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Audi A3 30 TDI 116 Black Edition 5dr S Tronic Review

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Review

It's amazing to think that the Audi A3 Sportback is one of the oldest cars in its class, yet still proves to be an outstanding all-rounder. True, some rivals are less expensive, but the A3's higher initial cost will be partially offset by its strong resale value. The Mercedes A-Class runs the A3 close in many respects, but ultimately this is still our pick of the premium family car contenders. If you're looking for practicality and aren't a badge snob, though, then the Skoda Octavia is both spacious and cheap.

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Trim: Black Edition

Based on S line trim, you get dark-coloured wheels and exterior trim, tinted rear windows and an upgraded stereo. It’s pricey, so we’d avoid it unless you’re sold on the looks.

Engine: 1.6 TDI 116

This is one of the best engines (now badged 30 TDI) in the line-up for CO2 emissions making it an appealing choice for company car drivers; just remember the four per cent benefit-in-kind diesel surcharge though. It’s also smooth enough most of the time and has enough low-down punch for comfortable motorway cruising. Comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but can be had with a seven-speed auto 'box.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.4 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

70.6

Urban: 65.7Motorway: 74.3
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

105

g/km

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