The latest Audi A3 packs an impressively sporty drive, and offers excellent value in the small premium hathcback segment in Singapore
Photos: Leow Ju-Len and Ben Chia
It’s not very often that you get to see what are essentially automotive triplets get tested so close to each other, but it’s a bit of a quirk that we saw the new Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3 all launched here in Singapore within a month of each other. They all share the same engineering underpinnings, but each of them offers a different take with the same ingredients.
We’ve driven the Golf and the Octavia, and now it’s the turn of the Audi to be featured.
(Technically, the new Seat Leon is part of this sibling group too, and has recently arrived here as well, but Seat is a relatively small player in the local context compared to the other three brands.)
It’ll be interesting to see how the Audi differs from its siblings, given its premium positioning and the fact that it costs a fair bit more over the others. The A3 Sportback 1.5 TFSI as tested here retails for S$166,140 inclusive of COE, which is about 40 grand more than both the Golf and Octavia. But what do you get for the extra outlay, and is it worth the money?
The five-door A3 Sportback will probably be the slightly less popular model as compared to the A3 Sedan variant that is also available. That said, the previous gen A3 was an extremely strong seller for Audi in Singapore, thanks to its relatively lower entry price point as compared to its fellow small car rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, while the availability of a highly efficient 1.0-litre engine also bolstered the A3’s appeal further.