Audi A3 (2003 - 2008)
Last updated 26 March 2014
2007 A3 2.0 TDI suffered DMF failure at 46k miles.
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.