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New Audi A3 Sportback vs Alfa Romeo Giulietta vs Infiniti Q30

Alfa Romeo and Audi have given their prestige hatchbacks a refresh. Can these low-CO2 versions fend off the all-new Infiniti Q30?

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What will they cost?

These particular models are primarily sold to fleets rather than private individuals, a point proved by Alfa Romeo, which doesn’t even offer PCP finance on Tecnica trim. Audi and Infiniti do offer PCP plans, however; a three-year PCP deal with a 36,000-mile limit and a Β£4000 deposit will cost you Β£261 a month for the Audi A3 and Β£290 for the Q30.

More relevant is how they measure up for company car tax and leasing costs. With the lowest list price and 99g/km CO2 emissions, the Giulietta offers the cheapest benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax, adding up to a total of Β£5082 for a 40% taxpayer over three years. Over the same period, the BIK payments on the more expensive A3 add Β£844 to that, while the Q30’s steep list price and higher CO2 emissions result in payments that are Β£1736 more than the Giulietta.

The tables are turned when you look at leasing rates, though, with the Giulietta costing Β£228 per month, compared with Β£221 for the Audi A3 and Β£202 for the Q30.

In our real-world True MPG fuel economy test neither the Q30 nor the A3 matched its official fuel economy. The Q30 came closest with a commendable 49.2mpg, while the Audi returned 45.5mpg. That difference translates to around Β£100 for someone doing 12,000 miles per annum. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to test the Giulietta.

All three cars come laden with useful features, such as sat-nav, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The Giulietta gives you the most, though, with metallic paint, privacy glass and front parking sensors also thrown in. Both the Q30 and Giulietta include automatic climate control, whereas the A3 gets more basic manual air-con.

The Q30 is the only one with heated front seats as standard, plus safety kit such as automatic emergency city braking, a speed limit display on the dash and a system to help stop the car wandering out of its lane; these are options on the A3, but aren’t available on the Giulietta. All three cars have five-star ratings from Euro NCAP, but the Q30 is the only one to have been put through the most recent and most stringent tests.

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