For The Audi 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 The Sportback isn’t particularly cheap, the low-speed ride is a shade firm and rear visibility isn’t what it might be.
What Car? says
We can only heap unreserved praise on the Audi A3 Sportback. It’s an outstanding car in every respect, a car that will enrich your life on a daily basis. That’s why it’s our Car of the Year for 2013.
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There are 21 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:
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