NEW CAR ROAD TEST: AUDI A3 SALOON
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.