What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Drives as well as a VW Golf, but dearer

Against Can be expensive to buy and own

Verdict Looks classy and has a drive to match

Go for… 1.6 FSI SE

Avoid… 1.6 Sport three-door

Audi A3 Hatchback
  • 1. Some owners report that the DSG transmission is too jerky
  • 2. Boot is well shaped and fairly generous
  • 3. Suspension on Sport models leads to an over-firm ride, so these models are best avoided
  • 4. The steering isn't as sharp as a BMW's, so it will disappoint keen drivers
  • 5. Seats on Sport models are said by some to be too hard, so make sure you can live with them
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