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Road Test: Audi A3 1.6 TDI 110 Sport 3dr S Tronic (2014-2015)

£23,690 when new
4/10
Road test score

Car specifications

Budget
£23,690
Brake horsepower
110bhp
Fuel consumption
70.6mpg
0–62 mph
10.50s
CO2
105g/km
Max speed
124Mph
Insurance Group
17E

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Town driving requires nerves of steel, determination and highly selective vision. Hesitation, giving way to other drivers, and leaving more than a hair’s breadth between you and the car in front are all cardinal sins. Punishable by death.

But stop-start cars don’t follow those rules. In fact, they positively encourage driver tardiness. After all, who wants to keep stop-starting in traffic? Why not just stay stopped while a gap opens up ahead of you? All you have to do is ignore the cars blaring their horns at you…

This stop-start Audi A3 ups the ante even further, because it’s an auto. This is headline news, as previously this tech has only been available on manual cars – you dip the clutch while stationary and the car cuts out; dip it again and the car starts almost immediately. The even bigger headline news is that stop-start with an auto box is not a happy pairing. Especially with a diesel engine.

Come to a halt, press the brake and the wait for the car to stop is interminable. See the traffic start to move, push the accelerator and the wait for the car to restart is even longer. Evolution moves faster.

Remember when stop-start tech first appeared? When we all thought it was a bit rubbish? Well, welcome to the past. With this combination, it seems like Audi just managed to get us back to square one. 

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