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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
10 reader reviews for Audi A3 Sportback.
  • 2.0 TFSI 300 quattro S3 5dr

    Neil Mackinnon , . Date: 21/11/2014
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    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 interior finish is first class and really is a nice place to be. I went for the two tone leather sport seats, panoramic sunroof, BOSE symphony stereo, comfort pack, interior light pack(why is this not standard?!) and I do rate the cabin as one of the best for this class of car. The ergonomics at the wheel really suit me and long journeys are completed with barely an ache. All the switches are clear and concise and within easy reach. The 6 speed manual 'box in my model is well geared and responsive enough to never be an issue - but in a straight sprint, the autobox will beat the manual and in the future I would go for the S tronic - it's that good! Performance is fantastic, however, and I strongly recommend this to anyone thinking of getting an S3, get the car a Stage 1 remap - trust me on this. It is pound for pound the best bang for your buck and requires no additional hardware. Now sitting about 315 bhp, my older model is just as quick as the latest S3. The 0-60 sprint, with zero wheel spin regardless of the road conditions, is a joy. The ride is great and the car eats up motorway miles and can destroy twisty back roads with equal ease. The steering lacks feel, however, and the whole experience is just a bit too competent to be really exiting. You will get from A to B faster than 90% of other drivers, but they may have more

  • 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 5dr

    DJ Bensen , London . Date: 01/11/2014
    • 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
      45

    My car

    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 engine to be almost hybrid-quiet at low speeds and the car is easy to use about town but also keen and responsive on country A roads. Feedback from the wheel is just right and the SE suspension is, to be honest, perfect. Unless you want the sportier look, the SE is certainly enough (although did have to add Cruise Control & Parking Sensors). I briefly had access to a BMW 5 Series last year and the cabin is as well designed, comfortable and premium as that which is impressive.

    Although I had to persuaded by my other half to do so, we went with the auto version and have been incredibly impressed by it, when desired you can pop it into a semi-auto mode but to be honest the ‘box is so efficient (especially around town) that I very rarely use it.

    My only criticisms are that the car is oddly laggy sometimes in 2nd gear when accelerating and also I’ve never achieved any better than 48mpg on a mix of town and motorway driving (and I’ve not got a heavy right foot by any means).

  • 2.0 TDI 184 quattro Sport 5dr

    Brian Tetley , Leics . Date: 06/09/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    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 was easier to get in and out of and thought a smaller car would suite better. The X3 was 0-62 in 5.9 so this is 2 seconds slower and feels it when overtaking, but it hugs the road and corners so much better. I had loads of extras and the highlights being the magnetic suspension, the MME IT system with the SIM card and sun roof. The car is very quiet, but with some road noise on rough surfaces. The magnetising suspension seem excellent as we have some really rough country roads and it iron the bumps out brilliantly. The car isn't run in fully yet, but I can easily get over 40mpg. I really had to try hard in X3 to get anyway near that on a run, this is around town. I had an hiccup with the ignition key, but this has been fixed so back driving car now and so far very happy.

  • 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

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