Which used Audi A3 hatchback should I buy?
At launch, the A3 was available in a choice of three trims: SE, Sport and S line. Over the years, there have been a number of limited editions and special trims with various cosmetic and equipment upgrades, most notably the Black Edition.
Don’t shy away from the SE, because it’s handsomely equipped, with electric windows, air conditioning and alloy wheels, as well as a 5.8in infotainment display. Sport is our preferred trim, though, because it offers more niceties, including dual-zone climate control, sports seats, a leather steering wheel and a driver’s information display between the instrument dials. S line adds larger (18in) wheels and leather trim, but also firmer suspension that you could do without. Black Edition models are mainly style-focused so, in our eyes, not worth paying the extra for.
Whether to choose petrol or diesel power depends largely on how high your annual mileage is and how you will be using the car. On the whole, we prefer the smoothness of the petrols, notably the 148bhp 1.4-litre and later 1.5-litre engines, along with the post-facelift 1.0-litre models. Note, too, that the four-wheel-drive versions will be around 10% less economical and therefore will cost more to run.
Our favourite Audi A3: 1.4 TFSI 150 Sport
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