I had another test drive this afternoon in another 8V A3 Sportback. It was supposed to be in a 2.0TDI-150 Sportback SE s-tronic. This had been arranged by a dealer at another dealer's in their group. I took the car out with just my wife, no salesman, intending to drive it for several hours. When I did the first short stretch on the near-by motorway I thought it seem quite under-powered compared with my current 2.0TDI-170. When I looked down at the instruments I could see why. The rev counter red area started at 6k and the s-tronic had just changed into 7th gear. The 2.0TDI-150 has a 6-speed s-tronic.
I pulled of at the next junction and stopped in a lay-by and had a look at the back of the car and it said TFSI. I then had a look in the glove box and found the Service Book, looked at the data sticker and it said it was a 1.4TFSI-90Kw (122PS) engine. I phoned the dealers and asked if they has given me the right keys and they said it was the only SE they had so there had been a mix-up somewhere. So I drove around for a while to try the SE seats and suspension and then took it back - they were a bit embarrassed to say the least. It was not really their fault but the other dealer in the group who had given them the wrong information. Still it did give me the chance to try a 1.4TFSI-122 and the other good thing from my point of view was that my wife said she did not think the seats were any more comfortable than the 2.0TDI-184 S-Line quattro we drove a week or so ago.
Next Thursday I am driving a 2.0TDI-150 Sportback Sport s-tronic which of course has the same Sports seats so it will interesting to see what her reaction is to those.
It's increasing looking like my next A3 Sportback will be a step up rather than down from my existing one. A 2.0TDI-184 Sport s-tronic quattro with SE suspension is now looking quite likely.