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.
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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 15 Audi A3 versions available
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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:
Plenty of showroom appeal but actually driving it has been quite a disappointment. Far too easy to spin the front wheels - traction control is almost…
After 18 miserable months with my 320d x drive, 4 months with the A3 - bliss. Could not recommend it highly enough - try one
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…
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…