Our overall rating:
The Audi A3 (and its five-door stablemate, the 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, either. No matter if you choose three or five doors, you get a beautifully built interior that’s practical enough for the needs of most small families. 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 VW Group models, including the Volkswagen 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.