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    Daveotto's Avatar
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    8P v 8V test drive

    Got a test drive in a new 1.4TFSI SB this morning and thought I would give a comparison against my current 1.4TFSI. Took both cars over the same circuit, 6-7 mies of dual carriageway and side streets in the rain

    what I liked:

    cabin does feel larger and more roomy, and ride height is slightly higher.
    materials of construction seen better and with better lines
    gearbox feels a bit more compact, don' t know if it is updated or my 3 year old one has loosened a little
    Overall ergonomics are easier with buttons and knobs more intuitive to find
    new model seemed a bit quicker, is it the weight lose or mine loosing a couple of BHP with age, and more responsive and only used auto on audi select.
    Overall new model is quieter, but means it picks up more road noise - it could be sports suspension and 17" wheels compared to standard suspension and 16" wheels.

    what I did not like:

    had to find one thing at least......rear view mirror is a bit small, I preferred the squarer version on older model as gave better visibility.

    overall the new model is a real winner, can see why it won car of the year, and can't wait to get mine.

    think I have made the right choice in deselecting the sports suspension as s line has 18" upgrades, so expect based on today's test drive the s line would pick up even more road noise, but still got a few weeks to change my mind based in new owners feedback in coming weeks.

    A3 Sportback 2.0TDI S-line, - Daytona Grey, comfort pack, interior light pack , aluminium roof rails, Audi speakers, folding door mirrors, hill hold, sport suspension, no smoking pack.

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    Interesting, thanks for sharing.

    I've seen a few comments about the smaller rear view mirror but I quite like it actually. When they loaned me an A4 this week it was like having a bathroom mirror hanging from the roof!
    Daytona Grey Audi A3 2.0TDI 150 S-Line with Tech Pack, Comfort Pack, Interior Light Pack, Alcantara/Leather seats, B&O sound, DAB radio, Folding/dimming mirrors

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    I can live with that..... Being a typical Audi driver I don't need mirrors or indicators.
    2013 A3 Sportback 2.0TDi 150 S-Line - Daytona Grey, B&O, Comfort Pack, Interior Light Pack, SD Nav, Hill Hold Assist.
    2010 A4 2.0TDi 170 S Line | 2008 Golf GT Sport 140 | 2008 S3 | 2005 A3 2.0TDi 140 S Line | 2003 TT 225 | 1998 A4 2.8 Quattro

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    8P v 8V test drive

    Quote Originally Posted by hittchy View Post
    I can live with that..... Being a typical Audi driver I don't need mirrors or indicators.
    The BMW disease is spreading!
    2013 A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI S-Line
    Phantom Black Pearl | Heated Nappa Leather | B&O | Technology Pack | Comfort Pack | Interior Lighting Pack | Parking System Plus | DAB | Alu Roof rails | Elec folding mirrors | Mono.pur | Rear Side Airbags | Elec lumbar

    SOLD 2007 A6 Avant 2.7 TDI Le Mans quattro
    Daytona Grey | Leather | MMI High | Bluetooth | Adaptive Xenons | BOSE | DAB | Heated F&R | AMI | Parking F&R | Storage Pack | Visibility Pack | Interior Light Pack |

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    Interesting, I've got the auto-dimming rear view mirror and the outline of it appears to perfectly 'match' the opening of the rear window, so I don't think I lose any rear visibility. It is tight mind you, so making sure it's adjusted correctly takes a bit of fiddling.



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