NEW CAR ROAD TEST: AUDI A3 SA­LOON

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - CLASSIFIED -

De­sign-wise, the A3 Sa­loon looks as­ton­ish­ingly like an A4 that’s been scaled down slightly.

Some might not be fans of Audi’s Rus­sian Doll styling ap­proach and sure enough, there aren’t too many sur­prises about the look and feel of this one. Still, given the up­ward tra­jec­tory of Audi’s sales fig­ures, per­haps that’s no bad thing.

Ex­te­rior changes made to this cur­rent ver­sion in re­cent years are slight but the front looks a lit­tle more pur­pose­ful than it once did, cour­tesy of sharp lines for the fa­mil­iar and now broader Sin­gle­frame grille. En­gine-wise, many will want to avoid the en­try-level unit (1.6-litre diesel) in favour of the two pow­er­plants that make up the heart of the range.

The most ob­vi­ous choice is the one most buy­ers will prob­a­bly make, the 2.0-litre diesel in the 35 TDI model.

If we were buy­ing this car, though, we’d take the other main­stream op­tion, the petrol ver­sion which uses a 150PS edi­tion of the VW Group’s 1.5 TFSI petrol unit with CoD, or “Cylin­der on De­mand” tech.

The A3 Sa­loon is only of­fered in hi-spec Sport, S line and Black Edi­tion trims, with prices start­ing from just over £28,000.

Econ­omy fig­ures are pretty good, av­er­ag­ing 42.8mpg on the com­bined cy­cle.

While it won’t turn your head like a Mercedes CLA, there are many who pre­fer Audi’s more dis­creet take on this com­pact ex­ec­u­tive sa­loon.

As the A4 has be­come big­ger and more so­phis­ti­cated, it has cre­ated a space be­low it for Audi to demon­strate how well it does clean and el­e­gant.

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