Audi A3 vs Mini Clubman

The new Mini Clubman is a much more practical car than its predecessor, but is it as good an all-rounder as Audi's brilliant A3 Sportback?

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Mini Clubman rear

Our verdict

Credit where it’s due, the new Mini Clubman is a big improvement over its predecessor. It rides more smoothly, is more spacious inside and has an extensive list of standard kit and a smartly styled interior.

However, it’s more expensive to run than the Audi A3 and isn’t as refined or as good to drive. Unless you’re really sold on the looks, or want a more practical Mini than the one you’ve already got, go for the A3 Sportback.

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1st – Audi A3 Sportback

For Great on-road manners; sensible running costs; more refined

Against Slightly higher company car tax costs

Verdict Great to drive and easy to live with. One of the best hatchbacks

Rated 5 out of 5

Read the full Audi A3 review

2nd – Mini Clubman

For Distinctive interior; decent to drive; lots of standard equipment

Against Unimpressive engine; noisier at speed; more expensive to run

Verdict All the character of the hatch, but far more practical

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full Mini Clubman review

Specifications: Audi A3 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technik

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£24,080

Target Price Β£21,916

Power 148bhp

Torque 251lb ft

0-60mph 7.9sec

Top speed 135mph

Fuel economy 51.2mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 108g/km

Mini Clubman Cooper D Media Pack

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£23,395

Target Price Β£22,254

Power 148bhp

Torque 243lb ft

0-60mph 8.6sec

Top speed 132mph

Fuel economy 51.1mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 109g/km

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