New 170 tdi Quattro first impressions....
Not good :sorry:
My A3 TDI S-Line Quattro 170 arrived at my work first thing Monday morning and I was all excited, too bad the feeling didn't last.
Although it looks great on the outside and very nice inside, it just has a "child's toy" feel about it that I cannot quite put my finger on.
I know that after coming from a remapped '05 BMW 330cd, the A3 was always going to be slower and not as sharp to drive, but I thought the quality and comfort of the interior would make up for it, but they haven't really.
Here are some of the points which are REALLY irritating me after only 3 days:
1) Washer jets are the worst I have used in ANY car. There's just no pressure at all and even squirting for 30 seconds, there are patches of the windscreen that don't get clean (wipers don't seem great either)
2) The balls that keep the parcel shelf strings tight. These are just ****! What happened to the nice tensioners that I had on my 8L S3? The balls look cheap and nasty and bang against the side of the boot on every corner which sounds terrible.
3) The bluetooth handsfree disconnects all the time (The Parrot I had in the Beemer and Nokia I had in my S3 never did this once) and the sound quality is poor compared to the likes of Parrot. Everyone complains they can't hear me every time I phone from the car, but the same phone with the Parrot was fine.
4) Wind noise from the windscreen is far too loud
5) The huge hard handles on either side of the gearstick are possibly the worst piece of design work ever. They serve no purpose other than provide something hard for my knee to hit on every gear change.
These are all bugging me after 3 days, so I'm hoping nothing else does after long term use.
My old S3 was my favourite car ever, I just loved everything about it and after a year in the BMW, I was looking forward to the A3 as I though it was the closest thing I could get to the S3 in a diesel form. The 8P just does not feel as classy or as special as the 8L which is a big surprise.
Everything seems to be massively overcomplicated, from the daft voice control on the phone to the stupidly complex way in which mp3's are navigated and played on the concert stereo. The 'one touch' unlocking is rubbish and as soon as I can get to a dealer I will have it deacitvated. It takes 3 clicks to unlock the damn boot, is this normal? Who designs a system that takes MORE button presses to unlock the car and calls it 'one touch unlocking'??
I think I might just keep my Beemer after all and use it at weekends.