Overall reader 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

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Audi A3 (12-) Sportback
12 reader reviews for Audi A3 Sportback.
  • 1.6 TDI 105 S line 5dr

    David Smith , Tyne and Wear . Date: 20/09/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    I've only had the Audi for 6 days but have already fallen in love with this car. It's absolutely stunning. The first thing you notice when you sit inside is the overwhelming brilliance of the cabin. All the materials are of outstanding quality and the controls are tactile and nicely laid out. I previously had a petrol engine so had some readjustments to make. This drive is also excellent and despite reviews about the ride quality of the lowered s-line suspension being hard, my opinion is that this is a small sacrifice to make for all the extras you get with this trim level. To be fair, it's nowhere near as hard as some of the expert reviewers make it out to be. Although its early days I would without any hesitation recommend this car to anyone who appreciates quality, combined with a refined drive and unrivalled manufacturer reputation.

  • 2.0 TDI 150 S line Nav 5dr

    Kenn Bertram , Tyne & Wear. . Date: 29/07/2015
    • 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

    My car

    I up dated my car from the Audi A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI to the A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI S-Line as we need more boot space and reduce to road tax. We got a good trade in for a got spec new car already in stock at the dealer. I am more than happy with the deal and the car. In the past I did own an A3 1.6 TDi sport convertible and I found that the new 2.0 TDi in both quick and economical. We have covered just over 2000 miles now and we have returned better than 50 mpg with mixed driving. Using the drive select does make a difference to the return. I am more than happy with the car so far and the way the dealer handled the sale.

  • 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).

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