After quite some time searching for the "right" car, I've finally settled on a 5-door replacement for my Clio 197.
I've plumped for a late 2006 2.0T Quattro S-Line Sportback in Garnet Red. It's only got 9,500 miles on the clock! The spec includes dark Vienna leather, Bose, xenons, armrest, roof bars and a few other bits I've forgotten about. I'm collecting it this Saturday and I can't wait.
I've been a little sceptical about the A3 range in the past, but having now properly driven a high spec one, I'm very impressed. The Audi dealer sent me off on a long, unaccompanied test drive and my main impressions were: smooth, luxurious, nimble and grippy. I was also pleased to find that the ride and handling were a cut above what I was expecting. It's not the fastest car I've ever had, nor the most driver focused - what I need is a 5-door smoothie to keep baby and wife happy, but also to keep me engaged! I'm confident I've found it.
The icing on the cake was an excellent trade-in value on my current car, meaning that I can afford the cost-to-change from savings alone.
The bodywork looks pretty much unblemished, but it could do with some detailing attention to get it to my standards - I'm considering using a professional for the first time. I'll get some photos in due course.
Finally, I'm also considering an ECU re-map - any recommendations?