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For The Audi A3 Saloon comes with strong, efficient engines and, as long as you deselect the standard Sport suspension, it strikes a fine balance between comfort and control. The cabin is beautifully built, with enough space for four and a good-sized boot.

Against The Saloon costs more than the A3 Sportback on which it’s based, despite having a less practical boot. Versions fitted with Sport or S line suspension ride too firmly.

Audi A3 Saloon
55 5stars

Viewed as a junior executive saloon, the Audi A3 Saloon makes a BMW 3 Series look positively overpriced. However, the cheaper A3 Sportback has broader appeal.

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4.5

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There are 11 Audi A3 versions available

Saloon 1.4 TFSI 150 ACT Sport 4dr £22,825
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 110 Sport 4dr £22,925 TBA
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 Sport 4dr £24,275
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 180 Sport 4dr £24,605
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.4 TFSI 150 ACT S line 4dr £24,975
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 110 S line 4dr £25,075 TBA
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 S line 4dr £26,425
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 180 S line 4dr £26,755
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 180 quattro Sport 4dr £27,530
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 180 quattro S line 4dr £29,680
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 300 quattro S3 4dr £33,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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

The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel is smooth and punchy, and with CO2 emissions of just 108g/km, it’s cleaner than any other executive saloon.

There are two trims: Sport and S line. Sport gets you all the kit you’re likely to want – including alloys, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth – but also gets something you probably don’t want: Sport suspension. The good news is you can specify a more comfortable setup for no extra charge – we’d certainly recommend doing this.

Reader test team says:

Audi A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 Sport 4dr

Took delivery of the cheapest model (1.4 petrol) in June 2014 (ordered December 2013 and had it for six weeks now) with only one optional extra; the…

Nick Joseph

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A3 Saloon 1.4 TFSI 150 ACT S line 4dr

I have only had my saloon for a month now and it is the 1.4 manual 6-speed version, which isn't listed in this section. I was very apprehensive about…

Chris Catt

5 out of 5 stars
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