2008 Audi A3 | new car review

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 by

The smallest model series in the line-up, the is offered as three and five-door hatchbacks and fits quite well in the premium end of the growing B-segment market, particularly in Dubai, UAE.

Three engines are offered with the A3, the smallest being the 101hp in-line naturally-aspirated four-cylinder, middle order 150hp 2-litre four-cylinder and 250hp 3.2-litre V6. Only the V6 is offered with a choice of manual and automatic transmission.

Now boasting a grille mimicking the face of as seen on the larger A4, A6 and A8 models, the A3’s bodyshell is new with a longer wheelbase and some extra width. It offers more passenger area, particularly in the back, and headroom is generous all round.

The A3 is, without any doubt, an extraordinary prestige sports hatch. And no wonder – because in terms of riding comfort and protection the A3 is more akin to an executive saloon than the usual sports hatch.

It features an uncomplicated no-nonsense dashboard that uses a soft material that’s pleasing to the touch. Nifty detail touches include rotary switches that don’t actually rotate. The switches themselves remain vertical while you click them left or right to alter the settings of the twin-zone temperature controls.

Power windows up front, ABS, alloy wheels, engine immobiliser, anti-theft system, driver and passenger airbags (front and side!) are but some of the features that give the A3 an exceptional level of standard equipment for its class.

Audi’s rigorous quality control regime is very much evident in the A3’s fit and finish, both inside and out. Although its new interior is warmer and less chilly (in the emotional sense), the A3 demonstrates that the company still favours subtlety, and not pomposity, in its approach.

Technical Specifications
Engine1.6-litre 4-Cyl2.0-litre 4-Cyl2.0-litre 4-Cyl3.2-litre V6
Power101 bhp159 bhp200 bhp250 bhp
Torque148 Nm200 Nm280 Nm320 Nm
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 87500 – upto 145000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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