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.
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The Audi A3 Sportback is an outstanding car in almost every respect – it's a superb buy.
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There are 24 Audi A3 versions available
Target Price team says:
Petrol buyers can choose between 1.4- and 1.8-litre turbo engines, but the 1.4 is our favourite. It keeps the price reasonable and is gutsy enough to let you enjoy the A3’s agile handling.
There are also two diesel engines: a 148bhp 2.0-litre and a 103bhp 1.6. The smaller of the two emits just 99g/km of CO2, so it attracts temptingly low company car tax bills.
Both diesels are smooth and flexible, but if you can stretch to it we’d recommend the 2.0 for its punchier power delivery.
There are three trims, each with a different suspension setting: SE, lower Sport and lower-still S line. For us, the SE’s suspension provides the best balance of comfort and control, and the good news is that you can specify it at no extra cost with every trim level.
SE trim undoubtedly 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:
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…
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…
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…
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…