What used Audi A3 saloon will I get for my budget?
On the second-hand market, there’s little to choose between the petrol and diesel versions, although there are inevitably more diesel A3s around.
Prices start at around £6000 for an early car from 2013 with more than 100,000 miles or possible Category D write-off issues. Move up to £7000 and you can bag yourself a car with less than 100,000 miles from 2013 or 2014, with a good service history, bought from an independent dealer.
On the high-performance spectrum, the 296bhp S3 averages 39.8mpg and costs £195 in road tax, while the bonkers 395bhp RS3 can potentially return 34mpg and costs £250 to tax. Like the fuel bills, insurance will be high for these models.
Various engines were introduced later, but it was the 2016 facelift that brought a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit. This sweet and economical engine is great in town and never feels short of puff, and fuel economy is a highly commendable 61.4mpg NEDC and road tax costs £20.
It’s worth noting that any A3 registered after 1 April 2017 will be charged under a different taxing system. Most models will be charged a flat-rate yearly fee of £155, but some high-spec S3s and all RS3s will have an additional annual charge of £335 up until the car is six years old.
Servicing is due every two years or 19,000 miles, with Audi main dealers offering a comprehensive service plan for cars aged three years and older. From new, many A3s had an Audi Service Plan that could be used to cover the cost of routine servicing for up to five years or 50,000 miles.
The A3 was also covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty from new, with the option to extend it to four or five years.