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Loving my new A3 2.0 TDI S Line in Daytona Grey

AudiJM Sep 30, 2012

  1. AudiJM

    AudiJM New Member

    Hi all, I picked up my new A3 on Friday, I thought I'd have to wait a couple more weeks for delivery yet so nice surprise when the dealer called. Any way after spending a few days with it I thought I'd join the forum and post my impressions of it, hope its useful to anyone thinking of ordering.

    Here goes ...

    New car :
    A3 2.0 TDI S Line - Daytona Grey
    with Alcantara, B&O, Comfort Pack, Interior Light Pack, Standard Sport Suspension, Electric lumbar adjust.

    Previous car:
    2.0 Golf GT TDI 140 Manual (Mark VI)

    Look of the car
    First off, I'm really happy with the way the car looks from all angles, Daytona Grey really goes well with chrome and other styling features on the car. I'm waiting for better weather to take some photos, but I can tell you the S Line spec makes it feel that little bit special compared to the SE/Sport versions which look good

    Not much feel from the tyres compared to the Golf but the steering is acurate and there no torque steer. It is also light even on the dynamic setting. Mine makes the occasional strange noise when parking, I suspect there is some air in the system, will have to get the dealer to check it over.

    Suspension / Ride Comfort
    I was a bit unsure whether to order with the standard sport suspension or take the softer suspension, in the end I decided to stick with the sport setup, I figured it should be similar to my Golf GT which is lowered by the same amount. I was a little worried a few weeks ago having read some reviews that had said it wasn't good, which recommended sticking with the softer option.

    Having spent a few days driving on A roads, B roads and Motorways and around town, I can say honestly it is very good all round, I've had an Sline A4 and A3 Quattro in the past, both were tiresome on the same sorts of roads and would jostle you around in the car and dive into dips in the road. This new A3 rides very well, ridges on the road surface that would have annoyed me in the Golf, don't bother me at all in the A3, its only if you hit sunken drains etc that you notice. The springs seem softer than the golf and it stays level most of the time. There seems to be a soft initial bit of travel in the suspension, absorbing the small imperfections.

    Traction / ESC
    Traction is very good in general, only once has the traction control been triggered, I would say its slightly more agressive than the Golf, i.e doesn't allow any wheel slip once it kicks in, where as the golf would. I guess better for my tyres though. ESC hasn't been triggered yet, the car is so well balanced you'd have to be doing something very wild to set it off.

    Its way better than the Golf, I was not expecting much difference but wow, it stays very flat in corners, feels very well balanced, settles nicely into corners at all speeds without needing you to make noticeable adjustments to steering input. My Golf felt like the front tyres were doing all the hard work in corners and at the limit the back would be trying to come round. Grip levels seem better than the Golf which had the same width tyres. You have to be going very fast to test the limits of this car. The car also stays very flat under breaking. Overall, I really enjoy driving this car.

    Very powerful, very light pressure on the pedal required ( be careful if your going to take a test drive when you first set off).
    The brakes are perhaps a little to light, I have triggered the ABS on a couple of occasions without that much preasure applied. Having said that they are very controllable, its easy to lose speed quickly when you want to and then ease off in order to bring the car to a comfortable halt without any final jolt or diving of the front end of the car.

    Very accurate goes into and out of all gears very easily, 6th gear ratio seem taller than the Golf, below 50 mph you spend more time in 5th, but 3rd seems more flexible and when turning into side roads etc you won't need to change down.

    Engine / Performance
    I was expecting it to be much the same as the golf to be honest, how wrong I was !. It feels much quicker, and in dynamic mode, has a pleasant sporty sound. You need to keep a close eye on the speedo, it is very easy to drive this car faster than allowed, as it feels like you going much slower than you really are. There is more than enough performance to make overtaking easy when needed.

    Compared to the Golf the power is delivered more smoothly when setting off there's not so much of a sudden rush as the Turbo kicks in. On start up from cold however I would say it is a bit more clattery than the Golf was but that soon dissappears once warmed up.

    There is an efficiency mode available in the driver select programmes, that is a useful aid to reduce fuel consumption and reduce the temptation to use all the performance all of the time.

    Fuel Consumption
    Average MPG is indicating a little less than I got in the Golf at the moment, but that is probably because I've been going faster (its just too easy). I'm hoping I might see better results next week after I've done a few trips to work. I managed to get 55 - 60 mpg in the Golf on a standard run.

    Looks lovely, the seats in Alcantara I find very comfortable, dash looks great, and the way the cup holders and speakers light up is nice touch, interior lighting levels are all customisable individually via the MMI. Space in the rear is adequate rather than generous.

    Rear seat room is less than the Golf had but is adequate, however the boot seems bigger.

    In terms of sound insulation etc, there is a hardly any wind noise, road noise is sometimes more than I would like on poor surfaces, this seems more noticeable around 50/60 than at motorway speeds. On the whole however it is very well insulated.
    Glove box is a bit small (am I bothered !)

    If I'm being picky then closing the doors from the inside of the car requires a hefty pull on the handle and because its towards the front of the door sometimes you can't quite get enough speed up to get the door fully shut on first attempt. Bit surprising seeing how light they made the steering and brakes.

    Stereo / MMI
    The B&O sound system is very powerful and has great sound quality, my only critism is that it doesn't have full sound equalisation (just sub, bass, treble, surround effect and usual fader controls).
    The amplifier I think is located under the front passenger seat and gets quite warm, also means you lose the storage box. One strange thing when I plugged my iPhone in the stereo seemed to get the iPhone to play the music, rather than reading the files from the phone and doing the D/A conversion in the stereo. So I exported everything to an SSD card and now that I'm playing from the SSD it sounds even better. (Maybe the full iPhone integration with album art etc is only possible with the technology package.)

    The MMI is very easy to use and there are lots of settings to play with, might be a bit bewildering if you have some of the other optional extras available.

    Cruise Control
    I think its worth mentioning, I have the standard cruise control (i.e no radar) but it does seem to have been made a bit more intelligent, it indicates what speed you've set in the instrument cluster which is nice, + if re-engaging it will accelerate you slowly and smoothly back up to speed unlike the Golf which felt like you'd just floored the throttle. Also it seems as if it will actually apply the brakes on downhill stretches rather than just relying on engine breaking, this prevents you from gathering too much speed and having to apply the brakes, which would disengage it. It also lets you change gear without disengaging. (at least between 5th and 6th haven't tried other in other gears)

    Overall Impression
    I am very pleased with the car indeed, its a keeper. The car is v.good in just about every area.

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  2. poweller

    poweller Member

    Nice review mate, I am making exactly the same transition, have to wait unil the middle of November though.. When did you order yours?
  3. AudiJM

    AudiJM New Member

    thanks, I ordered on 21st July

    Hang on in there it will be worth the wait.
  4. suzannec

    suzannec Member

    Welcome and you got me all excited about my arrival!! ;-) I'm waiting for a Daytona Grey 1.6 TDI S-Line.
  5. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write all of that, very informative as I've also specced many of the same options as you (S-Line, Daytona, Alcantara, B&O, cruise).

    Would love some pics when you get a chance, particularly of the Alcantara seats as I've not seen those in the flesh yet :)
  6. nally

    nally MPG the new BPH

    Pics ??
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  7. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

    Thing most disappointing was the res of the mmi screen, it was fairly poor tbh when I viewed a release car at dealers few weeks ago, they could do much better imho.
  8. h5djr

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

    It will be interesting to read a like for like comparison. At the moment the report compares a new A3 on the new MQB platform with an old Golf VI on the old platform.
  9. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

    The standard 5.8" screen does look very low res and fairly poor quality, I agree, although the 7" version included in the Tech Pack is a different thing altogether.

    I understand their need to differentiate and reserve some features for the higher models or option packs but I think the 5.8" screen does look a bit low-res and "low tech" for such a vehicle.
  10. AudiJM

    AudiJM New Member

    Just a quick note to say the noise when turning the steering wheel at low speed turned out to be a rubber boot on the drive shaft being out of place. It started to sound really bad, to the extent I called Audi Assistance to confirm it was safe to drive. Bit disappointed with the dealer as I had to wait 2 weeks in order to book it in and get a courtesy car, but thankful the issue is gone without any major surgery.

    The noise was like opening a very creaky door and was worse inside the car than out.

    Still loving this car, had a 1.6 TDI S Line Sportback (8P) as a courtesy car and the ride is ok, but not anywhere near as good as the new model with the standard fitted suspension on Sport / S Line models.

    Pic posted
  11. S3 Rav

    S3 Rav Well-Known Member

    Any pics yet?
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  12. Audi Dynamik

    Audi Dynamik Well-Known Member

    Very good review ! :)
  13. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

    What he said! :)
  14. Great review, when was your build date?
  15. Sim_88

    Sim_88 Neutral

    :search: Pics?
  16. vimy

    vimy Member


  17. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

    Picture now inserted in main article; great post!
  18. Kohaku

    Kohaku Member

    Very good analysis for anyone pre purchase.
  19. PjDali

    PjDali Member

    Crackin looking car really does look good in that colour :beerchug:

    The next 5 or so months wll no doubt feel like an eternity until I pick up my own new Sportback :yahoo:
  20. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the pic - now I know I made the right colour choice :D
  21. dubdemand

    dubdemand VAG Addict

    Great write up and nice picture... would be nice to see some more angles and some interior shots though! (please?)
  22. The Engineer

    The Engineer Member

    one of the best looking 8V's i have seen.

    Great read... although i am with the rest of the forum:

    More :sign_pics:
  23. N8

    N8 Kowalski Details VCDS Map User

    Looks LOVELY mate :wub:
  24. daveb99

    daveb99 Member

    I'm about to order an S-Line and fairly sure I'm going for Daytona grey - could you post some photos of other angles? That would be a real help.
  25. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

  26. Milliejt

    Milliejt New Member

    Need help! I'm ordering a3 sline 1.4tfsi 150ps I am really struggling with what colour!, views please
  27. Redgrouse

    Redgrouse Member

    Frankly you can't go wrong with any of the colours. I have your ordered spec in Glacier White and I love it.
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  28. steviedr

    steviedr Member

    I've have the same but saloon version for 6 months now and I still look back at her every time I park even in my own driveway.
    It's one beautiful car.
    Just glad I can't afford an R8 or
    I'd probably be camping beside it!
  29. Stephen C

    Stephen C Active Member

    Whenever I see a Daytona grey S-line I assume it's an ASN forum member, given that we all have one of these!
  30. Dtwm1

    Dtwm1 Active Member

    I've also got a 2.0 tdi s line in Daytona, I love it. Once it's been waxed and in the sun its amazing

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    Dtwm1 Active Member

    It wouldn't focus on my iPhone

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  32. Matty8114

    Matty8114 New Member

    Had my 65 plate a3 sline sportback delivered exactly one week ago now. Got it in metallic White 1.6 tdi, was unsure of the 'metallic' and whether is was worth the extra cost... Got to say it stands out a mile against none metallic White. Looks so much more crisp and sharp. Love it.

    After a week the only thing I have noticed is that the fuel tank seems very small, can none confirm this? I put £35 in and it was full from red? Which means it doesn't last as long either. Not that I care as I think the car is excellent in every way. Sticks to the road with the sport suspension, very comfortable to drive, great sound system.

    Just wish I had got the sat nav but was put off by the price as I don't use a nav that much.
  33. Simon L

    Simon L Well-Known Member Team Daytona Gold Supporter Audi S3

    Hi Matty, welcome to the forum and congrats on your A3 :) I'm not sure why you dug up this old dinosaur thread but never mind :)

    This may not help much, and you might need to put your maths hat on but here goes:

    My S3 has a 55l tank and yours has a 50l. I just filled mine from 2 bars to full with £40 so £35 to fill yours doesn't sound much to be honest unless you're paying a fair bit more than me for your petrol. I stuck in Tesco momentum (coz I'm not a fuel snob and it's much nearer for me) which was 1.15 per litre ;)
  34. Matty8114

    Matty8114 New Member

    Ha hi simon, new to the forum so wasnt sure where to put my comment.

    Thanks for the info though. I think there was 2 bars actually and filled for £35. But have only done 250 mile and had to refill? Doesn't seem a lot to me. Mix of start/stop and motorway. Will have to monitor it properly next fill. Price i believe is 1.07 per litre.
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  35. Simon L

    Simon L Well-Known Member Team Daytona Gold Supporter Audi S3

    If you were on 2 bars £35 sounds about right. Not so sure about 250 miles though that sounds more like the sort of mileage my S3 would do?

    Might be worth you starting a thread and see if some of the other guys with your engine size can comment :)

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