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Audi A3

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Summary


The Audi A3 is a mid-size hatchback (called Sportback) and saloon model, that sits above the A1 hatchback and below the A4 saloon in the Audi range. The current model is the fourth-generation A3, with the Sportback models arriving in the UK in middle of 2020. The saloon models will follow later in the year.

Like previous models, the A3 is based on the Volkswagen Golf and shares many of its components with other models in the Audi, VW, Skoda and SEAT families. The top-spec model in the A3 range is the Audi S3, which is set to arrive in the UK in Autumn 2020. A high-performance RS 3 model is expected to launch in 2021, and we will build a separate page for that model when it arrives in the UK.

The Audi A3 range has received generally good scores from the UK media to date, although its Expert Rating of 70% (as of August 2021) trails behind its cousins – the Volkswgaen Golf, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia.

The A3 has received praise for overall refinement and driving dynamics that are significantly better than the previous-generation model, but its interior has been criticised for a very user-unfriendly touchscreen infotainment system.

Audi A3 highlights

  • More comfortable than most superminis
  • Loads of advanced tech from more expensive Audis
  • Great residual values

Audi A3 lowlights

  • Can’t match a Mini for driving dynamics
  • Citycarver model not worth the money
  • No electrified models available

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatchback
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £23,875 on-road

Launched: Spring 2020
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2019

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

73%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

80%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Audi A3 Sportback 1.5-litre petrol automatic received a three-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “This fourth generation A3 shares the ubiquitous MQB platform with many of its VW-group stablemates and is tested here with the 1.5 litre petrol engine producing 110 kW and a hefty 250 Nm of torque.

“The car’s exhaust after-treatment – a three-way catalyst and a gasoline particulate filter – does a good job of controlling pollutant emissions and the car achieves an impressive index of 6.4 for Clean Air. Efficiency is also good considering engine output, with an average consumption of 6.3 l/100 km. CO2 emissions are moderate while control of other important, albeit unregulated greenhouse gases, is very good.

“The car performs well overall and fully deserves its three-star rating.”

This rating only applies to the 1.5-litre petrol (TSI) automatic version of the Audi A3 Sportback, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range (although there will be no significant difference between saloon and hatchback body styles).

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi A3 has received

2021

  • carwow Awards – Best Family Car
  • Company Car Today Awards – Best Premium Lower Medium Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Compact Premium Car
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Hybrid Family Car

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