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Used Audi A3 hatchback 2013-2020 review

Category: Family car

Section: Advice for buyers

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Used Audi A3 hatchback 2013-2020 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Audi A3 hatchback?

Bodywork

Not all versions of the Audi A3 came with parking sensors, so check the bumpers and body panels for dents and scratches. Also, watch out for poor quality paint repairs, because any substandard work will void the bodywork warranty and could lead to potential rust problems.

Rear head restraint

Poor welds attaching the rear headrest to the rear backrest of some A3s manufactured between 20 May 2018 and 2 September 2018 posed a safety issue. Affected cars had to have the whole backrest replaced, so check with your dealer that this has been done.

DPF

All diesel models will come equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that’s designed to trap soot from the exhaust then burn it off later. If the DPF light comes on, you must take the vehicle on a longer drive at a higher speed to clear the filter.

Is a used Audi A3 hatchback reliable?

The Audi A3 finished in 22nd place out of 37 cars in the family car class in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey