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A3 buyers: what is your reason not to buy the saloon?

GreatBallsofFire Mar 20, 2014

  1. GreatBallsofFire

    GreatBallsofFire Member

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    My only reason is that I live down town in a city and would like also in the future being able to to sneak in to narrow spaces for street parking. As we all know, the new saloon is considerable longer than the sportback.
     
  2. jbs2472

    jbs2472 Active Member

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    My only reason is the ease of access to the boot for children's bits and golf clubs - other than that would have 100% gone for the saloon and still regret not ordering one.

    But anyway should have new car next weekend:yahoo:
     
  3. PembsA3

    PembsA3 Active Member

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    As saloon versions of hatchbacks go, the A3 is a very good looking attempt, but for me, (and this is going to put some backs up...), saloons have 'rep mobile' connotations... (Think Orion, Sierra Sapphire, Astra, Cavalier, Mondeo, Sigma... That apart, ultimately it's not as practical for me. I need a hatch, and the A3 (Sportback) stands out as being that little bit different from other hatches with its extra rear side window...
    [ducks...] "Incoming"!...
     
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  4. Blu-iTT

    Blu-iTT Member

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    Pure aesthetics...................................and the fact that I have to load the boot up with alll the usual stuff !
     
  5. TFSI

    TFSI Born to Fish

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    Dog in the back and when the dogs not there the fishing gear will be.......when this damn weather warms up a little more !!
     
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  6. klauster

    klauster Well-Known Member

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    Saloon looks way better though
     
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    Pasper2 New Member

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    Hairy Spaniel, fed up of having a cover on the back seat of the A4
     
  8. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    I much prefer the practicality of a hatchback and I still think the hatchback looks as good if not better than the Saloon. Some people prefer Saloons, some hatchbacks. At least Audi now give the customer the choice.

    The other reason in my case is than the Saloon is not yet available with the 2.0TDI-184 engine in s-tronic quattro. May be in the 2015 Model Year.
     
  9. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Best looking car of the whole A3 range, and the many reviews agree with that. It is unique because it shares no body parts with any other model, it is longer, wider and has a bigger boot with the seats up.
    I really do not think anyone can compare it to a rep-mobile of the past, they probably can't think that far back anyway and it is nothing like a hatchback with a boot.
    However I think that this topic has been covered in so many threads before....
     
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    smk82 Active Member

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    I do like the look of the saloon, but chose the hatchback as find the hatch more practical when loading stuff and for keeping my head out of the rain. (I dive, so need the practicality)
     
  11. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member

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    I don't like the saloon looks, I want a bigger boot, I don't like bigger cars, I don't want no rear wiper!
     
  12. Rexus

    Rexus Active Member

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    Apart from that, you like it then!!!
     
  13. veeeight

    veeeight I am a very pretty girl VCDS Map User Black Edition

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    Haha Repmobile !

    Remember this?

     
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  14. bobinder

    bobinder Active Member

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    That actually a very good comparison, the Saloon is the Orion the the Sportback being the Escort. Orion was never as highly valued as the Escort was. Even still I'm a fan of the A4, but find the A3 Saloon just doesn't look right. But each to their own.
     
  15. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member

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    Well, the thread is about why we didn't go for the saloon!
     
  16. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    I think I might start one about why us saloon owners didn't go for the A3 or the sporthearseback...
     
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  17. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member

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    Feel free, noone is stopping you!
     
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  18. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Yes but it would be full of trolls knocking the saloon as always seems to happen...
     
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    bobinder Active Member

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    Louay Well-Known Member

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    Wanted a sports car so went for the SPORTback ;-)
     
  21. RossR

    RossR Active Member

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    I need to be able to fit my car nose to tail with my wife's on the driveway. The sportback just about fits, depending on how close we park. The saloon would be too long. Oh, and the saloon wasn't released yet when I was buying.

    I had a look at a saloon in the showroom last week. IMO It didn't look as good in the metal as the press shots (solid paint wasn't helping it). Also, whilst the boot is a fair size, it's not very accessible.
     
  22. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member

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    Says the guy who just tried to liken the sportback to a hearse!
     
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  23. arad85

    arad85 Active Member Team V6 Black Edition Audi S5

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    Wanted a hatchback....
     
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    PilotAudi New Member

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  25. GreatBallsofFire

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    However, very dull, uninformed and uninspired review. Hammond was in the need of some quick cash? Don't blame the saloon, could have been any A3.

    In stile it reminds me of these crappy and dull reviews you find everywhere on the internet on the new A3, its like they have been, more or less, cloned (which they likely are, partly written by the PR division of Audi).
     
  26. GreatBallsofFire

    GreatBallsofFire Member

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    Weird ;)
     
  27. bobinder

    bobinder Active Member

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    He's right about the price though; for the £29k it would take to spec one up you could instead purchase an A4 Black Edition.
     
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    cemerson Well-Known Member

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    And right about it being boxy... I thought that the first time I saw photos of it.
     
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    GreatBallsofFire Member

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    I have seen it in flesh, looks fine to me. Not spectacular, but Audi's seldom are.
     
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    bobinder Active Member

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    It is from the BMW school of boxy. Want an A3 Saloon? Go buy an A4!
     
  32. GreatBallsofFire

    GreatBallsofFire Member

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    Pretty similar to previous BMW 3? Top gear likes those :)
     
  33. bobinder

    bobinder Active Member

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    Yup that's the one! TopGear has weird taste.
     
  34. AK47UK

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    I thought people only bought saloons to be practical and more mature :search:

    I'm all about the hatchback, IMO looks far nicer, more agile, I like to know where the back of my car is when reversing etc.

    When my car was in for body repair I had a suped up VW Eos as a courtesy which was a lovely car but I didn't like having an arse on it that stuck out further than the rearscreen.

    The A1 is too small for me though. I think my A3 hatchback looks pretty mean, I didn't like the looks of the sportback though.
     
  35. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Only in response my friend, an eye for an eye. I feel I have the right too....
     
  36. madrussa

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    To the contrary of the name, the saloon does not have any alcohol in it :( or wenches for that matter.
     
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    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Damm, I thought I'd ordered that option as well...
     
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    Have the same view myself. I happen to think the sportier (S, S line) saloons look great, but still have that view of them for me personally.

    Plus I'm a big estate fan (visual and utility), and I see the sportback as a small estate rather than a hatch.
     
  39. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    I was going to buy the S3 saloon then someone offered me a drive in an S5 with a dealer & manufacturer contribution I couldn't overlook. Hence I didn't buy one because I didn't like it, it just made more sense on the day to buy the S5 given the dealer wouldn't shift on price of S3 saloon. Got a supercharger, 2 extra cylinders, coupe looks and 'proper' Quattro (with sports diff) for £3k more money. Couldn't turn it down.
     
  40. Rexus

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    Wow, this thread is getting quite heated, shouldn't be as each to their own.
    I bought the A3 Saloon as I wanted a smallish car, but not a hatchback. The A4 Saloon is too big and long in the tooth. The A3 Saloon is pretty much the same size as the original A4, which I had, and which has grown significantly over the years. I suppose it's equivelent would be the BMW 3 Series Saloon, and Merc C-class. Personally, I think it's an attractive car, with modern design and technology. My only concern is the higher than expected road noise on some surfaces but that seems to apply to all A3 models.
     

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