Audi A3 Sportback Review

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Audi A3 Sportback

The Audi A3 Sportback combines an exuberant driving experience with a luxurious cabin. It's packed with cutting-edge tech and a roomy cabin to please the whole family.


  • Spacious interior - makes for a great family car

  • Engine options are excellent


  • Boot space could be better

  • Expensive compared to competitors



Driving Experience






Running Costs


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Overall Verdict

The Audi A3 Sportback is an excellent car. It competes well with premium rivals, like the BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes A-Class. It's a classy looking car, inside and out, with very high quality interior materials. Size-wise, the Sportback is large enough to be practical, but small enough to feel agile on the road.

The tech in this Audi A3 is fantastic, and while the higher trims available all offer a huge amount of useful tech and luxurious extras, the most basic trim offers everything most drivers will need. The MMI infotainment system is particularly impressive, and easily competes with the BMW and Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems. 

Performance is important to Audi, and the A3 delivers. The four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines perform well, offering plenty of power while still netting a decent fuel economy; keeping running costs fairly low, particularly if you opt for the seven-speed automatic gearbox. Opting for Audi's four-wheel-drive quattro system adds power to the A3, but fuel economy takes a hit. While the three-door A3 Cabriolet is probably more fun, it's not half as usable as the Sportback. 

Indeed, there's plenty of practicality, thanks to the clever five-door Sportback body style. The rear seats offer plenty of headroom and legroom, and there's enough boot space for day-to-day life. The A3 has a five star Euro NCAP rating, so you can feel safe with your kids in the back. 

Comfortable and fantastic looking, and with efficient engines to boot, the Audi A3 Sportback is a great premium family hatchback option and is definitely the most practical choice in the A3 range! In fact, it's about as practical as you can hope for without opting for an SUV. 

Available Trims

SE Techink

The cheapest trim, the SE Technik comes with a decent range of features, like 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Xenon headlights.


The Sport option (shockingly) offers a more sporty appearance than the SE.  This trim comes with bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, aluminum surrounds, as well as classic sports suspension - perfect for those who like that low driving position.

S Line

The S line just screams performance, with angular front and rear bumpers, side sills and a rear spoiler.  It also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels. The S line also comes with sporty seats with S Line logo.

Black Edition

The Black Edition offers everything the S line does, but with an improved 180w stereo sound system. It also comes with a black styling pack, which adds black exterior headlights on the grille as well as tinted windows and some titanium-style 18-inch alloy wheels.


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The Audi A3 Sportback is an incredible looking car from the outside. With a sleek five-door design and much-appreciated elegant touches (like the angled headlights), the A3 is likely to appeal to the vast majority of drivers. 

The Sportback body style (hatchback to everyone but Audi!) offers much more practicality than the A3 Cabriolet, but also gives the A3 a more angular look. The A3 Sportback is available in 5 different colours: Glacier White, Cosmos Blue, Tango Red, Brilliant Black, and Vegas Yellow.

Driving Experience

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There are a huge range of engine options available for the Audi A3 Sportback, including manuals, automatics, diesels and petrols! 

For an entry level model, we’re big fans of the 1.0-litre 30 TFSI, which has 114 bhp and a 0-62 of 9.9 seconds. This efficient petrol engine nets you 50 mpg. Opting for the Technik trim gives you the best bang for your buck, with features like Sat-Nav and Xenon headlights included. 

If you’re after a diesel, we love the Black Edition 35 TDI 2.0-litre diesel engine. It has 150 bhp, goes from 0-62 in 8.1 seconds and nets you 55 mpg.

For the fastest engine, you need to go with the S Line trim and opt for the 40 TFSI Quattro S Tronic. This turbocharged engine packs an incredible 190bhp and goes from 0-62 in just 6.2 seconds. Of course, your fuel economy will suffer, with an mpg of 38 - but even that isn’t too bad for hot hatch performance!

Driving Position

The steering wheel and drivers seat are both highly adjustable, so you’re bound to find a comfortable driving position for you. With smartly shaped windows and barely any blind spots, it’s really easy to drive around a busy town.


The Audi A3 hits a nice balance - it’s fun enough to drive around country roads with a grin, but it’s safe enough to feel confident doing so with your family in the back! The car handles really nicely around corners, and you always feel like you’re glued to the road. While not as smooth and comfortable as the A3 Saloon, it’s definitely more fun.


The A3 Sportback suspension effectively handles those (all too common!) bumps in the road with ease. It’s a really comfortable car to sit in, and is nice and quiet on the motorway.

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