The modelRead full review
There's no doubt the latest Audi A3 isn't as well finished inside or as polished overall as the previous model, but it still rates well against the premium competition of the day, which includes the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class. The A3 is comfortable, enjoyable to drive, has space for the family and a range of punchy petrol, diesel and hybrid engines. We recommend the 40 TFSIe for its electric range, low company car tax and performance. It’s one of the best plug-ins out there and a fine car in its own right.
The trimSee full equipment
S line trim is focused on sporty looks; you get even larger wheels (18in), a bodykit, LED headlights, privacy glass, dynamic indicators and sports seats. You also get stiffer sports suspension as standard, although luckily you can revert to regular suspension for no extra charge for a smoother ride.
The engineSee full engine specs
This 109bhp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol is fine if you don't tend to travel with your car loaded up and mainly potter around town. It'll tackle motorways, too, but you need to rev it out and drop gears more often than you would with the more powerful 35 TFSI, which isn't that much pricier or less efficient. The 30 TFSI will officially average more than the 50mpg and crack 0-62mph in 10.6sec.
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