Audi a3 8v ambient lighting
Part Number: T10 LED W5W. Light Chip: Ultra bright COB Audi a3 8v ambient lighting
Compatible Parts: 147 152 158 159 161 168 184 192 193 194 259 280 285 447 464 501 504 555 558 585 655 656 657 1210 1250 1251 1252 2450 2652 2821 2825 2921 3528 12256 12961 M158 M155
Light Color: White Light (6000K)
Power: DC12V. Life: Up to 50,000 Hours
Installation: Direct Plug In Replacement
Used Audi A3 review
Audi wasn’t the first maker to offer a posh small car, but it was the first to be successful. Until the original Audi A3 arrived in 1996, most contenders in this market were built down to a price. But when the A3 car appeared nearly 20 years ago, it cost as much as many models in the class above.
Things have changed a lot since then, as many of the Audi’s more mainstream rivals like the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class are significantly more costly, so while the A3 still has the edge on build quality and class, it’s no longer that expensive in comparison.
A used Audi A3 has always been a tempting proposition thanks to its positioning at the head of the Volkswagen Group’s family hatchback line-up. While the equivelant Volkswagen Golf, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia models have always used the same technology as the A3, the Audi badge ensures extra desirability and better residual values.
Audi A3 Mk3
The third-generation Audi a3 8v ambient lighting best arrived in September 2012 as a three-door hatch, with 1.4 TFSI and 1.8-litre TFSI petrol or 2.0 TDI diesel engines. The latter came with front or quattro four-wheel drive, and soon after launch a 1.6 TDI engine joined the range – although both diesels have since been embroiled in the VW Group emissions scandal.
By March 2013, a five-door Sportback had been added, featuring a 35mm longer wheelbase to give more rear legroom than in the three-door car. A 104bhp 1.2 TFSI engine was introduced in spring 2013, alongside a 60mpg Cylinder on Demand (CoD) 1.4-litre TFSI, capable of running on just two cylinders when cruising.
The 296bhp S3 also appeared in 2013, as did a powerful 181bhp 2.0 TDI, then in May 2015 a 1.6 TDI Ultra launched, with 89g/km and 83mpg. Audi has confirmed 2015’s Euro 6 diesels are not affected by the scandal, but it’s unclear which cars in the A3 line-up are.
The A3 comes in SE, Sport and S line trim. Entry-level cars feature 16-inch alloys, a 5.8-inch display, eight-speaker hi-fi, Bluetooth, Isofix, remote central locking and electrically adjustable mirrors. Also included are heated windscreen washer jets, a multifunction steering wheel, electric front windows (and rears on the Sportback), plus air-con. Sport adds 17-inch wheels, sports seats and suspension (lowered by 15mm) and dual-zone climate control. S line cars come with 18-inch alloys, part-leather, xenons plus sportier design details inside and out.
The BMW 1 Series is the Audi’s closest rival in terms of price, size and image. It’s also available with a wide choice of engines and bodystyles, and while prices can be high, supply is plentiful. The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 is another tough adversary; it’s a bit more affordable, yet mechanically it’s the same, although not all of the A3’s engines were offered in the Golf, plus there was no four-wheel-drive option in the mainstream line-up. More affordable still is the Mazda 3, which features sharp styling and generous equipment, but if a premium badge is key, take a closer look at the Mercedes A-Class.
Inside, the Audi a3 8v ambient lighting finish and layout are exemplary. But low-spec cars can be sombre. Space is good, although the Sportback is worth having if you use the rear seats a lot. The three-door has a 365-litre boot, or 1,100 litres with the seats down. It expands from 380 litres to 1,220 litres in the Sportback.
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