Good sport built to carry favour

Bobby Cheetham

WORLD of Wheels recently had the opportunity of driving the Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI S tronic, and yet again, we have come away impressed.

And the car has grown in more ways than one.

While the length (4310mm), width (1780mm) and height (1425mm) are only slightly greater than the previous model, the wheelbase now measures 2636mm, representing an increase of 58mm.

This makes the five-door model 35mm longer between the axles than the three-door version.

It has also grown in our opinion as a smart, good looking, value-for-money option for those looking for a new family-friendly vehicle.

However, we still dislike the stop/start system where the vehicle’s engine switches off when at robots and stop streets, etc.

But this option can be switched off, so in the big scale of things, it is not a major issue.

We understand that many drivers are happy but we are yet to be convinced that the system has any meaningful input in the global warming debate.

Under the bonnet is a 1.6 diesel engine which pushes out 77kW and 250Nm of torque. The 0 – 100km/h dash comes up in 10.9 seconds and the top speed is given as 195km/h.

And for those fuel conscious motorists Audi says the combined consumption figures are 3.9l per 100km. CO² is 102g/km.

Priced as tested it is R364300, but the vehicle sells for R319500 as standard.

Overall, the Audi 1.6 TDI is a vehicle that will find favour with many motorists because of its build quality, general driving dynamics and reliability.

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