Audi A3 35 TFSI Sport 5dr S Tronic Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £28,765What Car? Target Price£27,790
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.

Sport has the same infotainment system, LED headlights and rear parking sensors as the Technik trim, but adds 17in alloy wheels, leather seats, dual-zone climate control and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats.

The 1.5-litre 148bhp 35 TFSI petrol is our pick of the regular petrol- and diesel-only engines. It’s cheaper than the 35 TDI and 40 TFSIe but still gutsy throughout the rev range, pulling handsomely from around 2000rpm and spinning freely all the way to the engine's red line. In our testing it hit the magic 0-60mph time in a creditable 8.0sec (with a manual gearbox), and feels livelier than a BMW 118i. It also managed a test average of 42.5mpg.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.4 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

49.6

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

129

g/km

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