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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

Which used Audi A3 hatchback should I buy?

At launch, the A3 was available in a choice of three trims: entry-level SE, Sport and top-of-the-range 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-con and alloy wheels, as well as a 5.8in infotainment display. Sport is our preferred trim, however, and offers more niceties, including 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, as well as firmer suspension that we could do without. The Black Editions are mainly style-focused and, 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’re using the car. On the whole, we prefer the smoothness of the petrol cars, notably the post-facelift 1.0-litre models and the 1.4 and 1.5-litre engines. Note, too, that the four-wheel-drive versions will be around 10% less economical and will, therefore, cost you more to run.

At the top end, the S3 and RS3 models offer huge levels of performance, but they obviously come with high fuel consumption and running costs.

Our favourite Audi A3: 1.4 150 TFSI Sport

 

Used Audi A3 13-present

Which used Audi A3 hatchback should I buy?

At launch, the A3 was available in a choice of three trims: entry-level SE, Sport and top-of-the-range 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-con and alloy wheels, as well as a 5.8in infotainment display. Sport is our preferred trim, however, and offers more niceties, including 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, as well as firmer suspension that we could do without. The Black Editions are mainly style-focused and, 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’re using the car. On the whole, we prefer the smoothness of the petrol cars, notably the post-facelift 1.0-litre models and the 1.4 and 1.5-litre engines. Note, too, that the four-wheel-drive versions will be around 10% less economical and will, therefore, cost you more to run.

At the top end, the S3 and RS3 models offer huge levels of performance, but they obviously come with high fuel consumption and running costs.

Our favourite Audi A3: 1.4 150 TFSI Sport

 

Used Audi A3 13-present
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