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Audi A3 (2008–2012)

Last updated 5 January 2019

Good choice of engines. Some petrol engines now chain cam. Comfortable and well built interior. cheap to run 1.6 TDI. Feels very refined especially on the motorway.
Golf with Audi cachet. Doesn't handle as well as some other premium hatchbacks. All diesels remain belt cam.
Updated 5 January 2019

Report of timing chain failure of 2009 Audi A3 1.8T TFSI (EA888) at 60k miles in 2017. M echanic fixed it and all sweet until xmas eve 2018 when exactly the same thing happened at around 75mph: a bump...

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Owners' reviews

A good solid car with decent economy and performance
This was my first Audi, but I won't be in a hurry to get another one.
A joy to drive, I used any excuse to get behind the wheel.
Expensive service and repairs. Not so good on the road
Great looks, good for A and B road driving, overall a little harsh

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