Audi A3 review

Category: Family car

Section: Introduction

Audi A3 Sportback 2021 front right tracking
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 front right tracking
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 rear tracking
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 front tracking
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 right static
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 rear left static
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 front cornering
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior driver display
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior detail
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 boot open
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 front right tracking
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 rear tracking
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 front tracking
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 right static
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 rear left static
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 front cornering
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior driver display
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior detail
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

If your first thought when you see the Audi A3 Sportback is “Lamborghini Countach”, you’re either standing very far away from it or are part of Audi’s car design team.

You see, they quote the angular Italian supercar as one of the inspirations for the looks of this family hatchback. Taking the marketing spiel with a pinch of salt, it’s clear that the A3 Sportback's designers generally chose evolution, rather than revolution.

FAQs

  • The latest Audi A3 didn’t feature in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but the previous-generation (2013-2020) A3 finished joint 13th out of 29 models in the family car class. Audi has a less than stellar record, coming 18th out of 30 car makers. That’s ahead of Jaguar and Mercedes, but behind BMW, Lexus and Tesla. Read more here

  • While you can’t get the Audi A3 as a fully electric car, there are a couple of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models: the 40 TFSIe and 45 TFSIe. The former is our pick of the A3 range, because it delivers punchy performance and can officially cover up to 40 miles on electric power alone. This makes it a very cheap company car choice. Read more here

  • We recommend the 40 TFSIe engine with Sport trim, which is reasonably priced and comes with a long list of equipment. Highlights include 17in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, built-in sat-nav, and Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) and a lane-departure warning system. Read more here

  • Upgrading the Audi A3 from Sport to S line trim brings a sportier look inside and out, with 18in (rather than 17in) alloy wheels, a muscular bodykit, darkened privacy glass and more heavily bolstered front seats. Read more here

  • Everything is controlled through a touchscreen, which is more distracting to use on the move than the physical control dial in the BMW 1 Series. However, Audi’s system does at least offer intuitive menus and quick responses. It also helps that you can operate many functions using steering wheel-mounted buttons linked to the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display directly in front of the driver. Read more here

  • Most versions of the Audi A3 have a 380-litre boot, which is big enough for five carry-on suitcases and matches the capacity of the BMW 1 Series. However, like equivalent versions of the 1 Series, PHEV A3s have a significantly smaller capacity (280 litres in the case of the A3; 310 litres in the 1 Series) because the boot floor needs to be higher to accommodate the battery below it. Read more here

At a glance
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Target Price from £24,450
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RRP price range £25,495 - £47,905
Number of trims (see all)8
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, petrol, diesel
MPG range across all versions 217.3 - 61.4
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £493 / £3,471
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £985 / £6,942
Available colours