What's the used Audi A3 like?
For those for whom the excellent Audi A3 three-door hatchback and five-door Sportback aren’t quite right, enter the Audi A3 Saloon, a conventional three-box style, four-door car with a stubby boot out the back.
The good news is it shares its underpinnings with those other A3s, which means this smart and handsome car is also great to drive and a pleasure to travel in.
Part of its appeal has always been the eager choice of engines available, and over the years of the Saloon’s life it’s hosted petrols in varieties ranging from the popular 1.4-litre TFSI and the lively 1.0-litre three-cylinder up to the sporty RS3’s 395bhp 2.5-litre unit. Diesels have covered the spectrum from the economical 68.9mpg 1.6-litre TDI through to a smooth and punchy 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine. With most of the engine options, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are among the best in the class.
Added to that, the A3 handles brilliantly, with plenty of grip and precise steering. All models are capable and composed, and there’s even the option of four-wheel drive to help you out if you do a lot of travelling on slippery surfaces. As a further bonus, it rides well, too, with a firm but comfortable set-up, although we would advise against cars with the Sport suspension option, which can be a trifle too firm. It’s also an impressively refined car, which is one of the reasons this is one of the most desirable cars in its class.
Inside is a classy and well built interior with an adjustable driving position, good visibility and an excellent infotainment system. The only drawback to the Saloon is that space is rather limited in the rear seats, especially behind a taller driver, and the boot isn’t one of the biggest.
It’s well equipped, though, and the A3’s solid build quality translates into a good record for reliability, too, which should make this enticing premium product an even more appealing used proposition.