2011 Audi A3 Consumer Review: Great Blend of Fun and Fuel Ec

2011 Audi A3 - Consumer Review

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2.0 TDI Premium Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 6-speed Automated Manual)

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Great Blend of Fun and Fuel Economy
By drivetime99 on


2011 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Premium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


I recently bought an A3 TDI and have enjoyed the first 2k miles. 35 mpg with fairly aggressive mixed city/hwy driving. I like not having to baby it to get good mileage. The car is very stable and composed at highway speeds and in the daily S. Florida rainstorms. If you test drive it, look for two things. 1) Diesel motor tick. It has such a quiet cabin that you may not hear it in a test drive. You'll hear it in your driveway though. Make sure it is not an issue for you. 2) Its truly an automated manual transmission it "catches" when coming to a slow stop, just like a manual does. Those not used to manuals may not like the feel. I love it though and am very happy with the purchase.

Best Features

Favorites: Dual sunroof, Nicer leather seats, lower roofline, sportier stance, additional warranty and Audi customer experience helped convince me over the mechanically similar Golf TDI. S-tronic transmission with sport mode, speed weighted steering, Bluetooth integration and great gas mileage are also favorites (shared with Golf TDI)

Worst Features

Really agree with other reviewer on the need for basic creature comforts in a luxury car. Salesperson said that its because the car is made for the European audience. C'mon man. Biggest improvement would be memory seats for the driver and standard power seat for passenger. Also, integrated garage door opener and standard autodimming mirror.
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By drivetime99
on 11/06/15 18:30 PM (PST)

if you are crazy enough to still be looking for used TDI after the cheating scandal (maybe sensing a desperate seller and don't care too much about the environment?) -- its still a terrible car. I couldn't figure out how to change my rating but I gave it the original 5 star rating after a couple of thousand miles. Shortly thereafter I had a nightmare series of electrical problems. This car is poorly made and not worth the risk even at fire sale prices. Thank goodness I was able to unload it at Carmax before the scandal broke.

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