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A3 Saloon
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Driving

Price (on the road)

ยฃ23,530-ยฃ41,055

Target Price (cash)

ยฃ21,828-ยฃ38,066

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  • Deselect sports suspension

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

ยฃ271.8-ยฃ443.5/month

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Engines

1.0 TFSI
This entry level engine still has plenty of pep, coping with motorways without too much difficulty. Even so, we&#39;d recommend the more powerful and refined 1.5 TFSI.
1.5 TFSI
The petrol engine has a broad spread of shove and is super-smooth. It also shuts down half its cylinders when cruising to save fuel. If youโ€™re fixed on a petrol edition, this is the one to go for. The engine can be combined with a manual or automatic gearbox.
1.6 TDI 116
This is the best engine in the line-up for CO2 emissions, and thus an appealing choice for company car choosers. Itโ€™s also smooth and has enough low-down punch for comfortable motorway cruising. Like the other diesels, it is available with a manual or automatic gearbox, and in front- or four-wheel-drive form.
2.0 TDI 184
This more potent version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine brings a bit more mid-range shove, but itโ€™s not worth the extra cash over the 2.0 TDI 150. It shouldnโ€™t cost you too much extra in fuel or company car tax, though.
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2.0 TDI
We think the 2.0-litre diesel engine (in this 148bhp tune) is worth the premium over the 1.6 because itโ€™s a little smoother and offers punchier performance. It should still return about 50mpg, too, keeping running costs down.
TFSI Quattro
Unique to the high-performance, four-wheel-drive S3 Saloon, this 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor has 296bhp โ€“ enough to take the S3 from 0-62mph in around 5.0sec. Itโ€™s one of the S3 Saloonโ€™s strongest points, with only a little turbo lag and a terrific exhaust note. A manual gearbox is standard, but an automatic is available as an option.
2.0 TFSI
Weโ€™ve not tried this engine yet, but judging by the sub-seven second 0-62mph time, we donโ€™t doubt itโ€™ll be pokey. Comes with either two- or four-wheel drive and six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

43.5-70.6 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

105-151 g/km

VED Tax band

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Boot capacity

How much space is there?

390 litres

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