Audi A3 40 TDI 184 Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [Tech] 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: S Line

S line trim is focused on sporty looks; you get even larger wheels (18in), a bodykit, LED headlights, part-leather upholstery and aluminium interior inlays. You get stiffer sports suspension as standard, although luckily you can revert to regular suspension for no extra charge for a smoother ride.

Engine: 40 TDI 184 Quattro

This more potent version of the 2.0-litre diesel is offered only in Sport and S line trim levels, so you have to pay a fair amount for it. It brings a bit more mid-range shove, but it’s not worth the extra cash over the 2.0 TDI 150. Comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but can also be had with a seven-speed auto 'box.

Key information

0-62 MPH6.8 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Urban: N/AMotorway: N/A
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating