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For The A3 Sportback comes with strong, efficient engines, and it strikes an excellent balance between comfort and control on SE suspension. The cabin is beautifully built, with plenty of space for four and a useful-sized boot.

Against It isn’t particularly cheap, the low-speed ride is a shade firm and rear visibility isn’t what it might be.

Audi A3 Sportback
55 5stars

The Audi A3 Sportback is an outstanding car in almost every respect – it's a superb buy.

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There are 25 Audi A3 versions available

Sportback 1.2 TFSI 110 SE 5dr £19,195 TBA
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 5dr £20,495
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.2 TFSI 110 Sport 5dr £20,595 TBA
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 150 SE ACT 5dr £21,345
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 110 SE 5dr £21,445
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 125 Sport 5dr £21,895
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr £22,500
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.2 TFSI 110 S line 5dr £22,745 TBA
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport ACT 5dr £22,745
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 110 Sport 5dr £22,845
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 Sport 5dr £23,725
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 125 S line 5dr £24,045
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.8 TFSI 180 Sport 5dr £24,050
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 150 S line ACT 5dr £24,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 110 S line 5dr £24,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 184 Sport 5dr £24,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 S line 5dr £25,875
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.8 TFSI 180 S line 5dr £26,200
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.8 TFSI 180 quattro Sport 5dr £26,980
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 184 S line 5dr £27,615
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 184 quattro Sport 5dr £27,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.8 TFSI 180 quattro S line 5dr £29,130
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 184 quattro S line 5dr £30,055
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TFSI 300 quattro S3 5dr £31,260
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI e-tron 5dr £34,950
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

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 only really makes sense 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 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

Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 5dr

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…

Rick Middleton

4 out of 5 stars
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