That A3 does look pretty clean. Glad he found something.
That's wacky about the GTI price.
Your friend did the right thing and just moved on.
My sister had an A3 like that, I drove all over Germany in an A3 like that, and I owned a MK6 GTI which is the same mechanically. Just a great, reliable, and very practical car that's nice to live with long term. Bonus is that the car purchased itt has the S-Line package which makes it a bit sportier. Good purchase.
Just looked up the 2013 A3 order guide. Bluetooth standard only on the Premium Plus, not the Premium. $600 option otherwise. Oh, Audi, never change.