Audi A3 review

The Audi A3 review

For Performance I would give this lovely car 5*

It boasts a 121bhp 1.4 engine which is quick enough to keep your average driver entertained, while the 178bhp 1.8 is pretty quick, while the 148bhp diesel is superb due to being able to pull from below 1500rpm.
i have also driven two engines that’ll join the range later. The 138bhp 1.4 petrol is sharp, flexible, and offers exceptional running costs thanks to its cylinder shut-off technology. The 104bhp 1.6 diesel isn’t as quick as the 248bhp 2.0 TDI, but is still a fine engine.

Ride & Handling is also 5*

There are three suspension settings: SE, lower Sport and lower-still S line. For me the standard suspension on the SE provides the best balance, which you can specify at no extra cost with every trim level. It’s still slightly firm, but it’s not uncomfortable and the car changes direction eagerly. There’s plenty of grip, too, and the steering is sharp and precise.

Refinement 5*

Every version I tried was impressively refined at a steady cruising speed, but a bit of wind noise from around the door mirrors the only thing disturbing the peace. The dual-clutch S tronic gearbox I found a shade disappointing, delivering jerky shifts when in automatic mode. It’s much smoother when using the gear lever or the flappy paddles on the steering wheel.

Buying & Owning i give it 4 out of 5*

Audi has used aluminium and high-strength steel in an attempt to keep the A3’s weight down, with engine stop-start technology throughout the range. This helps help to ensure that fuel economy and CO2 emissions are compare favourably with the Audi’s rivals. Prices though are far from cheap, although it doesn’t cost much more than a Volkswagen Golf, the A3 should hold its value better.

Quality & Reliability definitely 5 out of 5*

The cabin is built from the sort of materials normally found in an executive saloon, while beautifully weighted switchgear and a super-slim infotainment screen add to the impression that no expense has been spared. Audi’s reliability record is less impressive, but it’s far from being poor.

Safety & Security gets 4 out of 5*

The A3 comes with stability control boasts front, side and curtain airbags. However, it’s a little disappointing that you have to pay extra for the Pre Sense system, which automatically primes the safety kit if a collision looks inevitable. That said, the car achieved a five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP. Deadlocks and an alarm are fitted as standard to help guard against theft.

Behind The Wheel I’d give it 5 out of 5*

Audi’s Multi Media Interface lets you control most of the major functions via a central control dial and a small selection of buttons. It’s a fairly simple system, and some of the shortcut keys are raised, which allows you to find the one you want by touch. Drivers regardless of size should be able to find a comfortable driving position in the A3 thanks to a wide range of adjustment.

Space & Practicality 3 out of 5*

It also has plenty of room upfront, but isn’t as spacious in the back as the VW Golf or BMW 1 Series. The boot is spacious and a good shape. It comes with an adjustable floor that reduces the load lip and ensures there’s no step up to the rear seats when they’re folded forward.

Equipment again 3 out of 5*

I would stick with the entry-level SE spec as it comes with Bluetooth, a USB socket, voice control and manual air-con. Sport models add dual-zone climate control, sports seats and sports suspension (the standard SE suspension is still available as a no-cost option), while sports suspension is also standard on bodykitted S line models, with the SE and S line set-ups available as no-cost options.

So what does it cost?
Prices range from
£19,205 to £26,560

With CO2
99 – 130 g/km

Tax band
A – B

Car valets in Cumbernauld, valet in Clarkston

Today Tuesday 30th April I will be heading over to the Clarkston area to valet a VW Passat Estate. Following that I am then continuing my world your by going to Cumbernauld to valet a fiesta for a new customer.
It will then be off to Glasgow’s West End to valet a BMW X5 before finishing my day in Milngavie washing cars for some regular clients

Friday 26th april Car valeting Glasgow West End

So I head over to the West End of Glasgow to wash a regular customers car. When I get there I find that someone has parked their Renault Clio rather close to the car I am going to work on.
I decide that I’m going to photograph this before I start the car valet, as soon as I take out my iPad up comes a chap shouting and swearing at me, asking what I’m doing?
I point out that he has in fact hit my customer’s car and that it was just incase there had been any damage done. He proceeds to say that he had never hit it and that he had “reversed back carefully before nudging it gently” so you hit the car I asked? He again denied it just after saying he had only nudged it and then puffs up his chest and starts to become a bit threatening!
I told him to behave himself before he eventually calmed down, admitted that he had in fact hit the car because he had to go to the GP surgery for his prescription.
After informing the cars owner she went a bit ballistic wanting to involve the police, however there was no damage done to the car, so alls well that ends well.
Below you will see the picture of this wee incident, do you think he’s hit the car?


Car valeting in glasgow

Today I went to Cumbernauld first thing followed by a trip to nearby Kilsyth to valet cars.
As per normal it’s raining today, however will be valeting cars in Glasgow today also.
So if you want to book your car in for a valet then please get in touch


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