Audi A3 Saloon international launch

Audi really are pulling out all the stops when it comes to the range of cars on offer. This is the first time we’ll have the choice of an A3 Saloon. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal but believe me it is because it’s a very different car than the A3 hatch and it’s not just in the looks.

Audi really are pulling out all the stops when it comes to the range of cars on offer. This is the first time we’ll have the choice of an A3 Saloon. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal but believe me it is because it’s a very different car than the A3 hatch and it’s not just in the looks.

You’ll know it’s an Audi but I think it’s much sportier looking and overall a much more tidy car than the A3 hatch.

While the exterior might look very different than the standard A3 the interior is still the same, you’ll get the same kit too; there’s only €850 extra for the Saloon version which should make it a easy enough choice.

On the road the A3 feels like a much bigger car than it is, it’s easy to drive and simple to live with. The boot is 425ltrs which is 45ltrs bigger than the hatchback, actually it’s bigger than the Q3 as well. As we drove down the familiar sounding M7 motorway I was reminded just how solid the Audi range feels at speed, the interior is tough and hard wearing but yet it’s soft to touch.

We turned off onto the smaller B roads and that’s where I began to notice the sweet noise the 1.4tsi engine makes when you start to run it towards the red line.

Plenty of twists and turns in the road never upset the A3, there’s loads of grip and plenty of power from the engine to keep it going.

The low 100kg weight of the 1.4-litre TFSI 140HP engine is also notable for its efficiency focused Cylinder on Demand technology. At low engine load, the system deactivates two cylinders to minimise mechanical effort and cut fuel consumption.