Audi A3 1996 8L Hatchback

This generation of Audi A3 8L has been produced from January, 1996 to September, 2000. We can provide information about 14 modifications of this generation. 1996 Audi A3 is available with four wheel (4x4) drive (2 versions) and front wheel drive (12 versions).

This Audi is available with four petrol engines with displacement from 1.6 to 1.8 litres and power of from 100 to 180 horsepower un two diesel engines with displacement 1.9 litres and power of from 90 to 110 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (8 versions), as well as automatic (6 versions) gearbox.

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Audi A3 1996 8L hatchback average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 7.6 to 8.9 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 4.9 to 6.2 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient Audi A3 1996 8L hatchback petrol engine version is Audi A3 1.6, consuming 7.6 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient Audi A3 1996 8L hatchback diesel - Audi A3 1.9 TDI for 100 kilometers consumes 4.9 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, Audi A3 real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 8 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +7% for petrol engines and +8% for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific Audi A3 modification.

Audi A3 1996 8L hatchback CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 182 to 214 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 132 to 167 grams per kilometer. From Audi A3 with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has Audi A3 1.6 which produces an average of 182 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the Audi A3 diesels least CO2 distributes Audi A3 1.9 TDI - 132 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 7.5 seconds has Audi A3 1.8 5V Turbo version, conversely the tardiest one is Audi A3 1.9 TDI reaching this speed only in 13.7 seconds. The maximum top speed is 228 km/h for the 1.8 petrol 4-cylinder 180 hp version (Audi A3 1.8 5V Turbo) and the 1.8 petrol 4-cylinder 180 hp version (Audi A3 1.8 5V Turbo).

Lenght of Audi A3 is 415 cm, it is medium size car. For comparison - Audi A3 is about 4 cm longer than Opel Astra hatchback, but 2 cm shorter than Ford Focus hatchback. Audi A3 gross weight is from 1600 to 1810 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 10 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This Audi is in average price group - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 1000 €. According to user reviews, average Audi A3 repair costs are 65 € per year. Users calculated Audi A3 1996 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 1900 € cost per year and 0.17 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 60%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 26% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of Audi A3 for your situation and driving habits here! Below you will find more detailed information about Audi A3 prices and costs.

In user reviews Audi A3 received average grade 8.0 (from 10) - better than average rate for same years cars (7.6). All authors of reviews would recommend Audi A3 to the friend.

Audi A3 modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox Drive type
Audi A3 1996 1.6

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.6 Petrol 100 HP 7.6 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Audi A3 1996 1.6 1.6 Petrol 100 HP 8.6 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Audi A3 1996 1.8 5V 1.8 Petrol 125 HP 8.3 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Audi A3 1996 1.8 5V 1.8 Petrol 125 HP 8.9 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Audi A3 1996 1.8 5V Turbo 1.8 Petrol 150 HP 7.8 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Audi A3 1996 1.8 5V Turbo 1.8 Petrol 150 HP 8.9 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Audi A3 1998 1.8 5V Turbo quattro 4x4 Jan 1998 — Sep 2000 1.8 Petrol 150 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5) All wheel
Audi A3 1998 1.8 5V Turbo Jan 1998 — Sep 2000

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds

1.8 Petrol 180 HP 7.8 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Audi A3 1998 1.8 5V Turbo Jan 1998 — Sep 2000

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds

1.8 Petrol 180 HP 7.8 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Audi A3 1998 1.8 5V Turbo quattro 4x4 Jan 1998 — Sep 2000

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds

1.8 Petrol 180 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5) All wheel
Audi A3 1996 1.9 TDI

Most fuel efficient diesel version

1.9 Diesel 90 HP 4.9 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Audi A3 1996 1.9 TDI 1.9 Diesel 90 HP 6.2 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Audi A3 1997 1.9 TDI Jan 1997 — Sep 2000

Most powerfull diesel version (110 HP)
Most fuel efficient diesel version

1.9 Diesel 110 HP 4.9 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Audi A3 1997 1.9 TDI Jan 1997 — Sep 2000

Most powerfull diesel version (110 HP)

1.9 Diesel 110 HP 6.2 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel

Audi A3 prices

Audi A3 1996 - 2000 hatchback price in Latvia is from 500 € to 1800 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles Audi A3 price is above average (compare hatchbacks 1996 - 2000 prices).

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
Audi A3 2000 price 800 € 1200 € 1800 €
Audi A3 1999 price 800 € 1100 € 1500 €
Audi A3 1998 price 700 € 1100 € 1500 €
Audi A3 1997 price 500 € 800 € 1200 €
Audi A3 1996 price 500 € 800 € 1100 €

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Audi A3 reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service Audi A3 reliability is above average. In the roadworthiness tests in 2011 defects were detected in an average of 23.2 percent of Audi A3 of this generation (on average 13 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 26%.

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Audi A3 1996 8L hatchback features (options)

Percentage of Audi A3 with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
66%
Climate control
64%
Metallic paint
53%
Adjustable steering wheel
49%
Heated seats
11%

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Audi A3 reviews

Total 23 Audi A3 owner reviews

Audi A3 2000 Hatchback Diesel 1.9 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2017 (age of car 17 years) Owned for:20`000 kilometers (1 year)
Average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres per 100km (90% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 340 € (~ 340 € per year)
Total car rating:
9
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