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700 mile Diary

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by squashmanontour, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. squashmanontour
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    [Aug 7, 2013]
    Well, its been nearly a week now since picking up my Glacier S-Line flying machine, pictured below on its way home.
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    The last 700 miles have given me a chance to appreciate the pro's and con's of the 8V verses my previous 8P (2.0 TDi, S-Line Black Edition) so I thought I'd share my thoughts.

    Comments welcome.

    First of all there's the cabin:
    8P - Superior to most other cars in its class, with quality materials throughout.
    8V - Stunning and classy compared to even the 8P.

    Controls:
    8P - DIS - Basic but sufficient.
    8V - MMI - Complex but through. Just hope it never fails when out of warrantee.

    Layout:
    8P - Typical Audi layout. Pity about the useless 'cubby hole' in front of the gear lever and the lack of bottle holders.
    8V - Simple ergonomic layout, minimalist and easy to use. Just hope I get used to not having a hand brake lever :confused:

    Ventilation:
    8P - No issues and works well, quality design.
    8V - Even better, especially like the 'jet' nozzles.

    Space:
    8P - OK for 6'+ driver.
    8V - OK for 6'+ driver and now for rear passengers as well.

    Driver Aid:
    8P - Never had one, never missed it.
    8V - :wtf:is this all about? Just leave it in dynamic and enjoy.

    Sound system:
    8P - Glad the bose system came as standard.
    8V - Audi system just as good.

    Mirrors:
    8P - Perfectly proportioned.
    8V - Both rear view and wing mirrors seem undersized, but you do get used to them.

    Misc:
    8V - Hill hold assist - should be standard as its so convenient.
    8v - Should have retained 'smokers pack' as I don't see how the little chrome blanking plug costs the same as the versatile Ashtray/Container. Pity the 12v supply isn't constantly active. Much prefered the 8P version so that you could charge up mobile etc even without the engine running.

    Steering:
    8P - Bit wooley, especially when driven hard.
    8V - Nice and precise with a wonderful 'chunky' S3 style steering wheel. Yet to be driven hard, but can't wait.

    Engine:
    8P - Best in class.
    8V - Very quiet (still not used beyond 3000 rpm) with superior start/start that actually seems reliable.

    Economy:
    8P - Final consumption after 80K miles - 45.8 mpg
    8V - First 700 miles - 47.7 mpg (yet to be driven in anger)

    Gearbox:
    8V - Much slicker than the 8P with a shorter shift pattern and a more mechanical feel.

    Handling:
    8P - Crash, bang, wallop
    8v - Sports suspension is excellent. Taut yet comfortable and still offering superb handling.

    Wind noise:
    8P - Some wind noise from around the doors at speed.
    8V - What wind noise!!

    Boot:
    8P - Perfect size for all my purpose made storage boxes.
    8V - 25mm shorter than the 8P, purpose made storage boxes no longer fit :faint:

    Washing:
    8P - Nice set of curves but pain in the ar*e keeping the Alloys clean. Good looks but dated.
    8V - Classy, modern look. Front bumper looks good but pain in the ar*e to keep all those slots clean. F38 alloys much easier to maintain. Door panels clearly not as thick as the 8P. Water still runs into the boot area when you open the boot.

    Overall:
    8P - My favourite A3 to date even though it needed several (read expensive) replacement sensors during the warrantee period.
    8V - Forget the above, I've just found my favourite A3 to date :thumbsup:. Just hope that with all its complexity it doesn't fail just out of warrantee!
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  3. Rum Lad
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    Well it seems as though thats yet another +1 for the 8v
    Good to hear your enjoying your motor looks really nice, especially in that colour. I really want one now...
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    [Aug 7, 2013]
    Great review and echoes some of the thoughts I had when I done a comparison piece based on a test drive I had back in March, is a thread on here entitled 8p v 8v for anyone interested.

    i also found mirrors a bit on the small side but not seen many other people commenting on this except in your review.

    just makes me want mine more......25 days to go,
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    [Aug 7, 2013]
    Still waiting for mine. Any issue with tyre noise?
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    Don't worry. You won't be disappointed as the 8V really is a class machine you can be proud of.
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    The car has been supplied running on Continentals and I've never had any noise issues with them to be honest.
    I get through 1 1/2 sets of fronts each year and therefore have tried different makes over the years. Continentals seem to be as good as anything for noise and performance. It's only life span that lets them down in the value for money stakes.
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    Thanks for the diary, it was a very interesting read. Im sure your still loving the new car and we look forward to more info as you do more miles, ohnand some pics is always acceptable . :) x
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    You must do a heavy mileage, me? about 4000 a year so hopefully 12000 miles for the fronts and 15000 rears (Quattro)? At least these tyres are half the price of my Jaguar XF at £250 at time!
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    I also thought the gearbox was tighter but was a bit unsure if my observation was based on mine loosening up after 3 years of use.

    lose of 25mm on boot length will mean a new set of luggage for me as had set of three cases that fitted very snuggly and expect they will no longer fit, but small price to pay for all the added benefits.
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    Nice write up, and nice format. I guess the new A3 wins hands down. Glad u are enjoying the new motor.
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    I'm sure there will be more to tell over the miles to come.

    Maybe pics as well.
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    lol, there is no maybe in my vocabulary, so i will expect pictures. :) x
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    Thanks for the comments.

    At the time I was very reluctant to have to move on from the 8P, but now I have the 8V the regrets have all but disappeared.

    I'm sure you will have the same grin on your face as I have, come Sept 1st
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    Yes madam!
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    i will take that as yes then, get some nice background scenery as well, lmao. :) x
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