For The engine delivers spirited performance and keeps purchase prices and running costs surprisingly competitive. SE trim comes with most of what you need.

Against Some key rivals are cheaper and come with more luxury kit.

Audi A3 Hatchback

What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

For us, this is the best A3. It delivers all the power and kit you need, all at a reasonable price. The desirable badge and gorgeous cabin make it even more appealing.

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Key facts

9.2 secs
Top speed
128 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Petrol buyers can choose between 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0-litre turbo engines, but the 1.4 is our favourite. It keeps the price reasonable and is gutsy enough to let you enjoy the A3’s agile handling.

Diesels are a 108bhp 1.6 and a 2.0-litre unit with either 148 or 181bhp. The 1.6 emits just 99g/km of CO2, so attracts temptingly low company car tax bills.

All the diesels are smooth and flexible, but if you can stretch to it we’d recommend the lower-powered 2.0 for its punchy power delivery.

There are three trims, each with a different suspension setting: SE, lower Sport and lower-still S line. For us, the SE’s suspension provides the best balance of comfort and control, and the good news is that you can specify it at no extra cost with every trim level.

SE trim undoubtedly offers the best value for money, too, but you might want to add one of two optional extras, such as automatic light and wipers and climate control.

Reader test team says:

Audi A3 Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 3dr

I have owned this car for just under 2 years now, having ordered the model as soon as it was officially released in July 2012. Overall, I'd say that…

Paul Casey

2 out of 5 stars

Audi A3 Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 3dr

Bought this to replace my 2.0 petrol VW Scirocco (uninsurable for my 17 year old son!). Have found it surprisingly nippy for a 1.4 engine, and it zips…

KEITH pollard

5 out of 5 stars
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