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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 24 Audi A3 versions available

Sportback 1.2 TFSI 110 SE 5dr £18,900
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.2 TFSI 110 Sport 5dr £20,125
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 5dr £20,200
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 150 SE ACT 5dr £21,050
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £21,150
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 125 Sport 5dr £21,425
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.2 TFSI 110 S line 5dr £22,275
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport ACT 5dr £22,275
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 105 Sport 5dr £22,375
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 1.4 TFSI 125 S line 5dr £23,575
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 Sport 5dr £23,725
What Car? says:5 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 £24,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.6 TDI 105 S line 5dr £24,525
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 £27,145
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

Buyer's notes

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:

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

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 S line 5dr

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…

Timothy Pitt

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI 184 quattro Sport 5dr

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…

Andy McGowan

5 out of 5 stars

Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI 125 SE 5dr

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…

Kevan Hughes

1 out of 5 stars
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