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Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Sport long-term review: Introduction

James Wong takes the wheel with Audi's small sedan. Watch for our drive reports over the weeks ahead.

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The CarAdvice Melbourne garage has welcomed another new long-term tester – say hello to 'Aldo' the Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Sport Limited Edition.

Priced from $48,000 before on-road costs (or $48,900 drive-away), the 2.0 TFSI Sport Limited Edition builds on the specification of the standard 'Sport' sedan variant by adding the usually optional Assistance Package and Technik Package as standard equipment, which normally ask for $1500 and $2900 respectively.

Those packages mean you get features like a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit driver's display, MMI Navigation Plus which includes a touch pad and live traffic updates, DAB+ digital radio and a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters.

The the full array of driver assistance systems is here, like adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, high-speed autonomous emergency braking, high-beam assist, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and hill hold assist.

Features carried over from the regular 2.0 TFSI Sport include a 7.0-inch navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-speaker sounds system, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, leather-appointed seats, LED cabin lighting, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and selectable drive modes.

Our tester's Monsoon Grey metallic paint is a no-cost option on the Limited Edition, saving the $1150 you would normally spend on the regular A3 2.0 TFSI Sport.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, developing 140kW at 6000rpm and 320Nm between 1500 and 5200rpm. Drive in the 2.0 TFSI Sport is sent exclusively to the front wheels via a seven-speed 'S tronic' dual-clutch automatic.

Audi claims a 6.8-second 0-100 sprint, and a top speed of 250km/h – not that we'll be getting anywhere near that in Melbourne, however.

Fuel use, meanwhile, is officially rated at 5.8L/100km on the combined cycle, with the A3 demanding a 95RON minimum rating for its 50L tank.

Rounding out the spec sheet are a 425-litre boot area, with a space-saver spare wheel residing under the luggage area floor. The boot can also be expanded using the split-folding 60/40 rear seats, though the company doesn't quote a maximum capacity for the sedan.

VFACTS data shows the A3 range managed 364 registrations for the month of September, with the year-to-date figure sitting at 3180 units as of 30 September. That's down 21.6 per cent on September 2017 and down 15.6 per cent YTD.

We're looking forward to putting the A3 sedan through its paces over the coming months, including the areas of urban and highway commuting, infotainment and driver assistance technology, interior space and practicality, along with input from the wider team.

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