Audi A3 Saloon review

Category: Executive car

Section: Performance & drive

Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 dashboard
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear seats
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 touchscreen
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 side action
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front static
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 alloy wheel
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front seats
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 boots
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 dashboard
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear seats
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 touchscreen
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 side action
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front static
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 alloy wheel
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front seats
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 boots
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Predictably, the 114bhp 30 TDI diesel needs to be worked quite hard, while the 148bhp 35 TDI is noticeably stronger and proves particularly relaxed on motorway runs.

The 148bhp 1.5-litre 35 TFSI petrol is our pick of the range, though. It’s cheaper than the 35 TDI but still gutsy throughout the rev range, pulling strongly from around 200rpm and spinning freely all the way to the engine's red line. It feels livelier than the BMW 218i Gran Coupé but can't quite live with the pace of the Mercedes A200 Saloon

We suspect, though, that the sweetest-riding A3s will be the softer Sport versions. If you still want the sportier looks of the S line but without the firmer edge, there is a no-cost option to delete the stiffer suspension.  

Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear cornering

Handling

The Audi A3 Saloon is sharper to drive than Audi’s bigger A4. It corners really predictably and securely in S line form, gripping the road well, with a lovely balance front to rear that leaves it, and you, unflustered by quick changes of direction. In Sport trim, with the slightly softer setup, it rolls a bit more but still feels very tidy to drive. 

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