Meant Xenons not halogens
Not wanting a firmer car per se but understand that the usual moan about Audis is the firmness of the ride. Will need to take a test drive to determine how it relates to my own experience - as someone mentioned I shall run it over cats eyes. I think I'd go for the middle (Sport) suspension unless the test suggests otherwise.
Hear is another of my posts on the subject Changes to spec deadline
Some of A3 reviews recommended specifying SE suspension and I drive a firm car. So I was well aware of the issue before we went looking for my wife's new car. On our test drive - my wife drove the A3 first. I was in the rear left seat. As a passenger I was paying very careful attention to the ride comfort. We were not impressed with the comfort of the A3 Sportback Sport. Wanting to make sure - I arranged for my wife to have the car for a 24hr test drive. After that I told the dealer straight to his face that the car was firm and uncomfortable.
When my wife drives my car and I am the passenger I notice that my car is even more uncomfortable. I find that most of the potholes, manhole covers, undulations and humps are on the passenger side.
It looks like you keep your cars for a while. So do I normally, but I will be changing sooner rather than later as my Golf has sports suspension and is uncomfortable for the roads I drive.
This is all 'in my opinion' of course. You need to do your own research and make your own decision.
Last edited by Daz Auto; 10th January 2014 at 11:58.
I have SE suspension and 17" wheels with 225/45 tyres on my current Sporback and if and when I order a new 8V I will certainly specify the same again. Tyres can also make a big difference and the quieter tyres tend also give slightly softer ride. When I do order I will budget for changing the tyres to ones I am happy with just in case the new car comes with ones I don't like.
Dave R (h5djr)
A3 8V 2.0 TDI-184 Sportback Sport s-tronic quattro - Silver + lots of options - my 9th A3
Have no knowledge of this area but surely the stiffness of a car is something that could be more usefully expressed in figures (than say the seemingly arbitrary mpg) so for example if my golf was say 1.5 I could tell if something were stiffer or softer by the values relating to them?
Have a look at the price via UKNewCars.com - provided via a dealer somewhere near Woking I think.
I've got an extended test booked for Tuesday and will order after but their price has beaten all the others I've looked at.
Only question I have is around the Audi Sound system and the boot floor, local dealer says you can't use the dual level - posts on here suggest both ways. Can anyone clear that one up for both of us.
My plan is AUDI A3 DIESEL SPORTBACK 2.0 TDI 184 Sport 5dr
Reversible boot mat
Hill hold assist
Progressive power assisted steering
SD card satellite navigation system
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Audi Sound System with 10 speakers
Panoramic glass sunroof
Comfort pack - A3 with parking system plus
Non smoking pack - A3
Storage and luggage pack - A3
Xenon light pack - A3 (when bought with Comfort pack)
Metallic - Monsoon grey
Tyre pressure monitor
Electric lumbar support
Rallye cloth - Black
17" 5 arm kinetic design alloy wheels
If you dropped the sunroof and a couple of options you'd be near your price.
The only restriction is with Quattro where boot floor is fixed in higher position.
Last edited by JohnnyM100; 13th January 2014 at 10:42.
Enjoying my 8V