Audi A3 (2003–2008)

Model History

June 2003

First car based on PQ35 floorpan shared with Golf V and Leon II. 4,203mm long x 1,765mm wide. In UK from June 2003. 30% stiffer bodyshell with very tight shut lines. Family of VAG engines include 102PS 1.6; 116bhp FSI 1.6; 150PS FSI 2.0 16v; 185PS 2.0T, 105PS 1.9TDI; 140PS 2.0 TDI 16v and 250PS 3.2 V6 Quattro with revolutionary Direct Shift Gearbox as first seen on 3.2 TT. All engines confrom to EU4 emissions.

Multi-link rear suspension. Electro-mechanical power steering. Front wheel drive models all drive and handle smoothly and well. 250PS 3.2 Quattro priced at £23,665 for 6-speed manual; £25,065 for DSG.

February 2005

S line spec available at extra £1,000 for all A3 quattros and DGSs, including 200PS 2.0-litre turbo petrol FSI engine, 250PS 3.2 quattro and 140PS 2.0 TDI where quattro ans/or DSG is specified. S line features include 18-inch, RS 6-style 5 Arm alloy wheels, unique S line sports suspension, S line badging for the side panels and sill strips, leather and Speed cloth upholstered sports seats and a perforated leather-trimmed S line sports steering wheel.

July 2005

New look front with single frame grille. Sports suspension revisions. S line upgrade. Available to order from 29-4-2005 at OTR prices ranging from £15,515 to £24,130 for first deliveries in July 2005. From August 2005, A3 and A3 Sportback 2.0 T FSI models can be ordered in standard form with prices starting from £19,070 OTR, less than a Golf GTI 200T.

May 2006

New 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI engine with piezo injection technology and Diesel Particulate Filter offered in addition to existing 140PS. Available with quattro and front-drive and with either standard six-speed manual transmission or optional S-tronic twin clutch automatic (formerly called DSG).

A3 priced from £18,930 OTR to £24,405 OTR.

170PS @ 4,200rpm, 320Nm from 1,750rpm to 2,500rpm

A3 2.0 TDI: 0-62mph in 8.2 secs (2.0 TDI quattro 7.8 secs), top speed 138mph (2.0 TDI quattro 136mph), combined mpg 48.7 (2.0 TDI quattro 44.1), C02 output 157g/km (2.0 TDI quattro 173g/km)

A3 and A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI models OTR prices

A3 2.0 TDI 140PS £18,105

A3 2.0 TDI SE 140PS £20,105

A3 2.0 TDI Sport 140PS £20,105

A3 2.0 TDI S line 140PS £21,655

A3 2.0 TDI quattro Sport 140PS £21,505

A3 2.0 TDI quattro S line 140PS £23,055

A3 2.0 TDI 170PS £18,930

A3 2.0 TDI SE 170PS £20,930

A3 2.0 TDI Sport 170PS £20,930

A3 2.0 TDI S line 170PS £22,480

A3 2.0 TDI quattro Sport 170PS £22,355

A3 2.0 TDI quattro S line 170PS £23,905

August 2006

New 1.4 TFSI replaces 1.6 FSI on standard, SE and S line trim priced from £16,365 OTR. First deliveries in October. 125PS @ 5,000rpm (v/s 1.6 FSI 115PS @ 5,800rpm), 200Nm @ 1,500rpm (v/x 1.6 FSI 155Nm @ 4,000rpm). 0-60mph in 9.3 secs, top speed 126mph, combined mpg 43.5, CO2 154g/km (v/s A3 1.6 FSI 10.9 secs, 122mph, 42.8mpg, 158g/km)

Proposed Congestion Tax exempt 1.9 TDI with 119g/km CO2 output announced 21-8-07. Officially 62.7mpg combined. £16,660 OTR as 3-dr or £17,160 OTR for the five-door Sportback. First deliveries in October 2007. A3 1.9 TDI with five-speed manual transmission – 105PS @ 4,000rpm, 250Nm @ 1,900rpm, 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds, 120mph, 62.7mpg, CO2 119g/km.

December 2006

New four-cylinder 1.8-litre Turbo FSI petrol engine with 160PS @ 5,000 - 6,200rpm and 250Nm @ 1,500 - 4,200rpm for A3 models. Available with manual and S tronic transmissions. A3 1.8 TFSI priced from £18,100 OTR, 0-62mph in 8.0 seconds, top speed 136mph, combined MPG 38.6, C02 174g/km.

January 2007

New S3 quattro. UK OTR price £27,000. Specially developed 2.0 Turbo FSI engine features alloy head, new turbo charger with enlarged turbine and compressor rotor and modified intercooler. 265PS@6,000rpm, 350Nm from 2,500rpm to 5,000rpm. 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds, top speed limited to 155mph, combined mpg 25.7.

Six-speed manual gearbox with reduced shift travel, quattro four-wheel-drive. Sports suspension incorporating greater aluminium content and revised spring and damper settings, power steering settings modified for optimum feel and response. Exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres and S quattro body styling with trademark aluminium-look door mirror surrounds, enhanced sports interior. Fast, but not fierce. May be followed by 350bhp £35,000 RS3.

May 2012

Audi revised its recommendation for timing belt replacement on the 200PS 2.0 TSI engine to be 75,000 miles or 5 years whichever comes soonest.

What does a Audi A3 (2003 – 2008) cost?

List Price from £30,564
Buy new from £28,801
Contract hire from £219.18 per month