque to keep you interested.
It all combines to provide a very compelling proposition for fleets and for company car drivers eager to possess the premium badge.