new to the forum and, in the expectation of my 150k 2003 Golf MkIV TDI 1.9 finally expiring and my camper van finally selling I am in the market for a new car. With a dog and a 10 year old child I'm pretty well committed to a hatchback and like the look of the A3 Sportback in manual diesel guise (do around 22k per year) but would welcome thoughts on the following
Model Retail Drivethedeal 105 SE £21,150 £19,402 105 Sport £22,375 £20,501 150 SE £22,500 £20,669 150 Sport £23,725 £21,713 105 S Line £24,535 £22,431 184 Sport £24,995 £22,914 150 S Line £25,875 £23,643 184 S Line £27,145 £24,783
The sweet spot for me is between the 184 Sport and the >£700 more expensive 150 S Line. As I intend to keep it for its lifetime resale values are less important than having a car that is satisfying. Would I be right in thinking that once the warranty has expired I could chip the 150 to around the 184 mark without it being an issue come servicing/MOT time? And would others on the forum trade the extra performance for extra features and finish?
Has anyone observations on the boot in the A3 Sportback versus that in the Golf? I'm sure at least one person here has been dissatisfied with the A3 boot and though there are more vocal travellers I need to keep happy I don't want to ignore the dog!
This forum is testing my resolve in terms of limiting options and keeping the total price around £26k. I'm basing my limited choices on wanting things to keep me amused/entertained/awake during a long commute and have settled on the following
Retail Dtd B&O £750 £695 Int Lights £225 £208 Tech HI £1,795 £1,665 TOTAL £2,770 £2,568
My query is concerning the Tech Hi package: I assume that, signal and additional sim permitting, it gives access to a raft more online functionality and versatility and is to be much preferred to the Phone Box. Is it worth the premium over the standard Tech pack? Is it more useful than the Phone Box? Would anyone recommend it or regrets getting/not getting it?
If I abandoned the Hi Tech package and went with the standard I'd probably spring for Shiraz (otherwise Brilliant Black) if only because I've had enough of it inside me over the years so a bit on the outside wouldn't go amiss. Have yet to see it in the metal - anyone have any thoughts on it in relation to the more usual Daytona/Glacier choices?
Any help much appreciated - this forum has been really informative thus far and look forward to any specific advice regarding the above.