Used Audi A3 Sportback vs Mini Clubman

If you're in the market for a premium hatchback the Audi A3 and Mini Clubman are both excellent family cars, but which one makes the most sense as a used buy? Read on as we find out...

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What Car? team
10 Sep 2017 13:56 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

Our Verdict

These are two very evenly matched and similarly equipped family cars, with running costs that on paper are practically the same. The A3 has the nicer interior, though, by quite a margin, and is better to drive and also the more refined. It’s the classier product, without a doubt. The Clubman, meanwhile, is decent to drive and distinctive to look at.

However, it can’t match the A3’s quality, nor its refinement. Where it scores is in being £1000 cheaper to buy at this age, although it’s the Audi that should hold on to its value slightly better in the future. That being the case we’d pick the A3, but if you needed to save the money on the purchase price and went for the Clubman instead you’d still be getting what is a practical and pleasing car.

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1st – Audi A3

Used Audi A3 Sportback vs Mini Clubman

For Great to drive; very refined; sensible running costs

Against More expensive to buy

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

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Mini Clubman

Used Audi A3 Sportback vs Mini Clubman

For Distinctive looks; decent to drive; well equipped

Against Unimpressive engine; noisier than the A3

Verdict The Clubman is full of character and has plenty of space

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi A3 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technik

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £23,835

Price today £13,500

Power 148bhp

Torque 251lb ft

0-60mph 7.9sec

Top speed 135mph

Fuel economy 68.9mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 108g/km


Specifications: Mini Clubman 2.0 Cooper D Media Pack

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £23,255

Price today £12,500

Power 148bhp

Torque 243lb ft

0-60mph 8.6sec

Top speed 132mph

Fuel economy 68.9mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 109g/km


Price today is based on a 2015 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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