Overall rating

Audi A3 Hatchback review

Manufacturer price from:£21,810
What Car? Target Price:£20,289
So you’ll save at least £1,521, but if you ask for a quote you’re likely to get a much bigger discount.
Search new A3 deals
Audi A3 Hatchback
27 Jul 2017 9:0 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 10:49

In this review

Overall rating

What Car? says...

The three-door Audi A3 Sportback may just be the very definition of well-rounded family hatchbacks. Indeed, it has such a breadth of talent that it was our 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 plenty of practicality to boot. There's also a line-up of punchy yet economical turbocharged engines to choose from.

The A3 is built on the same underpinnings as many other Volkswagen Group models, including the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, but it does cost a bit more to buy. Just remember, though, that you could save yourself thousands by checking out our new car deals here.

For now, if you simply want to learn more about the A3, keep with us over the next few pages for our comprehensive review.

open the gallery19 Images
Inside?
There are 7 trims available for the A3 Hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
E-Tron
Available only in five-door Sportback form, the e-tron model 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 C...View trim
Fuel Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid
New from
£32,713
Save £3,751 from RRP
View Trim
S3 Black Edition
Adds a B&O Play premium sound system, rear privacy glass, black door mirrors and magnesium-look 18in alloy wheels, plus other styling upgrades to the standard S3 spec...View trim
Fuel Petrol
New from
£34,711
Save £2,643 from RRP
View 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 sta...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
New from
£23,354
Save £1,760 from RRP
View Trim
SE Technik
This has a solid specification, including 16in alloy wheels, air-con, xenon headlights and a 7.0in infotainment system with sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth. It’s a no-brainer if you're a company c...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
New from
£20,288
Save £1,521 from RRP
View Trim
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...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
New from
£24,606
Save £1,858 from RRP
View Trim
OUR PICK
Sport
Upgrading from SE Technik 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...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
New from
£21,360
Save £1,604 from RRP
View Trim
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, l...View trim
Fuel Petrol
New from
£33,273
Save £2,531 from RRP
View Trim