What's the used Audi A3 saloon like?
For those who find that the excellent Audi A3 three-door hatchback and five-door Sportback just aren’t quite right, here's the A3 Saloon, a conventional three-box-style, four-door car with a stubby boot at the back.
The good news is that it shares its underpinnings with other A3s, meaning this smart and handsome car is great to drive and a pleasure to travel in.
Part of its appeal has always been the wide range of engines available. Over the years, the saloon has been powered by a variety of petrol engines, from a lively 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit up to the sporty RS3’s 395bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine. Diesels range from the economical 1.6 TDI (with an official 68.9mpg average) through to a smooth and punchy 148bhp 2.0 TDI engine. With most of the engine options available, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are among the best in class.
Added to that, the A3 Saloon 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, with a firm but comfortable set-up, although we would advise against cars with the sport suspension option because they can be a trifle too firm. The A3 is also an impressively refined car; that's one of the reasons why it's one of the most desirable cars in its class.
The interior is classy and well built, with a widely adjustable driving position, good visibility and an excellent infotainment system. The only drawback to the saloon model is that space is rather limited in the rear, especially behind a taller driver, and the boot isn’t one of the biggest.
The A3 is well equipped, though, and the solid build quality translates into a good record for reliability, so this should make this enticing premium product an even more appealing used proposition.