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Audi A3 Sportback 1.9 TDIe Sport 5d (2009/09) - Owner Review

It is just about big enough for the family (one child) when going on holiday. Big enough the rest of the year, seats four in comfort as long as the taller passengers sit up front.
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Stephen Beckett on

Audi A3 Sportback (04-13)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I want a good premium vehicle without being flashy.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They don't.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes and no, I would prefer a bigger car so that I am not restricted to what can be taken on holiday.

What are you likely to buy next?
Skoda Octavia or Audi A6 at a stretch. It will be a VAG car regardless.

Buying experience

3 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Franchised

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£13,500

When did you buy the car?
April 2012

Did you get a good deal and why?
Deal was okay, nothing special. £500 off screen price after some haggling.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Traded in Volvo XC70 that was very troublesome and have always found Audis to be reliable and wanted smaller car.

What was the dealer like?
Dealer was okay, nothing special.

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Good to drive, feels sporty and belies its 105bhp as being a diesel is very torquey and great for overtaking on the motorway. It is also relaxing when taking it easy. Feels very solid.

What's it like to park?
Easy to park.

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
The car has been faultless mechanically after 2 and a half years and 33,000 miles but I am not impressed by the paintwork which chips easily and the suspension bushes have been replaced front and rear so I now.try to avoid speed bumps.

What's most practical about your car?
It is just about big enough for the family (one child) when going on holiday. Big enough the rest of the year, seats four in comfort as long as the taller passengers sit up front.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
The stereo, climate control and parking sensors are all appreciated.

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