Audi A3 Cabriolet v BMW 2 Series Convertible : Comparison review

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Audi A3 Cabriolet v BMW 2 Series Convertible : Comparison review

With the sunlight hours diminishing by the day, the Audi A3 Cabriolet and the BMW 2 Series Convertible may not be at the top of your automotive wish list...

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2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet review : Grand Pacific Drive
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2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet review : Grand Pacific Drive

It's time for a road trip in our Audi A3 Cabriolet long term test car, this time with a friend and colleague of mine.

Kat and I head south from Sydney, through the Royal National Park and down along the Grand Pacific Drive towards Wollongong to find a great spot for lunch, a swim and some body boarding.


2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Review : Long-term report two
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Review : Long-term report two

Day 29 After spending the first month lapping up the fresh air and sunshine with the Audi A3 Cabriolet, it has now been sent back to Audi for a check-up. At the end of my first long-term report, the drop-top had developed a slight shudder when accelerating and slowing down, and a distinct lag that was particularly noticeable when trying to take off after pausing before entering a roundabout...

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$52,200

Audi RS3 sedan edging closer
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Audi RS3 sedan edging closer

An Audi RS3 sedan appears set to launch by 2016, giving the Ingolstadt marque a ready-made rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. The three-box beast will combine with brutal mechanicals of the RS3 Sportback hatch with the A3 sedan body-style. Don’t forget, Audi previewed the new RS3 model with the sedan-based A3 Clubsport concept (pictured above) earlier last year...


Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA outsell Civic, Lancer and Pulsar
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Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA outsell Civic, Lancer and Pulsar

The Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class/CLA twins beat out traditional volume players in the small car segment including the Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer and Nissan Pulsar in January.  We have written before about the way premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are increasingly ‘cutting the lunch’ of traditional mainstream brands with entry vehicles priced from about $35K plus on-roads, but January’s figures provide a stark reminder...


Audi A3 Cabriolet Review LT1
Rating: 810 /10
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Audi A3 Cabriolet Review LT1

Day 1 When it comes to cars that scream summer, convertibles are top of the list and while the Audi A3 Cabriolet is one of them, it also has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it stand out from other drop-tops. It's late December and the Audi A3 Cabriolet is joining the CarAdvice garage as a long-termer, just in time for the Christmas break...

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$57,350

2015 Audi A3 and S3 : Power, fuel efficiency improve while prices rise across range
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2015 Audi A3 and S3 : Power, fuel efficiency improve while prices rise across range

Audi Australia has announced a number of small power and fuel efficiency gains, and price increases, across its A3 and S3 Sportback, sedan and cabriolet ranges. Power from the entry-level 1.4 TFSI engine rises from 90kW to 92kW, while combined cycle fuel consumption falls to from 5.0 to 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres. The base Audi A3 diesel, the 1...


Audi A3 Cabriolet Review : 2.0 TDI Ambition
Rating: 7.510 /10
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Audi A3 Cabriolet Review : 2.0 TDI Ambition

Diesel convertibles don’t make a lot of sense to some sports car buyers, but for those who like the combination of low fuel consumption and wind in their hair, vehicles like the recently-released Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI Ambition are a perfect blend rather than a compromise...

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$51,500

Audi A3 COD v Mazda 3 XD Astina : Comparison review
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Audi A3 COD v Mazda 3 XD Astina : Comparison review

Not long ago the price difference between a Japanese small car and a premium-badged German was sizeable. Not too far into the past, either, diesel engines trumped petrols for fuel efficiency. Yet here we have the Mazda 3 XD Astina that is the flagship of the popular small car range, priced from $42,220 plus on-road costs in automatic form, running a twin-turbo diesel that claims to drink 5...


Convertibles for Summer : we test four affordable contenders
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Convertibles for Summer : we test four affordable contenders

With warmer weather arriving, we've headed to the beach to discover the upsides and downsides of four very different cars that all can lose their lid.


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron : confirmed circa-$60K charge for March 2015 arrival
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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron : confirmed circa-$60K charge for March 2015 arrival

The 2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid hatchback will arrive on sale in Australia in March next year, with pricing “estimated at $60,000”. The new model – which is set to establish a new “pillar for the brand” – is the first such plug-in hybrid car from Audi, based on its most popular model, the A3 Sportback five-door hatch...


2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron: Australian Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron: Australian Review

  An airport runway on an island in the Great Barrier Reef isn’t a normal location for a car launch, but then the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron isn’t really a normal car. The new petrol-electric plug-in hybrid A3 hatch is set to arrive in Australia in March 2015, but the vehicles we tested under the sunny skies of Hamilton Island were the same examples that were on location at the vehicle’s international launch in Austria in June...


Audi e-tron owners’ app ruled out for Australia
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Audi e-tron owners’ app ruled out for Australia

The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron may be pushing the brand into new territory in terms of technology, but Australian idiosyncrasies continue to prohibit the progress of the brand in terms of connectivity. Audi Australia will be unable to offer buyers of the new A3 Sportback e-tron the opportunity to control or monitor their car from their smartphone via the SIM-based Audi Connect e-tron services app...


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Review

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron may look like a regular run-of-the-mill A3 hatch, but it’s actually at the cutting edge of car technology. The plug-in hybrid luxury hatch is the first of its kind for the Audi brand, and the first such hatchback in the small luxury car class where the A3 does battle against the BMW 1 Series, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Lexus CT200h and Volvo V40...


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to establish the plug-in hybrid pillar for the brand in Australia
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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to establish the plug-in hybrid pillar for the brand in Australia

The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will be the first plug-in hybrid from the German luxury brand to be sold in Australia – but it almost certainly won’t be the last. The new A3 Sportback e-tron hatch will arrive in Australia in first quarter of 2015 – a slight delay on the car’s original predicted arrival late this year...


Audi A3 TFSI Ultra : Australia keen on cleaner, more powerful petrol variant
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Audi A3 TFSI Ultra : Australia keen on cleaner, more powerful petrol variant

The Audi A3 TFSI Ultra has joined the German brand's compact premium car line-up, boasting more power and lower emissions than the variant currently offered. The A3 TFSI Ultra’s 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces 110kW of power and 250Nm – up 7kW on the existing cylinder-on-demand-equipped variant...


Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept makes video debut, plus dozens of new images released
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Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept makes video debut, plus dozens of new images released

The Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept has made its dynamic debut, with the German brand releasing a stock reel of video footage of the new 386kW small sedan in action...


Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept: 386kW sedan revealed ahead of 2014 Wörthersee debut
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Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept: 386kW sedan revealed ahead of 2014 Wörthersee debut

The new Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept takes small sedans to a place the segment has never been before. The new Audi S3-based super sedan produces a phenomenal 386kW of power and 600Nm of torque from its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, with all of that grunt sent to all four 21-inch wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic...


Audi A3 sedan v Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class : Comparison Review
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Audi A3 sedan v Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class : Comparison Review

Business culture dictates that a hatchback isn’t as corporate as an equivalent sedan, so luckily for junior executives with sub-$50,000 purchasing power there are new options – the Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Never before have premium German manufacturers offered a sedan variant below the medium-sized BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class that cost around $15,000 more in entry-level specification...


Audi A3 sedan v Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review
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Audi A3 sedan v Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review

First four-door Audi A3 takes on Benz's junior CLS, the Mercedes-Benz CLA200, in a battle of the German compact executive sedans.


Audi A3 wins 2014 World Car of the Year title
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Audi A3 wins 2014 World Car of the Year title

The Audi A3 has been named the 2014 World Car of the Year. The German brand’s premium small car took the gong over the sporty BMW 4 Series and the more affordable Mazda 3. The Audi was chosen among 24 entrants from all over the globe, which was then cut to 12, before the final three were selected...


Audi A3 Cabriolet pricing confirmed : from $47,300
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Audi A3 Cabriolet pricing confirmed : from $47,300

The cost of entry to the drop-top version of the Audi A3 has dropped for the new-generation model that reaches Australia in June. The Audi A3 Cabriolet will start at $47,300, nearly $5000 less than before even if it carries a sizeable premium over the equivalent A3 hatch (+$9400) and A3 sedan (+$7500). An A3 Cabriolet 1...


Audi A3 Sedan Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Audi A3 Sedan Review

A boot and a broader body mark the Audi A3 sedan as a desirable and good-looking addition to the third-generation A3 line-up. The sedan body is a first for the Audi A3, and liberates luggage volume (up from 380L in the Sportback, to 425L). What you lose in wagon-like access to the cargo area, the A3 sedan makes up with its handsome styling...

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$39,800 - $47,800

Audi A3 sedan : pricing and specifications
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Audi A3 sedan : pricing and specifications

The Audi A3 sedan has become the cheapest premium four-door in the country, launching with a sub-$40,000 starting price that undercuts German rival, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, by more than $10,000. The all-new A3 sedan range largely mirrors that of the A3 Sportback that arrived in Australia in May (minus the hatch's base diesel), with four direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine variants and two trim levels ranging up to $47,800...


Audi A3 Sedan to launch from $39,800
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Audi A3 Sedan to launch from $39,800

The all-new Audi A3 Sedan will launch locally this month priced from $39,800, undercutting its Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class rival by more than $10,000. Coming in $4200 more than the current entry-level A3 Sportback, the Audi A3 Sedan range will comprise two trim levels and three turbocharged four-cylinder engines...


Premium hatch comparison: Audi A3 v BMW 1 Series v Mercedes-Benz A-Class v Alfa Romeo Giulietta v Volkswagen Golf v Volvo V40
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Premium hatch comparison: Audi A3 v BMW 1 Series v Mercedes-Benz A-Class v Alfa Romeo Giulietta v Volkswagen Golf v Volvo V40

‘Premium’ is perhaps the word most difficult to define in the automotive lexicon. To some, it may be about delivering an image above the mainstream and the connotations of a badge; to others it may be about the tangibles of a product and the engineering behind the façade...


Audi A3 Cabriolet Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Audi A3 Cabriolet Review

The brilliant blue coastline of the French Riviera provided both poseur’s promenades and Monte Carlo Rally routes to test the full skill set of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet at the international launch of the compact drop-top in Monaco. Audi convertible-top tech man Mario Weiland says the Audi A3 Cabriolet was benchmarked the BMW 1 Series convertible as well as its own A5 drop-top...

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Audi A3 Review: 1.4 TSFI Sportback COD Attraction
Rating: 810 /10
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Audi A3 Review: 1.4 TSFI Sportback COD Attraction

The luxury hatch niche just keeps adding to its appeal, with the latest Audi A3 Sportback boasting a raft of high-end features and premium grade materials that mirror its larger, more expensive siblings. While Audi was one of the first to offer luxury features in a small car package with the A3’s launch in 1997, these days it’s a hotly-contested segment with similarly positioned German rivals offering an equally impressive bang for their buck...

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$37,900

Audi A3 Sportback hits the road with World Solar Challenge
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Audi A3 Sportback hits the road with World Solar Challenge

Audi hopes to showcase the 'real world' fuel efficiency benefits of its green technology-packed A3 Sportback by taking part in this year's World Solar Challenge. A biennial event for electric vehicles pitting competitors against each other, the elements and around 3000km of road between Darwin and Adelaide, the 2013 World Solar Challenge marks Audi’s second year taking part in event after it entered an A1 1...


Audi A3 Review: 1.8 TFSI quattro
Rating: 810 /10
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Audi A3 Review: 1.8 TFSI quattro

If you can’t stretch to the $59,990 S3 (due December), your more affordable route into an all-wheel-drive Audi A3 is the 1.8 TFSI quattro. The Audi A3 1.8 TFSI quattro costs $45,500 before on-road charges in the German brand’s small car line-up that starts from $35,600. We’ll get straight to the pros and cons of buying the quattro version over the regular A3 1...