2013 Audi A3 Review

If you are looking for a quality but yet affordable hatchback, then the Audi A3 should definitely be on top of your shopping list. It boasts of excellent build quality, spacious interior, powerful engines, decent fuel economy and good safety ratings. Though it's more expensive to maintain compared to its Japanese rivals, these costs are offset due to its durable parts that last longer. It competes with the Subaru Impreza, VW Golf, Mazda Axela, Toyota Auris, Honda Fit, Toyota Vitz and Mazda Demio.

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Detailed Review

The Audi A3 is a 5 seater small luxury car that has been in production from 1996 to present. It’s available as a Saloon and hatchback which is known as the Sportsback. Other body types such as Cabriolet are available but this are not common in Kenya. There are various engine options available in the line-up that are both diesel and petrol.

2013 Audi A3 Kenya

2013 Audi A3 Engine Lineup
The 2013 Audi A3 is offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, these are;
1. The 1.2 Litre TFSI Petrol Engine
2. The 1.4 Litre TFSI Petrol Engine
3. The 1.8 Litre TFSI Petrol Engine
4. The 2.0 Litre TFSI Petrol Engine – In the Audi S3

1. The 1.6 Litre TDI Diesel Engine
2. The 2.0 Litre TDI Diesel Engine

1. 6-Speed Manual Transmission
2. Multitronic CVT
3. S-Tronic

2013 Audi A3 Grades

  1. Audi A3 SE Sportsback- This is the basic grade that comes with 15-Inch alloy rims, manual AC, Bluetooth, plain steering wheel and halogen clear headlights.
  2. Audi A3 SE Technik Sportsback – This grade adds front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and standard suspension
  3. Audi A3 S Line Sportsback – This is a sports grade that adds 18-Inch alloy rims, sports suspension and S Line badging
  4. Audi A3 Black Edition – This grades improves on the S Line grade by adding matte black finishing, aluminum pedals, flat bottomed steering wheel and piano black inserts on the dashboard.

2013 Audi A3 Interior
The Audi A3 is a luxurious small hatchback that feels premium and is loaded with so many extras that you would not find in most of its Japanese rivals. The dashboard is simple and everything is neatly arranged with easy accessibility. The legroom is also good and feels as big as a full sized wagon. The legroom for the rear middle seat is restricted by the transmission tunnel and it’s not an ideal space for adults.

2013 Audi A3 first row

2013 Audi A3 Second Row

Cabin Storage
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row there are 4 cup-holders, door panel storage, a cubby box and glovebox. At the second row, there are 2 cupholders and storage pockets on the front seats.

Audi A3 Glovebox

2013 Audi A3 Boot Space
The boot space is sufficient to carry luggage for a family of five. When extra space is required, the rear seats can fold down in a split format.

Audi A3 Boot

Audi A3 Full Boot

Extras: Sunroof, Radio/CD Player

2013 Audi A3 Dashboard

2013 Audi A3 Safety Features: SRS airbags, knee airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, Traction Control, Audi Lane Assist, Audi Side Assist, Adaptive Headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control

2013 Audi A3 Exterior
The A3 closely resembles its bigger brother the A4 with the main variation being in body size. At the front, it comes with a large grille emblazoned with Audi’s four rings and accentuated by modern headlights with daytime running lights. The rear is curved and the tailgate is finished off with the Audi rings.

2013 Audi A3

2013 Audi A3 Fuel Consumption
1.2 Litre TFSI Petrol Fuel Consumption: 21.85 Km/L
1.4 Litre TFSI Petrol Fuel Consumption: 21.08 Km/L
1.8 Litre TFSI Petrol Fuel Consumption: 18.19 Km/L
2.0 Litre TFSI Petrol Fuel Consumption: 16.24 Km/L
1.6 Litre TDI Diesel Fuel Consumption: 31.58 Km/L
2.0 Litre TDI Diesel Fuel Consumption: 25.55 Km/L

2013 Audi A3 Acceleration
1.2 Litre TFSI Petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.6 sec.
1.4 Litre TFSI Petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.1 sec.
1.8 Litre TFSI Petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 sec.
2.0 Litre TFSI Petrol accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.6 sec.
1.6 Litre TDI Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.0 sec.
2.0 Litre TDI Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.6 sec.

Audi A3 steering and Speedometer

2013 Audi A3 Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 Litres

2013 Audi A3 Ground Clearance
The 2013 Audi A3 has a ground clearance of 4.3 inches(109 mm) which is below the minimum recommended ground clearance of 6.5 Inches for Kenyan roads and it may not clear some speed bumps. It might be necessary to modify the ground clearance to adjust the car to Kenyan roads. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

Audi A3 sportsback Kenya

2013 Audi A3 Stability and Handling
The Audi A3 drives and handles very well with no hint of instability even at high speed. The ground clearance is an issue and you may have to maneuver carefully on speed bumps or potholes.

Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

2013 Audi A3 1.4T Engine

Audi A3 Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service parts are fairly priced and shared with other Audis. Body parts on the other hand are expensive and mostly available in Nairobi. Click here to buy Audi A3 spare parts in Kenya

2013 Audi A3 Reliability
The Audi A3 is not as forgiving on poor maintenance as some of its Japanese rivals.
Some of the commonly reported Audi A3 problems are;
1. Engine Warning Light
2. Transmission problems
3. Engine Failure
4. Sensor problems

Ensure you thoroughly read the Owner’s Manual as it contains vital information on the maintenance and operation of the car. Send us an email at [email protected] for a copy of the 2013 Audi A3 Owner’s Manual.

Resale Value: Average

2013 Audi A3 Competitors: Subaru Impreza,  Toyota AurisMazda AxelaVW Golf

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: Starting from Ksh.1,300,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 52,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 28,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What we like about the 2013 Audi A3
1. Executive finish
2. Quick acceleration

What we don’t
Low ground clearance

If you’re shopping for a good quality and affordable hatchback then the Audi A3 should definitely be on top of your list. Maintenance costs are higher than its Japanese rivals but this is offset by the durability.

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