Car Reviews: Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI Sport – The AA

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Audi A3 Sportback

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Impeccable quality inside and out puts the rivals to shame Standard levels more generous some of the competition Rewarding to – for an Audi – and with an impressive engine especially the diesels Rear is generous enough to accommodate two in reasonable comfort


options such as climate and sat-nav are costly Ride on Sport-badged variants around will be too harsh for some extra practicality is actually a modest increase over A3 Bold frontal styling put off Audi purists seeking a radical alternative to BMW’s 1

Building on the success of its first A3, Audi’s second-generation five-door is clearly pitched at buyers the premium feel of much cars, but who don’t want all the aspects associated with a luxo-barge. True to form, A3 ‘Sportback’ majors heavily on and premium feel, and adds a extra level of practicality to the car’s already desirable

Audi can claim to be something of a in the compact premium hatch having kick-started the trend in 1996 with the first-generation A3. By the the five-door model appeared in the car was a frequent sight on the roads and a choice of company car user who didn’t fancy joining the ranks driving Volkswagen’s

The perfect foil to BMW’s 3 Compact, the original A3 built on reputation for offering excellent quality, classy cabins both quattro and performance – something BMW couldn’t do.

time around and the latest-generation A3 Sportback is an athletic-looking machine, an even more impressive and higher levels of build than before. With marks over BMW’s direction and the quality of its low-end Audi appears to have the high ground with ease. Not even the presence of radical-looking 1 Series seems to dented either Audi’s or the A3 Sportback’s visual appeal.

And the Sportback offers only a increase in loadspace over its cousin, the five-door format and clever juggling of the car’s dimensions has meant that it can four adults in reasonable – something that the 1 cannot do. That the A3 Sportback also includes a number of four-wheel drive variants and a V6 performance model proves how Audi is about luring drivers away from the BMW

Our verdict on the Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI

Over and above its modest load carrying skills and the of two extra doors, on a practical Audi’s A3 Sportback offers extra that can’t be had in the A3. That said, the Sportback’s A6-style nose does the car an air of superiority over its three-door and its longer, sloping roofline a greater visual impression of


Although reasonably equipped for a premium hatch, the A3 is hardly dripping with kit making the need to tick a few options boxes a costly but activity. List price diesel A3s will be much to run than their petrol which should help to the car’s higher than hatch insurance and servicing Given Audi’s brand future resale values are to better than that of the competition.

Space and practicality

its extra two doors and a modest in rear loadspace, part of the A3 appeal centres on the perceived in versatility over its three-door In truth, the Sportback’s extra 20 of space is hardly revolutionary, but is a improvement nevertheless. More to appeal to buyers is the ability to two adults in the back with fuss and discomfort thanks to two extra doors and improved of rear legroom.

Elsewhere there’s the usual of trinket trays and practical pockets. Do remember, though, selecting the CD changer will a severe reduction in glovebox

Controls and display



Car safety

Given the Sportback’s remit, it’s good to that the car comes with all the electronic safety aids as ABS, brake assist, brakeforce distribution and traction Inside the cabin, occupants are against an impact by twin side and head airbags, ISOFIX child seat are present along with to deactivate the front passenger when using a rear-facing seat.

Driver appeal

Audi A3 Sportback

With the arrival of the A8, then the A6 and recently the A3, Audi is gradually that it’s lost of skills it used to develop the original Quattro. And with drive available on selected Audi is keen to promote the that performance is once on the firm’s agenda. While variants posses a decent of speed and hold the road in an manner, it’s the flagship model that delivers the thrills.

Good though the A3 is, 1 Series is the more rewarding Furthermore, the ride of Sport A3 variants will prove too over urban undulations for – worth noting if you most of your time in the

Family car appeal

First car

Quality and image

Audi in recent years, become with premium levels of and has been able to cultivate an comparable to that of its nearest BMW. Of the two, many see Audi as a firm that to concentrate on the total ownership – not just a car’s to entertain the keen driver. If a BMW to deliver there’s not much on offer aside from the

With Audi there’s the build quality, superior to detail and a less radical design philosophy.


The A3 might have the luxury of doors, but you’ll be hard to notice the difference when the front cabin of the Sportback. inside, it’s easy to the seat controls – the ratchet-style height adjuster straightforward to operate. Back passengers, understandably, have to a smaller opening, but only with severely restricted are likely to struggle.

Getting out is not the of a moment no matter how nimble you as the door’s lower sill cause you to pause a second you make a dignified exit. At the A3’s boot opening is of a size and the tailgate requires effort to lift and shut.

and ICE (In car entertainment)

The car’s standard fit CD player is decent enough and its controls are well laid out if a on the small side. Go for the CD changer and you’ll have to sacrifice glovebox space, although a better solution than it in the car’s boot. Audi’s audio solution may be a costly one but it is

Boasting a widescreen display and interface similar to that of its A8 mapping details are exceptionally while the stereo is a noticeable over the standard item. Of use, though, is a pricey TV and bolt-on option.

Modest in boot space over A3 is secondary to the car’s market

Colours and trim

Look the predictable light metallic and the A3 is one of the least colour sensitive around. Deep blues even, reds work – especially the latter on the 3.2 quattro variant. Certainly, the lack of complex exterior a factor that troubles 1 Series, helps boost the photogenic qualities.

Inside, business as usual if you’re an A3 Perversely, light-coloured fascia exude a more pronounced aura than dark although the silvery trim Sport interiors can be a unnecessary If you can stretch to it, opt for leather over seats.

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