Review: Audi A3 (2008 – 2012)


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.

Doesn't handle as well as some other premium hatchbacks. All diesels remain belt cam.

Audi A3 (2008 – 2012): At A Glance

The 2008 Audi A3 is basically a VW Golf V1 with more upmarket trim that carries more status.

What does a Audi A3 (2008 – 2012) cost?

List Price from £22,725
Buy new from £19,295
Contract hire from £219.18 per month

Real MPG average for a Audi A3 (2008 – 2012)

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Average performance


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20–71 mpg

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Blown turbo on Audi A3

About a year ago the turbo failed on my 62-plate Audi A3. It was replaced under warranty (it had one month left) and now the newer turbo has blown. The car has no warranty and has done 52,000 miles. Should this have happened? Do you think I should take it back to the garage and complain?
The reason it will have failed will be that the turbo bearing oil feed and oil return pipes were not replaced, carbon will have built up in them and that will have restricted the oil flow to the bearing of the new turbo. Bad work by the garage that fitted the new turbo.
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