A3 2014-2017 35 TDI Premium Plus Review
Audi India is a renowned car maker known for luxury vehicles in the car market. The company has now introduced their eagerly awaited sedan, Audi A3 with stunning exterior as well as interior aspects. There is one petrol and four diesel variants available out of which, Audi A3 35 TDI Premium Plus is a mid range diesel variant. It is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that can displace 1968cc. This is paired with a 6-speed S tronic dual clutch automatic transmission gear box that adds to the engine's performance. It has a plush internal cabin that is packed with numerous sophisticated aspects. There is an advanced infotainment system integrated, which keeps the occupants entertained throughout their journey. There are well cushioned seats incorporated, which are covered with Milano leather upholstery. It comes with a four spoke multifunction steering wheel that is mounted with various controls. There are several aspects with chrome finishing that further gives a luxurious look to its interiors. Besides these, it is loaded with a lot of comfort aspects like air conditioning unit, electrically adjustable front seats, storage package and so on. When it comes to safety, it has a first aid kit, six airbags, a tool kit and an electronic vehicle immobilization device as well.
This sedan is blessed with an excellent body design that is equipped with a number of exterior aspects. To start with the front facade, it has a wide windshield which is made of heat insulated glass. It is further integrated with a couple of intermittent wipers. The sleek bonnet includes two visible character lines on it. There is a bold radiator grille that is treated with a lot of chrome. It is also integrated with a prominent logo of the company, which is neatly embossed in its center. It is flanked by a trendy looking headlight cluster that is equipped with xenon plus headlamps. The body colored bumper is fitted with a couple of radiant fog lamps. The side profile has electrically foldable and adjustable outside mirrors with anti-glare on the driver's side. There are also door handles and neatly carved wheel arches, which are fitted with a set of 17 inch alloy wheels. These are further covered with tubeless radials, which have a robust grip on any roads. It further includes a radiant tail light cluster, large boot lid with company's emblem and a body colored bumper that is equipped with a pair of fog lamps.
The plush internal section of this Audi A3 35 TDI Premium Plus trim is packed with a lot of aspects. The cabin is beautifully decorated with a two tone color scheme, which gives a pleasant feel to its occupants. It has a four spoke multi functional steering that integrated to the neatly designed dashboard. It also houses an instrument cluster, central console and AC vents. The instrument panel comes with functions like driver seatbelt warning, low fuel consumption display, tachometer and a few other notifications. This trim is blessed with a deluxe automatic air conditioning unit that cools the cabin. Apart from these, it has illuminated vanity mirrors, door sill trims with S line logo and a smoking package including ashtray and lighter. There are a few storage spaces, which includes a storage compartment under the front passenger seat, storage nets behind front seats and a large glove box as well. It also has a 12V accessory socket that is useful for charging electronic devices. Other aspects like AC vents, mirror adjustment switches, coin box and frame around the inside door handle gets aluminum finishing.
Engine and Performance:
The auto maker has powered this trim with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that has the displacement capacity of 1968cc . It comes with four cylinders, sixteen valves and is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. This mill is integrated with a common rail fuel injection system that helps in giving a mileage of 20.38 Kmpl, which is quite decent. The maximum power produced by this motor is 143bhp in the range of 3500 and 4000rpm. On the other hand, it yields a peak torque output of 320Nm that ranges between 1750 and 3000rpm. This power plant is skillfully paired with a six speed S tronic dual clutch automatic transmission gear box. This vehicle has the ability of attaining a top speed of 215 Kmph and crosses the speed mark of 100 Kmph in just 8.6 seconds, which is impressive. It has a large fuel tank that can hold about 50 litres of diesel in it.
Braking and Handling:
This five seater sedan is incorporated with a proficient suspension system that helps in maintaining the vehicle's stability on any road conditions. There is a McPherson strut assembled on its front axle with lower wishbone. The rear axle gets a four link suspension with shock absorbers as well as tubular anti-roll bar. It comes with a dual circuit diagonal split breaking system, which is quite reliable . The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones get solid disc brakes. This vehicle is incorporated with an electromechanical power assisted steering system that results in convenient handling.
There are a number of comfort aspects available in this Audi A3 35 TDI Premium Plus trim. It has electrically adjustable front seats, which comes along with a center armrest. The center console comes with Audi Music Interface, which is operated using the MMI control panel. It also features USB storage media, MP3 players, Bluetooth audio streaming as well as hands free mobile phone connectivity. Other comfort aspects include acoustic and visual parking aid, automatic air conditioning unit, cruise control and auto release function.
This mid range variant is loaded with quite a few safety aspects that ensures proper security of its occupants. The list includes six airbags, space saving spare wheel, wheel bolts , tool kit including a jack, first aid kit with warning triangle and electronic vehicle engine immobilizer as well.
1. Acceleration and pickup is rather impressive.
2. Exterior appearance is rather attractive.
1. Lack of panoramic sunroof is a minus.
2. Interior design looks quite standard.