2015 Audi A3 | new car review

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 by
2015 Audi A3
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AEDAED 92,000 - 147,500
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 85%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

Forget the competition - the 2015 A3 is the only D-segment offering that'll catch your attention the first time round itself.

Pros

Priced very well in comparison to its competitors.

Cons

Interior could have been designed a little better.

Looks

Clearly a member of the Four Rings family, the 2015 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 A3 is a brilliantly styled vehicle.

2015 Audi A3 top

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.

2015 Audi A3 interior

Engineering

The 2015 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.

2015 Audi A3 front

What’s on offer?

Kicking out 122 horsepower at 5,000 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 280 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 6.8 seconds from the 1.8 litre unit. For the performance junkies, the S3 with its sub AED 150,000 price tag is the one to go for – 280 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque sounds good, doesn’t it?

2015 Audi A3 side

Verdict

The 2015 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.

2015 Audi A3 rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Audi A3 30 TFSI2015 Audi A3 40 TFSI2015 Audi A3 40 TFSI AWD2015 Audi S3
Engine/ Cylinders1.4 litre turbocharged / 4 cyl1.8 litre turbocharged / 4 cyl1.8 litre turbocharged / 4 cyl2.0 litre turbocharged / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
122 hp @ 5,000 RPM180 hp @ 6,200 RPM180 hp @ 6,200 RPM280 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
200 Nm @ 4,000 RPM250 Nm @ 5,000 RPM280 Nm @ 4,500 RPM380 Nm @ 5,500 RPM
Tranmission7 speed dual clutch automatic7 speed dual clutch automatic / 6 speed dual clutch automatic6 speed dual clutch automatic6 speed dual clutch automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive / All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h9.3 secs7.3 secs6.8 secs5.0 secs
Top speed211 km/h235 km/h250 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 92,000 - 99,500AED 109,500AED 119,500AED 147,500

4 Responses to 2015 Audi A3 | new car review

  1. Sanooj Sherif Reply

    June 7, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the detailed info, Zaran. You got all my questions covered. Will keep you guys posted about my final choice.
    Best Regards.

  2. S. Sherif Reply

    June 4, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Zaran,hope you’re doing well. I am eyeing the A3 1.4l base version, to replace my five-year old Tiida H/B. The price for something of its class- has definitely grabbed my attention.
    Not sure if its a silly comparison- but where do you think they both stand in stands in terms of fuel economy. The Tiida manages nearly 12km for 1 litre under current driving conditions.

    Also, any suggestions for a compact sedan or compact SUV with decent power and fuel economy- mostly on highway driving conditions (priced under 80k)?
    Thanks.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 7, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Morning Sanooj,

      Hope you had a good weekend and are ready for all that the coming days have in store for you!

      First things first, the A3 is a stellar offering for its price range and is definitely attractive. But before you get carried away with its starting price, keep in mind that maintenance costs for an Audi, albeit an A3, will be significantly higher than they are for your Tiida. With that in mind, official numbers rate the A3 1.4 litre at 6.3 litres / 100km which translates to approx 15 km / litre. It’s an indicator, but I’d take that figure with a pinch of salt.

      Moving on to compact SUVs under AED 80,000, you’re looking at two offerings that are in their own ways undisputed champions; the Chevrolet Trax and the Nissan X-Trail. While the Trax is undoubtedly more fun to chuck around, its 140 horsepower output is less than what you’ll find in the X-Trail. Depending on the grade you opt for, the Trax will set you back anywhere in between AED 72,000 and AED 89,000 and will return 13 km / litre, according to official figures. The Nissan X-Trail on the other hand, will offer you 170 horsepower and cover 11.1 km / litre for a starting price of AED 75,000.

      At the end of the day Sanooj, if you’re willing to absorb the higher maintenance costs and lower resale value of the Audi A3, then you really cannot go wrong with it. It’s a brilliant car and will propel you into the upper strata of automobile ownership. However, if you’re looking for something a little more rugged, then consider the Trax and X-Trail as viable alternative. Whichever one you do opt for, I’d recommend a test drive from the showroom just to make sure you’re content and aware of what you’re getting yourself into. It would also be handy to ask the salesman if they’re offering you a service contract of sorts to make your ownership experience even more fruitful.

      All the very best and keep us in the loop 🙂

      Best regards,

      Zaran Tarapore

      • Sanooj Sherif Reply

        August 5, 2015 at 7:59 am

        Hello,
        I finally settled for the Trax with the FWD full option costing AED77000, inclusive of the Ramadan discount. I’ve been driving it for nearly three weeks and am really happy with the purchase. Thanks for your suggestions.

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