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Journeys : April May 2009
service that keeps you moving. convenient mobile AUDI A3 TFSI SPORTBACK E ver wondered what the four rings symbolise? Audi is one of Germany’s RACT Battery Service – Membership Benefit • Free mobile installation service – you only pay for the battery itself • We come to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from most RACT branches, RACT agents and Approved Repairers statewide • High quality, fully sealed, maintenance-free batteries • 3 year nationwide warranty on all premium range batteries • RACT actively recycles your old battery – giving the environment a hand • Competitively priced Call 13 27 22 oldest vehicle manufacturers. The four rings emblem represents the amalgamation in 1932 of four previously-independent vehicle manufacturers: Audi, Wanderer, DKW and Horch. So combine all those clever Germans and 70 odd years of manufacturing, and is it any wonder you end up with a excellent result? Yep, the Germans can certainly build a beautiful car. We were lucky enough recently to drive of the A3 Cabriolet. And there really is something special about the open-top driving experience – wind in your hair and the sun on your face – personally, a messed up hair-do and wrinkles are the last thing I need, but the drive was sensational. This time our drive was in the A3 1.4 TFSI Attraction turbo-petrol Sportback with a seven-speed S-tronic automatic transmission – maybe somewhat more practical for our fickle weather anyway. It’s a 5-door hatchback that will safely and comfortably seat five people, thanks to head restraints and three-point seat belts for all five seats. The Sportback also boasts driver and front passenger airbags with side airbags at the front and curtain airbags for front and rear passengers. All this is teamed with Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), making your little Audi very safe indeed. www.ract.com.au 26 April / May 09 The level of interior comfort is outstanding, with tilt and telescopic steering wheel, front-centre armrest, dual climate control, electric windows and mirrors, driver information system, remote central locking and a decent-sized driver’s footrest, which Batteries' RACT She says… Lindy George I never use, but Hubby really appreciated. Our test car also had the optional ($2250 extra) Comfort Package, giving us leather seats, Audi parking system and Bluetooth function. We were also spoilt with Audi Park Assist ($1750 extra). I have to admit that I wasn’t game to attempt it without first consulting the manual, which hadn’t been supplied to us. Anyway ‘He’ being male and therefore not reliant upon reading instructions, managed to figure it out. And now that I know how to use it, parallel parking is so much fun, I could spend all day doing it. The A3 Sportback is an ideal family car – small and economical around the city (5.8l/100km), yet an adequate size for road trips. It has plenty of room inside and the boot is large – due somewhat to the space-saver spare wheel. Our cream leather interior, while very nice, could prove a little impractical with young children – you may have to ban the use of textas and crayons! Like all Audis, it is beautifully-built, feels solid as a rock – love it when the doors go ‘thud’ instead of ‘tink’. It’s smooth to drive, handles superbly and is very quiet on road – and oh, yes – it looks great. ANCAP Rating: Not Tested Green Vehicle Rating: ? ? ? ? 6253
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