Our pick: Audi A3 Sedan 1.0 TFSI from S$136,460 with COE (June 2020)
Read our full review of the Audi A3 Sedan (pre-facelift) here
Audi’s contender in the small luxury sedan segment is the oldest amongst its rivals, with the A3 Sedan first surfacing in 2014, and receiving a facelift in 2017. A new one is due next year, which promises to put up a better fight against its competitors.
That said, despite its age, the current A3 Sedan is not without its attractions. For one, it has a lower entry point, with its current price tag of $136,460 including COE comfortably undercutting its two main German rivals by a significant margin.
It has a smaller engine as well, with the sole A3 Sedan variant now available for sale in Singapore being the 1.0-litre TFSI turbocharged four-pot that produces 116hp and 200Nm of torque. The engine’s minuscule 999cc capacity also means you pay a measly $392 in annual road tax, which is not something you can say for many German premium cars.
While it may not be particularly powerful, the engine is gutsy and energetic, and, together with the seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox, gives the A3 Sedan a zippy and eager demeanour that makes it fun to drive.
Where it really shines though is its fuel efficiency. Audi quotes an average fuel consumption figure of 4.7 litres per 100km for the A3 Sedan 1.0 TFSI, and it’s certainly an achievable target if you’re a conservative driver.
Given its age, the A3 Sedan is slightly less polished than its rivals, and it also lacks the more modern tech features that are present in both the BMW and Mercedes-Benz offerings. But it is still a well-built German car that drives decently, and remains hugely popular among Singaporean car buyers thanks to its attractive pricing, low running costs, and great fuel economy.