Audi A3 review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior infotainment
  • 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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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Audi A3 Sportback carries a slight price premium over equivalent versions of the BMW 1 Series but it's a little cheaper than the Mercedes A-Class. It should hold on to a much higher percentage of its list price after three years, which means its PCP finance deals tend to be more competitive. Check out our New Car Buying service for the latest offers.

Officially, the A3's engines deliver fuel economy and CO2 emissions in line with its rivals. The 35 TFSI petrol (with a manual gearbox) averaged a very respectable 42.5mpg in our real-world test – that’s a lot better than the BMW 118i. Unsurprisingly, the diesels are more efficient and they are RDE2 compliant, so company car users won't have to pay the 4% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax diesel surcharge. 

Equipment, options and extras

The entry-level Technik trim represents the best value overall, giving you cruise control, air-conditioning, power-folding door mirrors, 16in alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. It also comes with the infotainment package, parking and safety aids we've already mentioned.

Go up to Sport and you get dual-zone climate control, a part-leather/ part-faux leather interior and 17in wheels. S line brings 18in alloys, privacy glass, dynamic indicators, sportier styling touches and front sports seats, while Vorsprung has every option ticked, but it is expensive.

Audi A3 Sportback 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Overview

There's no doubt the latest Audi A3 isn't as well finished inside or as polished overall as the previous model, but it still rates well against the premium competition of the day, which includes the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class. The A3 is comfortable, enjoyable to drive, has space for the family and a range of punchy petrol, diesel and hybrid engines. We recommend the 40 TFSIe for its electric range, low company car tax and performance. It’s one of the best plug-ins out there and a fine car in its own right.

  • Sharp handling
  • Excellent driving position
  • Strong and frugal engines, including the excellent plug-in hybrid
  • Interior quality is good but could be better
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Audi's unimpressive reliability record
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