Audi A3 (2003 - 2008)
Last updated 7 March 2014
V-belt tensioner bracket on 83k mile 2008 Audi A3 1.9TDI sheared. Engine then needed a new V-belt, timing belt and waterpump (would have needed the timing belt and waterpump anyway).
First VAG 'C' segment hatch based on PQ35 floorpan later shared with Golf V and Leon II.
Handled quite well. The old A3 was pretty good for its day. The Golf Mk IV and the Octavia took handling a step back. The SEAT Leon brought it forward again. But the new A3 shifts the goalposts altogether.
Outside, its chunky good looking and Audi-like. First with the new corporate two-tier Audi grille, like the Nuvolari concept car. Inside, you get a fully adjustable driving position and an interior that quietly shouts quality. Getting comfortable takes no time at all and, unlike some former Audis, you dont feel the need to re-adjust yourself afterwards.