2014 Audi A3 Sedan with 140 HP 1.4 TFSI Manual – Acceleration Test

Audi A3 sedan 1.4 TFSI 1 photo
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The reason why we’re looking at this car is very simple: the A3 with a 1.4 TFSI engine is the second least expensive car Audi makes with the second least expensive engine in its range, which frankly makes it a target for company car buyers.
These kinds of purchases are usually done to a specific budget and if that budget happens to be €30,000 in Germany, this is pretty much your Audi of choice. After the base 1.4 with 125 hp, the 140 hp with a manual is the least expensive A3 Limousine, costing just €25,500. The cool thing is that it’s not slow either, with the next video showing real world performance clocked by GPS at 8.8 seconds to 100 km/h.

So not only is it cheaper than a 105 hp diesel version of the car, but it’s also faster. Economy isn’t bad either, nor are emissions. If you’re going to get a basic A3 company car and don’t want it to be boring, this is the one to get.

Launched in 2013, the A3 dynamic compact sedan features a cross design between the classic three-box and a coupe. This means it’s kind of crammed in the back. The upside is that it’s one of the most interesting A3 models ever made, especially from the back.

Mechanically, this car is superior to the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, both of which are based on the same platform. At the front, it has a MacPherson suspension joined to an aluminum subframe, while at the back, a four-link suspension with steel crossmember and separate mounted springs and shock has been fitted. That’s right, all A3 come with independent rear suspension, unlike their sister cars from other brands.

The electronic stabilization system includes an electronic differential lock, that slightly brakes the inside front wheel in a corner to minimize understeering.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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