New Vauxhall Astra vs used Audi A3: which is best?

You’re in the market for a five-door hatchback, but do you buy new with a stylish Vauxhall Astra or do you go used with the supremely classy Audi A3? Read our full new vs used test to find out

Words By Mark Pearson

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New Vauxhall Astra vs used Audi A3 – interior & equipment

The aim for Vauxhall with this Astra was to up its perceived quality to let it take on cars such as the A3. Largely, it’s worked, with a logical dashboard layout and use of better-quality materials, as well as some styling tweaks that utilise more flashy foils and decorative trims to the interior. Our Tech Line Nav car is well equipped, too, adding a useful sat-nav to a healthy list of standard kit that includes alloy wheels, air-con and an intuitive touchscreen infotainment system.

However, it has some way to go to match the sparkling interior of the A3. The dashboard and its surrounding controls (both major and minor) are all where you’d expect to find them and all feel beautifully made and well damped. The interior is a paragon of quality and modern design. Ergonomically, the Astra can’t match it. Our Sport trim is well equipped and gives you dual-zone climate control, sports seats and sat-nav, while the large and clear infotainment screen is controlled by Audi’s excellent MMI rotary controller.

New Vauxhall Astra vs used Audi A3 – space & practicality

Despite the stylish exterior, the Astra hasn’t compromised on interior space. The driving position is good, with plenty of adjustment, and there’s plenty of room up front and in the rear, with an especially sizeable amount of rear leg room. Boot space is around the class average, although it can’t hold a candle to the humongous Skoda Octavia.

To add to that neat interior and clear instruments, the A3’s driving position is first class, with a perfect set-up easily achievable. It’s a spacious car in both the front and rear, despite looking more compact from the outside than the Astra, with a boot of around the same size as its rival's, albeit with a slightly lower lip to haul items over.

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