What used Audi A3 hatchback will I get for my budget?
The A3 has been a consistently big seller for Audi, so there are plenty of examples on the used car market. There’s little to choose between the petrol and diesel versions, but there are more diesels about.
Prices start at around £6000 for an early car from 2013 with around 100,000 miles. Move up to £7000 and you can bag yourself either a three-door or five-door car with less than 100,000 miles from 2013 or 2014, with a good service history, bought from an independent dealer. Prices for the two A3 variants seem fairly evenly matched on the used car market, although the added practicality of its extra doors just edges the Sportback ahead in the popularity stakes.
How much does it cost to run a Audi A3 hatchback?
When the A3 was launched in 2013, it offered a wide range of engines. The petrols include a 123bhp 1.4 (NEDC average of 55.4mpg and £30 annual road tax), a 178bhp 1.8 (48.7mpg and £140), and a 148bhp 1.4-litre unit that can automatically shut off two of its four cylinders at a cruise to save fuel. Audi calls it cylinder on demand (CoD), and it helps cut fuel consumption down to 60.1mpg and only £20 for road tax (on cars registered before April 2017).
The diesel 1.6 TDI should be the cheapest version to run, with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km on some models and 74.3mpg average economy, which means no road tax for cars registered before April 2017. The 2.0 TDI 150 isn't quite as efficient, with 67.3mpg and £20 road tax.
Servicing on the A3 is due every two years or 19,000 miles, with Audi main dealers offering a comprehensive service plan for cars three years old and older. The plan provides an interim service for £164 and a main service for £319.
From new, many A3s were covered by an Audi Service Plan that could be used to cover the cost of routine servicing for up to five years or 50,000 miles. The A3 was also covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty from new, with the option of an extended four or five-year cover.
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