Audi A3

The Audi A3 is one of the best premium cars on the market. Its smart, understated design and superior build quality add desirability and help improve resale values. It's offered in three-door hatchback, five-door Sportback, saloon, cabriolet and sportier S bodystyles. There's a wide choice of engines, plus manual and automatic gearboxes - all of which are tough and reliable.

Audi A3 hatchback

Price 
£18,280 - £32,120
3 Doors
4.0 / 5
Pros
  • Stylish, quality cabin
  • Comfortable ride
  • Wide range of efficient engines
Cons
  • BMW 1 Series is better to drive
  • Tight in the back
  • Looks too similar to other cars from Audi

The latest Audi A3 is a more stylish, economical and practical version of the popular premium hatch and has moved the game on to compete with the current BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class. It weighs less, less than its predecessor, yet provides more interior space. The inside has received a major overhaul, too, with higher quality materials and a new pop-up screen that slides neatly into the dash. Buyers can choose from a range of TFSI petrol and TDI diesel engines, including a 1.6 TDI that is capable of 74mpg and 99g/km, as well the usual SE, Sport and S line equipment levels. There's a range-topping S3 hot hatchback version, too, which will do 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds.

Audi A3 Sportback hatchback

Price 
£18,900 - £32,740
5 Doors
4.1 / 5
Pros
  • High quality interior
  • Massive boot
  • Very comfortable
Cons
  • Less stylish than three-door A3
  • BMW 1 Series is more fun to drive
  • Quite expensive

The Audi A3 Sportback is, in simplest terms, a five-door version of the A3. Look a little bit closer, however, and you'll realise that it's actually much more than that. Audi has changed the shape of the body to create extra headroom, stretched the distance between the front and rear wheels to allow more legroom and added roof rails as standard to boost practicality. The result is a car that's just as luxurious and good to drive as the three-door but with the kind of family friendly appeal that the standard A3 is missing.

Audi A3 saloon

Price 
£22,825 - £34,720
4 Doors
4.0 / 5
Pros
  • Economical engines
  • High quality interior
  • Very stylish
Cons
  • Ride is a little firm
  • Not as fun to drive as a BMW 1 Series
  • Boot access not as good as the hatchback

The Audi A3 saloon sits alongside the three-door hatchback and five door Sportback hatchback models in the A3 range, offering saloon car looks combined with the price and practicality of a smaller car. There's more room inside than its hatchback siblings and it comes with a range of economical petrol and diesel engines.

Audi A3 Cabriolet

Price 
£25,790 - £34,925
2 Doors
3.7 / 5
Pros
  • Economical engines
  • More space than the old model
  • Quick folding roof
Cons
  • Less fun than a BMW 1 Series
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Expensive to buy

The Audi A3 Cabriolet has a quick folding roof that can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph. With the roof up, the interior is quiet, while the trim quality is a match for anything at the price. The new Cabriolet is bigger than the car it replaces and now offers a larger boot. However, the Audi still isn’t as fun to drive as the BMW 1 Series.