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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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There are 11 Audi A3 versions available

Saloon 1.4 TFSI 140 ACT Sport 4dr £22,825
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 Sport 4dr £22,925
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
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 140 ACT S line 4dr £24,975
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 S line 4dr £25,075
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
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 £27,565
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 180 quattro S line 4dr £29,715
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- and 1.8-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 1.4 TFSI 140 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

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