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The Audi A3 Sportback is the very definition of a well-rounded family hatchback. It was the overall What Car? Car of the Year in 2013, and has remained a consistent price-point winner in our awards ever since.
It's not hard to see why. You get a beautifully built interior that’s spacious enough for the needs of most small families and the practicality of five doors. There's also a line-up of punchy, economical turbocharged engines to choose from.
The Audi A3 is built on the same underpinnings as many other Volkswagen Group models, including the VW Golf and the Skoda Octavia, but it does cost a bit more to buy. Is it worth the extra? Read on over the next few pages to find out.