If you are thinking of buying a premium-brand compact car then you are probably already considering a new Audi A3, such is this model’s dominance in this sector. Not that their German rivals have simply let Audi have it all their own way. Past A3 models have gone up against BMW’s 1 series and the Mercedes A class. Neither of these cars, though, quite got it right and the compact Audi remains streets ahead.
The BMW 1 series was hampered by looks that were, for some at least, controversial. As it is a rear-wheel-drive car, the transmission tunnel also restricted flexibility and room in the back. The Mercedes A class, meanwhile, looked more like a mini MPV than an executive hatch and while it was certainly practical, it lacked the kind of quietly classy looks that are a requirement for many purchasers of these cars. These were not problems the A3 had. The looks are just about spot on and the front-wheel-drive means more legroom in the rear, where there is space for three adults.
This third-generation A3, however, takes an already winning formula and improves on it gently, in a very Audi sort of way. Audi has shaved around 80 kilos off the weight of what was never a heavy car in the first place. That is like losing a fully grown adult passenger. You can feel the difference. The car feels more agile and nimble and turns into corners with confidence. Performance is excellent too, with the 1.8 TFSI S Line taking you to 62mph in just 7.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 144mph. Clearly there are slower models, but with the right Audi A3 car finance in place, you can perhaps afford one of the sportier variants.
By using an Audi A3 car finance package such as personal contract hire (PCH) or personal contract purchase (PCP), your monthly payments could be significantly lower than on a car loan for the same vehicle. In fact, they could be up to 60% cheaper. That means you should take another look at the model line-up and think about plumping for a better one. At www.financeacar.co.ukwe will help you to understand the different types of Audi A3 car finance available and then we will let you compare deals from all the leading UK finance companies to make sure that you get the best deal on the market.