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Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDi

Broadcast date : 20th August 2006

The Sportback two-litre TDi uses the same interior as the turbocharged two-litre model, and re-visiting that cockpit we were again struck by the sheer quality that Audi seems to inject into every one of its products.

there are metal detailing elements which every designer and his dog is now using to add sportiness and substance.

Yes, other people use mixes of perforated and solid leather on their steering wheels.

But in Audiís case the Taste Police have been pensioned off.

As for the diesel engine, its power rating is competitive and so is the torque Ė on paper, at any rate.

The problem that affects this particular engine is lag at the very bottom of the power range. These engines are developed to run at pretty close to sea level.

At high altitude, the engine has too little power before the turbo begins spooling up, which can lead to embarrassing moments like this.

And yet, once the engine is on the boil, all is forgiven. Thereís that familiar rush as bucket-loads of torque are delivered, and David is able to settle back and appreciate the essential Audiness of the car.

If one had to identify one essential characteristic of the car, that would be integrationÖ the way everything works in unison. 

This particular engine powertrain combination is available in the Golf range in the two-litre Tdi version. And with the launch of the Seat brand in South Africa, you can now choose a third car with Golf essence, but quite different styling.

Audi has always been marketed as a premium model, and as we revisited the Sportback, we think it justifies that perception, especially with the special trim pack, as fitted to the test machine.

The best part of that S-Line trim-pack is the deeper front valance with really stylish cut outs on its leading edge. The skirt panels are similarly subtle and merge perfectly with the roof spoiler with its high-level brake light, and with this particular wheel option ordered for this car.

Dressing up a car with bodywork add-ons has never been more popular, and if you do it with the factory option kit, the peace of mind it brings you is that itíll enhance the re-sale value.

Audi has been criticized in the past for being understated in its styling, particularly with its performance models, but thatís changed. This car simply exudes good taste.

In the past, David has been underwhelmed by the interior ambience of the Audi, but this chance to re-visit whatís essentially the 2006 Car of the Year, has caused a bit of a re-think.

Audi A3 Sportback 2,0 TDi

  • Engine: Four-cylinder turbodiesel, 1 968 cc
  • Power: 103 kW @ 4 000 rpm
  • Torque: 320 Nm @ 1 750 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 9,3 seconds (Car Magazine)
  • Top speed: 204 km/h (Car Magazine)
  • Fuel consumption: 8,2 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R242 000


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