Used Audi A3 Hatchback 2003 - 2013 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)

What's the used Audi A3 hatchback like?

Why wouldn’t you want an Audi A3? It’s no surprise that the car that started the premium hatchback trend is a popular choice; after all, it combines the compact dimensions and family-friendly space of the Volkswagen Golf - upon which it's based - with the quality feel and upmarket image of larger Audis.

On the face of it, that’s an exciting combination. However, the A3’s not without its problems; that desirability means resale values are high, and that in turn makes it a very expensive used purchase – or one for which you’d have to sacrifice more in terms of equipment, age or mileage than you would with other used family cars like the Golf, Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra.

The A3 is therefore beaten in terms of driver appeal by the Ford Focus, in terms of comfort by the Vauxhall Astra, and for an all-rounder, the Volkswagen Golf looks like a better bet – it’s nicer to drive and feels almost as upmarket, yet costs less.

Nevertheless, for all its flaws, the A3 does offer you more space than a BMW 1 Series, and it’s a better car than a comparable Mercedes-Benz A-Class. So if you want a small car with a premium feel that’s got plenty of room for the family, it’s still worth a look.