As desperate as we are to fault the Audi chain, we’re still mighty fond of these suave little treats. Perhaps we’re still in the honeymoon stage, but these boys just can’t seem to get it wrong. Classic, stately, cultured; what on earth is missing?
We won’t waste time on what you already know. Gorgeously elevated and masterfully designed, the A3 is one of the most favoured in the Vorsprung dynasty. Buy one of these and we guarantee the most harassed of personalities will be instantly composed.
The mammoth space makes it convenient in almost any situation, although probably not what you want to pile your kids into with their bucket and spade. As expected, the interior is a neat spread of cool leather smartly trimmed with silver stitching, and exclusive enough to leave the optional extras, though do consider the Xenon headlights. As for safety, the new quattro technology clamps the road like a vice, whilst the responsive suspension helps you feel confident on the most hectic roads. If you’re still not satisfied, the electronic parking assistance will save your dignity in those embarrassing tight spots, whilst the rain and light sensor makes you feel like you’ve worked hard for feature so insignificant.
If you’re a little fatigued by the uniform black, consider the hot new red or ivory models you may have seen whizzing about. Predicting mass anxiety, we’ve decided to challenge your colour phobias. There’s no denying the elegance of ebony, but if you want to avoid briefcase-syndrome, you need to be fearless. There’s a curious sense of freedom in not looking like one of Men in Black, and you won’t feel obliged to polish your shoes every time you step in. We’ve all questioned the black Audi whose owner isn’t in a suit, but roll out of the crimson hatch in shorts and tee and no one will think you’ve stolen it.
Somehow, we can’t help feeling a little unsatisfied with its perfection. Beautifully attractive, clean and elegant – what more are we after? Audi’s definition of ‘practical refinement’ may have some answers, summarising this car to be a little, well, boring. If you’re really desperate to sex it up, check out the A4 Allroad or Cabriolet for classic sophistication in stockings. These models take the A3 and toughen the boyish charm into serious chic. The S3 is equally as teasing, with an athletic and dynamic build perfect for action men among us.
This car does have a lot to answer for emissions wise, and may get flustered in green open spaces. It also drinks more petrol than the Woodland Trust would ideally desire, but if you don’t mind a regular feed and can take the O-zone on your shoulders, we see no reason to purchase anything else.
An outrageously stunning motor, show us someone who hasn’t made a double take. Timelessly brilliant and forever elegant, there’s sadly no blunder to be found. Even your car dealers will be grieved to say goodbye.