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For The Audi A3 comes with strong, efficient engines, and it strikes an excellent balance between comfort and control on SE suspension. The cabin is beautifully built and resale values are high.

Against Prices are also high and the S tronic dual-clutch gearbox is disappointingly jerky.

Audi A3 Hatchback
55 5stars

The Audi A3 is good to drive and fantastic to sit in. It’s one of the best premium hatchbacks you can buy.

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There are 24 Audi A3 versions available

Hatchback 1.2 TFSI 110 SE 3dr £18,280 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TFSI 110 Sport 3dr £19,505 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 3dr £19,580
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 150 SE ACT 3dr £20,430
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 SE 3dr £20,530
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 125 Sport 3dr £20,805
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TFSI 110 S line 3dr £21,655 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport ACT 3dr £21,655
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 Sport 3dr £21,755
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 SE 3dr £21,880
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 125 S line 3dr £22,955
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 Sport 3dr £23,105
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TFSI 180 Sport 3dr £23,430
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TFSI 150 S line ACT 3dr £23,805
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 S line 3dr £23,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 Sport 3dr £24,375
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 S line 3dr £25,255
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TFSI 180 S line 3dr £25,580
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TFSI 180 quattro Sport 3dr £26,360
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 S line 3dr £26,525
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 quattro Sport 3dr £27,285
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TFSI 180 quattro S line 3dr £28,510
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 quattro S line 3dr £29,435
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TFSI 300 quattro S3 3dr £30,640
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

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

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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