I recently enjoyed an unforgettable blind date.
A date with a difference. A date that lasted for two blissful days.
My thanks goes to Adabisc and Audi Qatar, for the setting me up with a test drive (more like a test weekend drive) with the new addition to Qatar’s Audi range: the A3 S-line.
The moment I spotted my Scuba Blue Metallic it was love at first sight.
Audis, unlike its other German counterparts are understated in overall design language and this is what sets them apart. They’ve found their way of incorporating DRL’s LED lights to create an important distinct design feature. The tail lights with their border are an example of their unique design language.
And the interior?
The seating was low and firm, and the steering is very traditional, which you’ll find across the range – thick with a matt finish and it easily facilitates a full hand grip. Highlights of the A3 S-Line were a sunroof, Audi MMI, Leather seats, rear-view parking camera and of course the S-Tronic transmission.
Talking about the MMI, with the retractable screen, other reviews have said that navigating through the menu is tricky. I would say that the reason it’s a little difficult to get your head around at first is that all the options that are available are through different buttons. This requires using both the left and right brain with hand and eye co-ordination. Having said that it didn’t take me too long to understand the UI. The CD drive was hard to locate near the A/C panel (since it was hidden in the glove box along with the SD card slot). Connecting the phone is very easy, but setting up a radio station isn’t.
I had a brief encounter of being driven in the back seat as a passenger and found that it’s pretty comfortable back there too. AC vents at the back of the centre console ensure you are kept cool even in the midday heat.
The highlight of this car though lies in the drive.
I found myself volunteering to run errands just so that I could get back in the car and hear that engine roar.
Every ride felt exciting. Even the grocery run.
The sleek design and quick engine made me feel fully equipped to Doha’s erratic driving conditions – I could weave in and out of lanes with relative ease and easily avoid those ever-present unpredictable drivers.
I said goodbye to my date with a heavy heart, but I’m hoping that there’ll be more exciting adventures to be had with the Audi Qatar team soon.