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Audi A3

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Audi A3

(2020 – present)

    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 followed 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 arrived on UK roads in Autumn 2020. Audi added to its petrol and diesel A3 line-up in Autumn 2021, unveiling a plug-in hybrid version.

    A high-performance RS 3 model launched in Winter 2021. Available as both a Sportback and Saloon, the RS 3 cost more than double the price of an entry-level model in the standard A3 range.

    The Audi A3 range has received generally good scores from the UK media to date, although its Expert Rating of 72% (as of June 2022) trails behind its cousins – the Volkswagen 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
    • Responsive handling
    • Perfect driving position

    Audi A3 lowlights

    • Can’t match a Mini for driving dynamics
    • Loud road noise at higher speeds
    • Rather awkward infotainment system
    • Rivals have more boot space
    • A-Class and 1 Series are often cheaper

    Key specifications


    Body style: Five-door hatchback
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £26,070 on-road

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


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: December 2020
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    Adult protection: 89%
    Child protection: 81%
    Vulnerable road users: 68%
    Safety assist: 73%

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    Model tested: A3 Sportback 1.5-litre petrol automatic

    Overall score: 3 stars
    Date tested: February 2021
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    Clean Air Index: 6.4 / 10
    Energy Efficiency Index: 5.5 / 10
    Greenhouse Gas Index: 4.8 / 10

    The Audi A3 Sportback 1.5-litre petrol automatic received a three-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. 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).

    Reliability rating

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    As it was only launched in 2020, we don’t have enough warranty data on the Audi A3 to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the A3, we’ll publish the score here.

    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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    Audi A3The Audi A3 range has been praised for its refinement and improved driving dynamics, but criticised for a clunky touchscreen interior.