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Used Audi A3 Hatchback 2013-present review

Used Audi A3 13-present
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29 Aug 2017 15:15 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 12:09

What alternatives should I consider to a used Audi A3 hatchback?

The family hatchback class is a crowded and hotly contested one, and there are many serious alternatives to the Audi A3.

The most obvious is the Volkswagen Golf. This is the archetypal small family car and undisputed long-term king of the hatchbacks. Because it shares most of its running gear with the A3, the Golf has the advantage of offering nearly everything the Audi does but at a reduced premium. It also comes with a similar range of engines and several trim levels to suit all tastes. What the Golf lacks is class, but you might think that's a price worth paying.

The Ford Focus has always impressed us for its practicality nearly as much as its driver appeal. That said, the most recent versions haven’t impressed us as much as the earlier ones, and the A3 (and indeed the Golf) are both nicer cars to be in and also better to drive.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Audi A3 hatchback?

Another small hatchback with a desirable badge is the BMW 1 Series. It’s certainly less practical than the A3, with limited rear room and a small boot, but the fact that it's rear-wheel drive means it stands out in this class and might make it more appealing to keen drivers.

Similarly, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a premium-feeling hatch, but one that is let down by its inferior driving dynamics, surprisingly poor refinement and relatively small interior.

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Used Audi A3 13-present
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Verdict

The Audi A3 is an outstanding all-rounder, although some rivals are better value for money

  • Strong engines
  • Beautifully finished interior
  • Great to drive
  • Expensive to buy
  • Firm low-speed ride
  • Lower trims sparsely equipped