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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Audi A3 (12-) Sportback
7 reader reviews for Audi A3 Sportback.
  • 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 5dr

    Rick Middleton , . Date: 18/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    Company car user ~ £27k budget, 2 kids to drive around occasionally, my second car is much larger.

    A3 184 tdi Sline - it's rapid, the interior is a great place to be be, the handling is sublime.

    After a spin in a showroom vehicle I opted to deselect the sports susp FOC. It doesn't ruin the aesthetics it sits 10-15mm higher on the suspension. It's supple on the road with flat minimal roll in the corners, and doesn't ruin the excellent feedback back from the gorgeous steering wheel. Unless you have the reactions of Carlos Sienz along with a reason to use the sports suspension on our heavily congested pot holed roads, I think you just end up less comfortable. Critisisms, I find the exterior conservative the Sline tweaks are too subtle, if they just accentuated an angle here or dimension there by 10pc, I think it be more appealing.Road noise not great.

    Everyone's different and alternative USP's will appeal, some enjoy cars and don't get a choice,I feel for for them. Some Fleet managers eyes twinkle when can report to their accountants they get economies of scale from buying a homogenised batch of Mondeos / insignia / passat's. Whilst they are fine cars, to many they represent the McDonald's choice of motoring and loathe them. For some out there in the 100k + / annum club, vehicle choice can be a genuine enhancement to their employment.

    Alternatives, Leon FR, SKoda VRS, estates available, practicality with same slingshot engine. V40 R Design, 190BHP with sub 100g emis

  • 2.0 TDI 150 S line 5dr

    Timothy Pitt , West Sussex . Date: 02/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    Owned this car for 3 months. Good points: build quality, engine efficiency and performance, some of the tech, e.g. tells you where the nearest petrol station is when low on fuel. Daytona looks great. Bad Points: wheel roar - this is serious and detracts from enjoying the car. Mine has standard suspension but on any but the smoothest roads the tyre noise can be quite overpowering. I strongly recommend taking an S-Line model for a proper test drive before buying. Extras worth having in my view: upgraded speaker system if you feel the Bose is not worth the money - helps hide the road noise!, folding wing mirrors - passenger side dips down when you reverse and you can look back when leaving the car to check that it is locked as they will have folded flush, auto lights/wipers - should have specced the Comfort Pack for little extra. The SD satellite Nav system is OK but hardly worth the £450! The readout is a bit crude and blocky but it does work. The ride settings (standard) are as waste of time in my view as I just keep it on 'Auto' and can see very little between the other settings. Audi should have put the money elsewhere into the car. Problems to date: the electric fan stays on for several minutes even after the car has been on a short journey but has warmed up. Drivers wiper annoyingly clonks against the screen frame - again can be drowned out by the audio! Overall: I can see why this car has received praise but if I was buying again I would get the Sport with Xenons.

  • 2.0 TDI 184 quattro Sport 5dr

    Andy McGowan , . Date: 22/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    Correction on the model - I have the S-Line version of the 184 Diesel Quattro I've now had the car for 50 days (~2000 miles). My previous car was a the previous A3 diesel Quattro model. My key requirement was a diesel Quattro because of the enhanced road holding and hence safety when you are on the road for long periods with sensible running costs.

    The new model has lots of toys which ease the journeys. The sat nav is good but lacks some useful information such as speed cameras as is often the case with built in SatNav. The standard phone kit is probably all that you need except for the grip of having to pay an additional £25 for an iPhone 5 connector. The music system with DAB radio is pretty good although some classical pieces sound a little 'tinny'. It is very comfortable for the driver and there is plenty of room in the back for growing teenage boys.

    I would not have chosen the s-tronic gear box but that's all that's available, that said it has few of the draw backs of standard automatics and the 184 engine is very responsive whenever anything is asked of it, so I'm not sure why anyone would buy the 1.8 petrol... The computer tells me that it will average about 50mpg on long trips and overall about 43mpg, about 1mpg less than the outgoing model.

    Boot space is compromised a little by the spare wheel (unlike the old model) but this can be lifted out and replaced by an emergency tin making the boot space reasonable.

    In short, I'm very pleased with it!

  • 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 5dr

    Kevan Hughes , . Date: 27/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    A3 Sportback 1.4 TSi Auto 9000 mile update - still liking driving the car but could do with more internal storage space. Oil change indictor tells me it's for a service visit. This tells me that the car isn't thrashed or drive only around town, in fact, it's a good mix of urban, rural & motorway, So, can someone tells me that it only gives 46mpg? Very poor!

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