When it comes to looking for smart, stylish and powerful lease cars, you should definitely consider the brilliant Audi A3.
The A3 manages to beautifully balance superb comfort and excellent precision and control, creating an exciting driving experience. So if you’re interested in car leasing and want one of the best hatchbacks, drop tops, or wagons on the market, check out why the A3 might be the perfect car for you.
Overall handling is pretty decent, and the A3 feels eager when turning into corners. In regards to the engines, there really is a huge range to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect one to suit your needs. For the petrol lovers, the basic 123bhp, 1.4litre petrol is surprisingly nippy; or you could go for the 178bhp 1.8litre which is nicely brisk and flexible.
The range of diesel engines are just as impressive, and our personal favourite is the 1.6litre which has some strong torque for its size. There is also the choice of suspension settings, depending on what takes your fancy. These are SE, lower Sport and S-Line.
Standard SE suspension will provide the A3 with decent balance, even though it’s still a bit on the firm side. However, this doesn’t make the A3 uncomfortable, and you can specify SE suspension for no extra cost with every A3 trim level.
The classy design and high quality of the materials in the cabin give it a luxurious feel, matching that of a more expensive luxury saloon. Every care has been taken to make the entire interior feel first rate, from the solid materials to the slick infotainment system.
Audi’s multi-media interface enables you to quickly and easily control the main aspects of the A3, using the central control dial. The system is reasonably simple to use, topped off with some handy shortcut keys to assist you by touch, which is especially useful when driving. As for space, there’s a decent amount of room available, especially if you’re sat up front.
There are plenty of adjustment options for the driver’s seat, so you will easily be able to make yourself comfy for the long drive ahead. There’s less space in the rear, and unfortunately rivals will have more room. On the plus side though, the boot is nice and big on the hatch and saloon, and even has an adjustable floor which reduces the load lip.
There’s no shortage of safety and spec in the A3, and the variety of trim levels mean you can customise the A3 to your heart’s content. Safety and security wise, an alarm and deadlocks come standard on all models. The A3 also has stability control with curtain and side airbags included.
If you’re willing to pay extra, you can opt for the Pre-Sense system, which will automatically sense when a collision is imminent and prepare the safety systems to keep you even safer. And after receiving 5-stars during its Euro NCAP safety test, you can be rest assured you’re driving in a safe and reliable vehicle.
Finally, there’s a whole range of neat tech to choose from.
Even if you go for the most basic entry lever SE spec, you’ll get voice control and manual air-conditioning, Bluetooth and a USB socket. Of course if you’re wanting extras such as dual-zone climate control and sports suspension, then you’ll have to opt for one of the higher up, and more expensive trims.