The first series of the A3, which is Audi’s D segment car and one of the most popular models in our country, ie the 1st generation, will we look for answers to the questions of what kind of car to buy. We will also include the Audi A3 1st generation review, test drive and user comment.
German premium car manufacturer Audi was previously in this segment with the 80 series. However, due to its aging design, it introduced the A3 at the Berlin motor show in 1995 to switch to a new model. In 1996, it was offered for sale in Turkey along with the whole world. After the production of make-up cases in 2000, 2 generations of A3s were released in 2003.
Audi A3 1. Generation (1996-2003) What kind of car is
The Audi A3 is a premium car. Although it is produced on the same platform as the Golf, it is far ahead in terms of quality. Ambition, Ambiente and Attraction equipment packages are available. ABS, digital air conditioning, driver and passenger airbag, trip computer, power windows and mirrors, adjustable steering”. In addition, the 1st generation A3 has 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission options. 5-door hatchback and 3-door sportback body types are available. Engine technical specifications are as follows;
1.6 Gasoline : It is the most used engine of the Volkswagen group. It is popularly known as the Hitler engine. It is the most popular engine option. It is compatible with LPG and produces 102 horsepower and 148 Nm torque. This 4-cylinder and injection engine consumes 9.6 liters of fuel in the city and 5.3 liters outside the city. It is the most popular engine option.
1.8 Gasoline : This naturally-aspirated engine is very much in sync. It produces 125 horsepower and 173 Nm of torque. It is an LPG compatible engine. It consumes 11 liters of fuel in the city and 6.5 liters outside the city. It is satisfactory in terms of performance. If you are going to buy a gasoline one, I recommend you to buy the one with this engine.
1.8 T : It is also an engine used by the Volkswagen group in many vehicles. These engines are even dismantled and installed in Tofaş. It produces tremendous power for its time, such as 150 horsepower and 210 Nm of torque. It is a very performance engine and consumes 11 liters of fuel in the city and 6.5 liters outside the city.
1.9 TDI : One of the first predecessors of turbo diesel technology, this engine produces 110 horsepower and 235 Nm of torque. At that time, diesel engines were sold in small numbers, as diesel engines were not much preferred in automobiles. It consumes 6.5 liters of fuel in the city and 4 liters outside the city.
Audi A3 1. Generation (1996-2003) User Review
I own a 1999 Audi A3. I really can’t understand why this car is cheaper than the same model Golf. Although it is a very high quality car in every respect, it is very cheap because it is not kept on the market. Anyway, let me start from within the beginning. You know, Volkswagen has that tough door feeling. You can see the first examples in this car. It gives you a great sense of security when you sit in it. You feel as if nothing is going to happen when you’re in it. A very high quality material is used in the front chest and door interiors. Over time, things like cracking and fading never happen. Almost 25 years after its production, there is not the slightest crush on their seats. The quality of the sponge is very nice. But the only downside to me is that the 1.6 engine is lacking. Şehir içinde hele bir de LPG varsa çok fazla bayılıyor. İvmelenirken zorluk yaşıyorsunuz. Bu sebeple sürekli düşük vites yüksek devirde kullanmak zorunda kalıyorsunuz. İçinin genişliği güzeldir. Mesela ön koltukları kendi boyuma göre ayarladığımda ki benim boyum 1.80 cm, arka diz mesafesi gayet yeterli seviyede kalıyor. Bagaj hacmi her hatchback otomobilde olduğu gibi çok geniş değildir. Uzun yol ve yüksek hızlarda gayet oturaklıdır. Mesela 160 – 170 km/s hızla hiç zorlanmadan rahatlıkla gidebiliyorsunuz. Yol tutuşu mükemmel derecede güzeldir. Nice sert virajlara yüksek hızlarda girebiliyorsunuz. Amortisörleri sert olduğu için çukurlardan geçerken baya bir ses çıkartıyor. Yolda giderken motor ve yol sesini içeriye çok fazla almıyor. Ses yalıtımı gayet başarılıdır.
Should you buy an Audi A3 1. Generation (1996-2003)
Now the first question in your mind will be whether you have spare parts. Yes, you can easily find it. In fact, the engine and mechanical parts are the same as the other cars of the Volkswagen group. Therefore, if you know what you are looking for, you will not have difficulty in finding parts. However, they want very high prices for parts of body and accessory parts. His second hand is not so strong. However, I think that the fact that it is a car that is not kept allows us to ride a quality car with little money. Also, I should not mention this. Now that they are a little older, small electrical failures make people a little tired. Take care to take a clean-used one before taking it. Because these cars were used very despised in the hands of young people.