Bit of a long story but thought you might be interested in my decision process .
I was originally looking at a 3dr 1 series BMW 116d M Sport prior to the launch of the new Audi A3 or maybe the Sport with the auto option as I preferred the interior of the BMW at the time but then I got told no 3 dr cars allowed - nothing mentioned on our company car policy about this but no point in trying to make a point about it. Both the BMW and Audi 3 dr models have bigger doors than the 5 dr models and as I am 6 ft ish found the 'b' pillars in the way a bit .
Anyway, back to the dealerships to look at 5 dr versions of each. By luck the demo A3 Sportback was at Portsmouth Audi so had a good look at that and then popped across the forecourt to the BMW garage and then back again. Still preferred the interior of the BMW but could see the Audi was a bit bigger inside and with a bigger boot for our mutely . By this point I had my heart set on one or the other as I wanted a quality small car now the kids have grown up rather than a bigger Ford etc. I could see that satnav was now a freebie with the Audi if I got in quick so then started to look into the BIK , mpg and Co2 etc .
The 1.6 Audi is only 13% tax against the BMW of 17% , added to this the Audi does more mpg and has a lower list price so less BIK. This meant that I could pay more per month and get better extra's but still pay less tax and pay less in petrol so therefore decision made.
Based on what I was allowed to spend per month I have gone for :
1.6 TDI Sport Sportback in Amalfi White
Audio Sound System
I was not too bothered about a metallic and preferred to spend the money on the inside bits . The same applies to the 1.6 , I know the 2.0 Ltr is more popular but that would mean less goddies again.
I imagine April delivery and will keep you posted,
ps - just a thought , should I have driven one first !!