2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
The A3 is a noble edition in the compact class. The little Audi is also a good example of reliability.
A compact class car doesn't always have to mean sacrificing style, luxury and image. A model like the VW Golf is quite a classless car. But the Audi A3 has also been on the same basis since the mid-1990s, and it is considered to be the somewhat more sophisticated choice when it comes to compact cars. That was true for the first A3 generation, but even more so for the successor. Because it not only shows basic qualities - the little Audi is also a good example of reliability in the breakdown statistics of the ADAC in Munich.
Improved second generation
The A3 is one of the best in its class anyway - but the younger models are particularly reliable. According to ADAC, the second generation in particular shows a “significantly improved and thus a very low level of defects and breakdowns” compared to the original model. There are still a few anomalies: This applies to defective turbochargers and slipped turbo hoses on diesels built between 2003 and 2005. In addition, petrol engines up to 2005 and diesels up to 2006 had defects and malfunctions in the engine management system. Defective ignition coils (gasoline 2.0, 2003 to 2005) and defective starters (diesel 2.0, 2003 to 2005) have also become noticeable.
The first A3 appeared on the market in mid-1996. The initial three-door model was followed by a five-door model in 1999. A facelift was due in autumn 2000. The successor model also appeared initially as a three-door model in 2003. The five-door model now known as Sportback followed in 2004.
Diverse engine program
The engine range for the A3 is quite diverse. Depending on the model and year of manufacture, the performance range for the petrol engines ranges from 74 kW / 101 PS to the sport versions called S3 with up to 195 kW / 265 PS. Diesel was already available in the first A3 with 66 kW / 90 PS, the upper limit is now 125 kW / 170 PS.
A first-generation A3 1.6 Attraction from 1997 is now available for around 4000 euros, according to the Schwacke list. An A3 1.6 Attraction of the successor generation known internally as 8P from 2003 is on the list for 8,600 euros. A diesel model A3 2.0 TDI PDF Attraction from 2008 should be available for 16,600 euros. (dpa / tmn)