The Audi A3 Saloon is quoted as being ‘one of the car world’s best-kept secrets’. Which is easy to believe why when you see what it’s hiding inside.
For many families and businesses, the A3 Saloon is the first choice on their list of potential cars, thanks to a number of features, some of which may not be so obvious.
To start, it’s compact on the outside, but surprisingly roomy on the inside. And this isn’t the only convention-defying attribute. If you take a closer look, you’ll also find it’s secretly both a rapid-mover and a good-looker
But don’t take our word for it, arrange a test drive with any of our Jardine Motors Audi showrooms today and experience the Audi A3 Saloon for yourself.
Audi like to focus on every detail of their cars. However, safety will always come first. And that’s simply because you come first.
This is why Audi were one of the first to introduce various active systems to their cars, designed to help prevent accidents. For example, Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) reduces engine power to alleviate wheel spin and help the vehicle find traction when you need it most, while Electronic Stability Control (ESC) complements ASR by braking individual wheels and adjusting engine output to further maintain stability on the road.
And, if all else fails, numerous strategically-placed airbags and ISOFIX anchor points are there to ensure your safety at all times.
Travelling in style usually comes at a cost. But with the Audi A3 Saloon, you get to sit back and relax in comfort and luxury in a first-class environment for less than you think.
This economical and family-friendly saloon is longer than its Sportback equivalent, which enhances and increases the interior dimensions. What’s more, you can choose a three-spoke leather-trimmed sports steering wheel to match the upholstery. And you also choose from multiple personalisation options to finish the interior as per your own unique tastes.
But Audi like to consider everything, both inside and out. Which is why the A3 Saloon offers an arching roofline that connects the flat boot lid with the gently sloping bonnet, while the range-topping S line Nav model features Xenon Plus headlights, with LED daytime running lights that help capture attention any hour of the day.
Technology can take you places. But you can get there a lot quicker when you travel using Audi’s technically-advanced 1.8-litre TFSI quattro engine that’s transferred through a six-speed S tronic gearbox.
The equally impressive TDI diesels range from 1.6 to 2.0-litre capacity and are also brawny yet very economical, with the 1.6-litre TDI offering a fuel economy figure of as much as 72.4mpg.
But sometimes you just want to take it easy and take the foot off the gas a little. In which case, the A3 Saloon’s audio and communication technology make every journey an enjoyable and relaxing one. Both the Sport Nav and S line Nav versions gain a 5.8-inch QVGA colour display screen that extends from the dashboard, while built-in Bluetooth connects you to the people who matter without the need to take your eyes off the road.
The Audi A3 quattro system is the Hydraulic multi-plate clutch system. This type of quattro is designed for models that have the engine mounted across the chassis. With a front wheel bias in normal driving conditions, up to 100% of the power can be sent to the rear wheels when needed.
|Vehicle length||4,456mm / 175 inches|
|Vehicle width||1,796mm / 71 inches|
|Vehicle height||1,416mm / 56 inches|
|Wheelbase||2,637mm / 104 inches|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1,270kg / 2,800lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||1.6-litre TDI / four|
|Max Torque||250Nm @ 1,500 - 3,000rpm|
|Max Power||108bhp @ 3,200 - 4,000rpm|
|Acceleration||0-60mph / 10.7 seconds (approximately)|