Used Audi A3 Hatchback 2003 - 2013 review

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(2003 - 2013)
Audi A3 Hatchback (03 - 13)
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Which used Audi A3 hatchback should I buy?

The Audi A3’s most common faults seem to affect diesel-powered cars more, so unless you really need to save money on fuel because you do lots of miles, we’d suggest sticking with a petrol model instead. If you can afford to stretch to a later turbocharged model, do so, as they’re great to drive – although avoid the early turbo-supercharged 1.4-litre engine, badged TSI, because it too has a reputation for poor reliability.

When it comes to trim levels, go for an SE or Sport model; the S line might look good, but its bone-shattering ride quality takes an awful lot of getting used to, and you don’t gain anything other than sportier looks in terms of standard specification.

Our favourite Audi A3: 1.4 TFSI SE Sportback manual


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