What alternatives should I consider to a used Audi A3 hatchback?
If you like the sound of an Audi A3 but don’t want to spend the money, have a look at a Volkswagen Golf. The Golf drives better, rides more comfortably and has a better reputation for reliability, yet comes with a similar range of engines to the A3 and costs less to buy.
The Ford Focus is another alternative; it’s nowhere near as classy as the A3 or the Golf, but it is an awful lot more enjoyable to drive, with engaging handling and communicative steering. The 2.0-litre diesel version also has a better reputation for reliability than the equivalent A3.