Audi stole the show at the 2013 What Car? Awards last night (January 9th), with its A3 Sportback winning the prestigious Car of the Year prize.
Upon already seeing its ever-reliable vehicle pick up the Small Family Car of the Year honour at the awards ceremony, those at Audi were sent into a state of euphoria by taking home What Car?'s greatest accolade of the year.
In fact, Martin Sander, director of Audi UK, pointed out: "The A3 has never before faced such formidable competition, so the category win for this all-new car is in itself an achievement to be incredibly proud of.
"To win the overall Car of the Year Award is something else entirely though – this great honour marks the car out as something truly special in the eyes of UK car buyers, and is of course also highly prized by all of us at Audi."
There are plenty of aspects with the Audi A3 Sportback which allows the vehicle to stand out from every other car on the market today.
For example, the fact that the German car giant offers a wide variety of suspension permutations – ranging from the basic rear suspension setup and carrying through to a fully independent rear end – assures the A3 Sportback is always a fun vehicle to drive.
Meanwhile, every version of the family car is impressively refined at a steady cruise, with the only slight noise coming from around the door mirrors.
By making the A3 Sportback's manual gearshift slick and installing positively weighted clutch and brake pedals onto the vehicle, Audi has ensured that every drive in this car is a relaxing and comfortable experience.
Chas Hallet, editor-in-chief at What Car?, was keen to add: "The Audi A3 Sportback mixes excellent refinement and an accomplished driving experience with easily the finest cabin quality ever seen in a small family hatchback.
"It sets a new benchmark and it is keenly priced, a combination that makes it a worthy Car of the Year."
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