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8P v 8V test drive

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by Daveotto, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Daveotto

    Daveotto Well-Known Member
    Gold Supporter Team Sepang Audi S3

    Mar 5, 2013
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    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.

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  3. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2006
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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! :)
  4. hittchy

    hittchy Member

    May 23, 2008
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    I can live with that..... Being a typical Audi driver I don't need mirrors or indicators. :rock:
  5. daveb99

    daveb99 Member

    Jan 22, 2009
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    The BMW disease is spreading!
  6. mjcourtney

    mjcourtney Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2013
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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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