<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Karcsi:
<strong>The Leon would be about 6 grand cheaper. But it is a bit old hat. The A3 will have the new platform and the new engine. And in terms of interior design and quality, it will be second to none.
I'm afraid that despite the logic behind buying another VW Group car, I like the idea of the four rings on the front. It's also more solid looking, and the options list is longer.
I considered the Golf. But they are too many about, bit lardy, and the design is quite old (the door frames just remind me of cars of the 80's - the Bora even more.)
Sorry DengKao. That link gave no information at all (no pictures either)
When it comes to the Alfa, their are three things which I fear will let it down:
reliability and dealer quality
How has your's been going? I suppose the only two you can comment on is reliability (quality of the fit and finish) and fuel consumption. The Audi will return 50mpg (5.5l/100km) almost no matter how you drive it. And the torque is phenomenal. Can the same be said of the Alfa I wonder?</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">In a recent test they drove the new 2.0 Tdi engine in an Touran, but they came nowhere near the specified consumption. That car ran about 13 km on 1 litre fuel.
The alfa should do about 16 km per litre (my average consumption over the last 10000 km is about 1/16.2, this is driving moderately fast - 130/150 on the moterway). Still no 50 mpg, but if you're going to use that 140 hp, you won't get that milage with any engine. The alfa engine should be the more refined one.
The only valid argument would indeed be reliability, although I haven't had any complaints in the 2 months I own the car.