Audi A3 is a medium sized luxury coupe and cabriole. First generation models were available from 1996 and second generation versions from 2006. Second generation models benefit from increased interior space, improved performance and a choice of more sporty vehicles. Latest 2007/2008 models are the best yet - good looking, with a very modern and highly distinctive design and powerful engines. Available as either a 3-door A3 or 5-door A3 Sportback they make a good choice for those seeking an Audi combining style and performance with practicality. Both standard and Sportback models are distinguished by their classic coupe shape, alloy wheels and single-frame grille. Top speeds of 155mph and capable of hitting 0-62 mph in 5.7 secs. There are two types of advanced petrol engine to choose from on the latest A3s - the standard petrol engine and the TFSI turbo-charged direct injection. All diesel engines benefit from Audi TDI technology, combining power and performance, with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
As well as looks you should not be disappointed by the handing of these powerful yet nimble cars. ESP Electronic Stability Programme and electro-mechanical speed-sensitive power-steering are standard on the Audi A3. Options include acoustic parking and cruise control, just some of the many choices available on the fully customizable A3 and A3 Sportback models - everything from choice of paints to the engine to the floor mats!
Audi A3 offers practicality and comfort courtesy of the comfortable, ergonomically-designed cockpit while its stylish steering wheel and matt inlays make driving the latest Audi A3s a real pleasure. The Audi A3 benefits from alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 Y tyres, CD player, adjustable steering column, dampered grab handles on all doors, electric front and rear windows, front floor mats, heated rear screen with time switch and integrated aerial plus heat-insulating glass and manual headlight adjustment . A choice of 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel with gear-change paddles or 4-spoke steering wheel is offered. Also comes with removable luggage cover and split-folding rear seat as standard. Driver and passenger seat-height is manually adjustable while 3-point seat belts are available on all seats and the rear seat is split-folding. Exterior equipment includes electrically operated and heated door mirrors, rear window wash-wipe, remote-control central locking and space-saver spare wheel.
Crash-active head restraints for front seats are adjustable for all 5 seats.
Driver, passenger and side airbags are included.
Electro-mechanical speed-sensitive power assisted steering
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), including ABS, EBD, ASR and EDL
Thatcham category 1 alarm and immobiliser
ISOFIX child-seat preparation
Sideguard, side head airbag system
In addition to standard model equipment the Audi A3 SE offers 7.5J x 17 16-spoke design alloy wheels and 225/45 R17 Y tyres. The SE model also comes with Concert single front-loading CD player with MP3 file compatibility and active front and rear speakers plus Metrik design cloth upholstery seats. SE Interior equipment includes auto-dimming rear-view mirror, light and rain sensor pack, electronic climate control, front centre armrest, 4-spoke leather steering wheel, interior lighting package, storage pack and Vavona wood or aluminium inlays. Additional SE safety and security features include cruise control for holding any speed above 25mph.