2014 Audi A3 | new car review

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 by
2014 Audi A3
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  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 117,000 - 142,000
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  • Last modified: December 14, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The 2014 Sedan is a lot like that one kid in high school who always seemed to win at Hide and Seek. When exactly it crept into showrooms across the Middle East, no one knows...

Pros

Priced very well in comparison to its competitors.

Cons

Could have been improved as far as the styling is concerned.

Looks

Clearly a member of the Four Rings family, the 2014 Audi A3 Sedan is stylistically  an amalgamation of its older siblings, the A5 and A6. With short overhangs at both ends and large wheels embellishing the length of the vehicle, the end result is a peculiarly tall and boxy figure.

2014 Audi A3 side

Feels

Housing only the bare essentials, the A3 makes itself known as budget sedan right from the get-go, yet it does it in the sort of sophistication you tend associate with the luxury German marque. Keeping buttons and switches to a minimum, the dashboard is neat if a little old-fashioned, with the infotainment screen atop the dashboard being the only hint that A3 is a little new-age.

2014 Audi A3 interior

Engineering

The 2014 A3 ensures the driver, passengers, and other road users are safe at all times with the use of Audi’s active lane assist and pre-sense safety systems. While the active lane assist helps keep the vehicle in the lane by making gentle adjustments to the steering, the pre-sense system automatically applies the brakes should you approach the vehicle ahead too quickly. Safety is clearly something that hasn’t been skimped on.

2014 Audi A3 front

On offer

Kicking out 125 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 200 Nm at 4,000 RPM, the 1.4 litre turbocharged unit found in the A3 isn’t all bad. The beefier 1.8 litre turbocharged unit ups the ante to 180 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque, but while both engines get mated to a 7 speed dual clutch transmission, the 1.4 litre trudges to a 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds, in comparison to a tidier 7.3 seconds from the 1.8 litre unit.

2014 Audi A3 rear

Verdict

The 2014 Audi A3 Sedan is the third model in the brand’s line-up to fall into the D-segment of the market. Going up against the Cadillac ATS and BMW 3-Series, the A3 Sedan clearly has the edge as far as prices are concerned, let’s just hope it doesn’t cannibalise on the profits of its own siblings as well.

2014 Audi A3 front side

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