Is the Audi A3 diesel a nice car to drive and own?

Joe Snell

Asked by Apr 05, 2009 at 12:30 PM about the Audi A3

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I am toying with the idea of buying a second hand A3 1.9Tdi.
Which model would be best to get and what are they like to drive? How much can I expect yearly running costs to be?
Thanks for any help....

3 Answers

Mark Pashley

Hi there. I have had the 2.0 A3 tdi sport which is the one I would recomend. The handling is nice and sharp but some would say the ride is a little hard. Road tax is £120 per year and I achieved upto 62 mpg, although this would drop slightly on the urban cycle.

Steve Halloran

Not sure which year you're considering, but here are a bunch of user reviews of the 2007: Hope they help!

Steven Lewis

Great fun to drive. I drove my sister's TDI for a couple of days, thought it compared very favorably with my USA market A3 3.2Q in terms of driving dynamics, maybe even a bit more fun with all that diesel torque (actually felt like it had better low end torque than my V6). It's similarly seems a bit more front end heavy than the 2.0 liter petrol version, which I think handles the best of all of them. Running cost-wise, hard to say, as diesel prices are coming down, at least over here inthe US, but I got very good range when motorway driving at a steady 75-80 mph, as you'd expect with a diesel. Whatever happens, it's going to save you decent money over a petrol version. One word of caution, check out the warranty situation.. Audi's get expensive in a hurry when you're paying the bills. The DSG gearbox is fantastic, but 3 or 4 years ago it was a fairly new technology, and there have been some (expensive) failures requiring replacement boxes. I speak of experience, as my sister's DSG failed, and it was only 3 or 4 months out of warranty. A good 3rd party warranty could be an idea.

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