Cars of expensive segments, such as Premium, even compact ones, are literally good for everyone, except for one, their high cost. The Audi A3 is mounted on a golf platform – class, but costs significantly more than other cars in this category. Although, VW Golf has never captivated buyers with its price tag. Well, these are the principles of the market, the more demanding a car, the more expensive it is. But in the case of A3, the conversation is separate, the car is really worthy of its price: high-quality assembly, reliability, excellent working qualities, dynamics, brand popularity, finally.
Engineers from Ingolstadt began experimenting with the third model with a three-door hatchback. Later there were five doors, and the model was even awarded a separate name – Sportback. Even later, a convertible joined the ranks of the collection of the version..
The first versions of the A3 delivered gasoline units 1.6-2.0, and the “top-end” V6 unit (3.2 liters). In the diesel range, turbo engines were offered: 1.9-2.0. All units were distinguished by high power and traction, respectively. In the basic version, a manual transmission worked (6), with an internal combustion engine of 4 cylinders – automatic transmission (6), and with diesel engines and a gasoline V6, a DSG transmission with a dual clutch. In the state, front-wheel drive cars, except for the most powerful, it was equipped with the proprietary quattro – all-wheel drive.
In terms of the quality of materials used in the A3 cabin, design and assembly, the car is as close as possible to the most expensive copies of the company, although it is somewhat inferior to them in equipment. But then the cost of the car would be simply “astronomical”. The basic version assumed the presence of ABS, electric power steering, airbag (frontal), heated mirrors, power accessories, dynamic stabilization system, CD. But to all of the above, in the process of buying a car, dealers offered a wide list of additional options and equipment, so useful that, as a rule, a few abstained from acquiring it. Therefore, almost all cars left the salons, as they say, “stuffed to the eyeballs”.
The same picture unfolds today in the secondary market. The first-generation models of the Audi A3, in addition to the standard equipment, are equipped with expensive cast, and often forged wheels, there are air conditioning or climate control systems, automatic transmissions, leather trim (including chairs), xenon. On many instances, you can find the adaptation package, and these are: protection of the engine sump, powerful chassis, increased ground clearance.
The power units of the car are reliable, durable, and 1.6 (gasoline), in general, has won all the imaginable sympathies of consumers. The unit has unprecedented durability and unpretentiousness, therefore it works on the AI-92 completely trouble-free. By the way, ICEs with injection systems installed in the new generation of the machine have not yet deserved such a people’s love. Not only are they more expensive, they are much more demanding on the grade and quality of the fuel. So the purchase of A3 on the “secondary” may be a justified and balanced decision.
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