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.
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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
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:
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…
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…