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Audi A3 Sportback

What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

We haven't yet driven this version of the Audi A3 Sportback, but as soon as we do, our verdict will appear here.

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Key facts

8.6 secs
Top speed
135 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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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's gutsy enough to let you enjoy the A3’s agile handling.

There is also an e-tron model, which offers a pure electric range of 30 miles before the 1.4 petrol engine kicks in. It makes sense only for company car users, though.

Diesel engines range from a 108bhp 1.6 to a 181bhp 2.0-litre. The 1.6 emits just 99g/km of CO2, so brings low company car tax bills. All the diesels are smooth and flexible, but our favourite is the 148bhp 2.0.

There are three trims, each with a different suspension setting: SE, lowered Sport and the lower-still S line. The SE’s suspension provides the best balance of comfort and control, and you can specify it at no extra cost with every trim level.

SE trim 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 Sportback 1.6 TDI 110 SE 5dr

Awful car, sluggish, clunky and heavy use of plastic on the interior. Not worth the price. Would recommend paying a little more and look at the A4. …

Martin Eley

2 out of 5 stars

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI 300 quattro S3 5dr

Slight edit to the vehicle type - this review is for the S3 8P2 Black Edition (2010 model - 261 bhp (stock)) The build quality is excellent - the…

Neil Mackinnon

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 5dr

Have had this car for over 3 months and have on the whole been extremely happy with it. It is an extremely well made car, I’ve found the petrol…

DJ Bensen

5 out of 5 stars

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI 184 quattro Sport 5dr

This is my first ever Audi, my last car was a BMW X3 3ltr M Sport, so I was quite apprehensive about the change. However, my wife wanted a car that…

Brian Tetley

4 out of 5 stars
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