Audi A3 Sportback long term test review

The A3 has long set the benchmark for premium family hatchbacks, and now there is an all-new version on sale. We have four months to find out if it retains its crown...

Audi A3 long termer

The car Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI 150 S line Run by Claire Evans, consumer editor

Why it’s here So we can find out if the new A3 Sportback continues to possess the winning ways of its predecessor

Needs to Be brawny enough for long, high-speed journeys, practical enough for a family of five at the weekends and economical enough not to dent our finances

Mileage 3305 List price £28,205 Target Price £26,705 Price as tested £30,830 Test economy 46.8mpg  

29 October 2020 – Testing out the comfort and control 

The A3 and I have been doing a mixture of motorway and rural A-road driving, including a couple of day trips to the Kent coast. This has given me the chance to see how the car handles and rides on different roads.  

Although the A3 has sports suspension, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how compliant it is. I think it gives a great balance between poised handling on twisty roads and the ability to soak up bumps.  

Audi A3 long termer

My car is also fitted with Audi’s Progressive Steering, which makes the steering more direct when you turn the wheel. It’s a relatively affordable option that makes parking easier because you can get from lock to lock quicker, and it helps to make the A3 feel more nimble if you’re on a road with lots of sharp bends. 

I admit the A3 isn’t as nimble as a Ford Focus on the twisty bits, but I think it has the best balance of comfort and control of any premium family hatchback. 

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