Hey folks - first post go easy!
I have owned many VW group cars in the past, mainly SEAT's (2 x Ibiza Cupra MK3's 3 x Ibiza Cupra MK4's & 2 Leon's (FR 170 TDI & 2.0 FSI) as well as a Golf GTI MK5 and 2 MK4 Golf GTI's so you can see I enjoy the VAG range
Anyway, I want an Audi, I have wanted one for ages, and as I prefer hatchbacks, the A3 is the one, in 5 door form, TDI 2.0 and manual only! I also prefer dark cars so black is the choice preferred!
The only problem I am having is, I really want all the 'toys' ie the Sat Nav, heated seats, bigger wheels, nicer trim etc, and it leads me to basically the S-Line or the Black Edition - with the latter covering all bases & more... Except the worry.
I don't want to be worrying every two seconds that someone will steal the car, there seemed to be a common theme of them being stolen (black editions mainly) a while back, whilst the MAJORITY of places I go are not areas to pose issues, it's still a worry if I go out one night to a restaurant and have to park in a multistory or something in a town center... So, ease my mind, shall I just give up the idea of owning a nice car or run that risk?
In terms of alternative cars, i'd look at maybe a 320D which, look about as boring as they come in standard form, but even those probably are at risk of theft.
It's a sad time in the world when you have to worry about a car purchase based on theft, and I am kinda shocked the A3 is such a target given how many other nice cars out there (mercs, bmw M sports, RS4's etc)
Do you think the 'demand' for the cars will die down a bit now the newer model has come out?