Hello A3/S3 owners!
I’m a long time lurker and am currently car less whilst living overseas. I will soon be heading back to the UK though and, having been considering a switch to the darkside with an E90 3 series or even an E60 5 series, I now find myself with a VAG itch again.
I’m looking for something relatively practical, with a bit of poke and a nice interior, all of which I reckon the A3 Sportback, in one form or another will provide. I also want it to be quite understated following a bad experience in the UK with a Mk V GTi, not interested in attracting too much attention if you know what I mean.
So really just looking for some opinions. Natural inclination is to go for the 2.0 TFSi quattro with a manual box, which I understand was available up until 2008 when they switched it over to S Tronic only. I know the 2.0 TFSi well and I enjoyed it in the GTi as a daily driver, pretty quick and fairly economical – and I will definitely be remapping this one.
However, I keep being drawn back to the 3.2 V6 for some reason. What are peoples thoughts on the comparison between the two in the Sportback? My head tells me that the 2.0T is the better option, but my heart keeps thinking about that lovely V6!!
It will be our sole car for a while at least and will need to adjust itself to being a family wagon in the next few years, whilst keeping me happy with a decent drive, a few toys like the rns-e sat nav and a remap/exhaust. Added bonus is that prices on the used market seem to make the petrol sportbacks a bit of a steal.
What do you think guys?