Used Audi A3 Hatchback 2003 - 2013 review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

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)

Alternatives

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.

Overview

The second-generation Audi A3 looks and feels classy, but it's expensive and bland to drive

  • High-quality interior
  • Great range of engines
  • Desirable image
  • Expensive to buy
  • Reliability worries
  • Too light-feeling steering