The Audi A3 (and its five-door stablemate, the A3 Sportback) is the very definition of a well-rounded, well-priced premium 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 every year since.
It's not hard to see why, either. Whether you choose three or five doors, you get strong refinement from a line-up of punchy, economical turbocharged engines, and a beautifully built interior that’s practical enough for most everyday needs.
To cap it all, the A3’s three-year running costs are lower than those of much of the mainstream opposition, helped by rock-solid resale values.
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 takes all their mechanical benefits, including those excellent engines, and adds a level of sophistication that few other models can match.
Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know about the Audi A3, including our recommendations for the best trim level and engine to choose.