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Audi A3 35 TFSI SE Technik 5dr Review

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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: SE Technik

This has a solid specification, including 16in alloy wheels, air-con, xenon headlights and a 7.0in infotainment system with sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth. It’s a no-brainer if you're a company car driver looking for reasonable company car tax.

Engine: 1.5 TFSI

This 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine can shut down half of its cylinders when cruising to save fuel, and it'll return decent real-world MPG. It's also flexible enough to pull briskly from 1500rpm all the way to its redline, so you won't feel short-changed for performance, plus it's relatively smooth, too.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.2 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

53.3

Urban: 41.5Motorway: 62.8
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

121

g/km

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