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Cost & verdict

Price (on the road)

Β£21,810-Β£38,750

Target Price (cash)

Β£20,289-Β£36,005

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What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Adjustable lumbar support (on all models)
  • Deselect sports suspension (on S line trim)
  • Metallic paint

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

Β£221.94-Β£498.38/month

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Trim level

S3 Black Edition
We are yet to try out this variant
Black Edition
Based on S line trim, you get dark-coloured wheels and exterior trim, tinted rear windows and an upgraded stereo. It’s pricey, so we’d avoid it unless you’re sold on the looks.
E-Tron
Available only in five-door Sportback form, the e-tron is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid. It’s really expensive on paper, although most owners will lease the car or use its incredibly low CO2 emissions to get low benefit-in-kind tax bills. It comes with a decent standard equipment list for the money: sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, full-LED headlights and Audi Connect online connectivity are all included.
SE Technik
This takes the solid specification of SE trim and adds sat-nav and a different design of 16in alloy wheel. It’s available only with diesel engines, but it&#39;s a no-brainer if you&#39;re a company car driver.
S3
The high-performance S3 is a model in its own right, with a powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and acceleration times that wouldn’t disgrace many a supercar. It gets 18in alloy wheels, lowered and stiffened suspension, a revised steering set-up, full-leather upholstery, heated front seats, a bodykit and aluminium-look door mirrors as standard.
S Line
S line trim is focused on sporty looks; you get even larger wheels (18in), a bodykit, xenon 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.
Sport
Upgrading from SE to Sport brings 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front sports seats, aluminium exterior and interior trim and a sports leather steering wheel as standard. If you&#39;re buying privately, we reckon this is the trim to go for.
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Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

166.2-72.4 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

103-38 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

F-C

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1220 litres

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