This afternoon I've been driving a new facelift A3 2.0TDI-140 Sportback for a couple of hours. This is the new common-rail version of the 2.0TDI engine and I have to say I was impressed. It's so much quieter than my current 170 version. Even standing outside the car with the engine running it's much quieter. Also there seems to be more torque available at low speeds than my 170 and I did find that I did not need to change down for some corners where I would normally. It did have an old fashioned manual gearbox but once I got used to that again it was OK. It had the new type DIS display which also showed the selected gear - not sure if the current manual does that.
The rest of the car, apart from the additional shiny bits inside was much the same. The actual model was a Sport version, black with black interior and black leather seats. Certainly would not be my choice but it was made a little better by the Open Sky Sunroofs. The door mirrors seemed huge but again once I got used to them they were quite nice with even a little repeater lens to show the indicators were flashing.
But the main thing was the new common-rail engine. A great improvement over the existing.