How to Buy an Audi A3

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How to Buy an Audi A3

The Audi A3 has built a reputation for itself in the UK as a reliable vehicle in the small family car class. With its sport back form factor and quality Audi engineering, the A3 is a flexible vehicle that can fit a variety of lifestyles, working as a family vehicle or an urban commuter car. Consumers who are interested in purchasing one of these Audis may have a number of questions related to their features, including the different model types that are available, engines, and trim levels. Before beginning the purchasing process, these consumers may wish to get to know the Audi A3 in greater detail to determine which versions of this popular car would work best for their needs.

They may also wish to look into the various retail options that are available to them. While traditional, automobile vendors may have a limited selection of Audi A3s, online retailers such as eBay can offer consumers a diverse marketplace from which to select their vehicles. Familiarising themselves with this type of retail experience can also enhance their search for the right Audi A3 to drive.

Understanding the Model Types of the Audi A3

The Audi A3 has gone through several generations of modifications since its original release in 1996. Knowing the different feature sets and characteristics of these various generations can help an Audi consumer narrow in on the best A3 for his or her driving needs.

The Typ 8L Audi A3

The first generation of Audi A3s, produced between 1996 and 2003, were created as Audi's answer to the small car market after the company ceased production on the Audi 50. The earliest A3s from this generation were all three-door hatchbacks and were available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The year 1999 saw the release of a diesel version of the A3 as well as a five-door body type. All A3s experienced a facelift at the turn of the millennium when new headlights and rear lamp designs, cosmetic modifications to the exterior, enhancements to the interior, and the option of a six-speed manual transmission were all introduced.

Released simultaneously with this first generation of A3s was the S3, which was based on the A3 and was available as a three-door liftback with a four-wheel drive system. 2000 Audi A3s and all those manufactured after this year had marked modifications made to the exteriors and only minor adjustments made to the interiors.

The Typ 8P Audi A3

The second generation of A3s, released in 2003, are known as 8P Audi A3s. The 8Ps were released in three different chassis designs over the years. In addition to the original three-door lift back, a five-door sportback was released in 2004 followed by a cabriolet version in 2008. The sportback was larger than the original A3 and featured more luggage space and seating room, along with a new front grille that would later be integrated into all later model A3s. A second generation of S3s was also introduced to the marketplace during this period with three-door and five-door versions available.

Both the A3 and S3 received makeovers in 2008. Revisions were made to the styling in the fronts and rears of the vehicles. A modified grille was paired with daytime running lights. A seven-speed, S-tronic, dual clutch transmission was introduced for the European engines as well as the option of adaptive shock absorbers. The S3 was also expanded to include a Sportback model.

Considering Engines and Performance

For consumers who are concerned about performance, taking the engine type of an Audi A3 into consideration can be an important part of the purchasing process. Audi A3 engines come with petrol or diesel engines and a wide range of performance capabilities. The following table outlines the various engine types available in an Audi A3, along with the performance ratings and the model years in which they were used in the Audi A3s.

Name

Type

Output (@rpm)

0–100 km/h

Top Speed

Years

1.6 8v

1,595 cc (97 cu in) I4

Petrol

101 PS (74 kW; 100 hp)

@5,600 rpm

11.0 seconds

188 km/h (117 mph)

1996 to 2000

1.6 8v

1,595 cc (97 cu in) I4

102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp)

@5,600 rpm

10.9 seconds

189 km/h (117 mph)

2000 to 2003

1.8 20v

1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4

125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp)

@6,000 rpm

9.6 seconds

202 km/h (126 mph)

1996 to 2003

1.8 20vT

1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4 turbo

150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)

@5,700 rpm

8.2 seconds

217 km/h (135 mph)

1996 to 2003

1.8 20vT

1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4 turbo

180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp)

@5,500 rpm

7.5 seconds

228 km/h (142 mph)

1999 to 2003

1.8 20vT

1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4 turbo

210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp)

@5,800 rpm

6.8 seconds

238 km/h (148 mph)

1999 to 2001

1.8 20vT

1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4 turbo

225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp)

@5,900 rpm

6.6 seconds

243 km/h (151 mph)

2001 to 2003

1.9 8v TDI

1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 turbo

Diesel

90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)

@4,000 rpm

12.4 seconds

181 km/h (112 mph)

1996 to 2001

1.9 8v TDI

1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 turbo

Diesel

100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp)

@4,000 rpm

11.0 seconds

188 km/h (117 mph)

2001 to 2003

1.9 8v TDI

1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 turbo

Diesel

110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp)

@4,150 rpm

10.5 seconds

194 km/h (121 mph)

1997 to 2000

1.9 8v TDI

1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 turbo

Diesel

130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp)

@4,000 rpm

9.2 seconds

205 km/h (127 mph)

2000 to 2003

When buying a used Audi A3, consumers should keep in mind that aftermarket modifications may have been made to the vehicles. If a consumer is looking for a particular powerdrive package in a car, he or she should confirm with a seller at the point of purchase whether or not the engine is still in its original form or has been modified since its factory release.

Considering Trim Levels in Audi A3s

Recent models of Audi A3s come in trim level packages that include Premium and Premium Plus. The following table notes the different feature sets available in each trim level.

Trim Level

Features

Premium

17-inch alloy wheels

Foglights

Cruise control

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Leather upholstery

10-speaker sound system with CD player

Satellite radio

Auxiliary audio jack

Premium Plus

Xenon headlights

LED running lights

Steering wheel shift paddles (with automatic transmission)

Aluminium interior trim

There are also value packages consumers can keep an eye out for in the marketplace. The Bluetooth Value Package is standard at the Premium Plus trim level and optional with the Premium trim. It features an eight-way, power driver seat with four-way lumbar adjustment, a multifunction steering wheel, and Bluetooth capabilities. The Audi Navigation System Plus Package is another add-on package consumers may find in Audi A3s. It has a navigation system, a dash-mounted Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI), and either a six-CD changer or an iPod interface.

Buying an Audi A3 on eBay

The online retailer eBay offers a diverse marketplace of options for those who are interested in the Audi A3. Consumers can find anything from the most recent iteration of an A3 sportback to a gently used model from the first generation of Audi A3s. In order to browse through this large catalogue of choices, you can leverage the search bar interface found on all of the site's pages. Use this interface to run a search for the type of Audi A3 you are interested in, such as 'black sportback audi a3', for example. Look through the results of your search in detail and click on any titles that look particularly appealing.

Getting to Know the Sellers on eBay

A real virtue of shopping on eBay is that you can communicate with and evaluate the sellers with whom you are interested in doing business. eBay makes this process very simple. If you are looking at a listing that seems like it could be a good fit, click on the seller's highlighted name. This takes you to the seller's page where you can review feedback that other consumers have submitted for that seller. You can also message the seller directly and access vital information and details relevant to the purchasing process.

Conclusion

An Audi A3 is a vehicle that offers performance and reliability to a variety of drivers. Now available in a range of generations and body styles, consumers have a large selection from which to choose the best A3s for their driving needs. Before beginning this process, consumers need to take some time to get to know the Audi A3 versions in greater detail. They can also review engine details and information to help with the purchasing process.

Once consumers have a grasp on the details and know what they are looking for in an Audi A3, they can begin to search actively for one of these vehicles. This could mean leveraging the large catalogue of options available on sites like eBay, or it could mean making the rounds of local Audi and used car dealerships to find what they want. No matter which purchasing method is chosen, finding the right new or used Audi A3 can be relatively simple with the right information in hand.

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