Today, we’re going to take a look at the Audi A3 Sportback. It’s been on the road for a few years now, and with prices coming down, it’s worth another look. Here’s what we think -read on and decide for yourself if it’s worth a look for your next set of wheels.
The Audi A3 Sportback was released in 2013, but its age means nothing – it’s still a solid car to consider. There are more than twenty different options available at present, and they cover most budgets. You can pick one up in 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0-litre turbo engines, and there’s an e-tron model, too. That goes around 30 miles on the electric charge before the gas kicks in.
You would be looking at around £20,000 for a new Sportback, although with all mod cons that can shoot up. The top of range models go for around £35K – which still isn’t a bad price. However, given the model’s age, you might find some excellent deals to entice you. We had a look over at Inchcape, and you can expect a few things thrown in. Click for Audi offers and a closer look at what to expect.
Make no mistake about it, the Sportback packs a punch – especially if you go for a Turbo engine. It has nice acceleration that will get you from A to B in a powerful but controlled manner. Obviously, the higher up the engine size you go, the bigger the kick, But, even the smaller engines feel great to drive.
If you go for standard suspension on your model, there’s more than enough for the bumpy roads of the British countryside. There’s a nice balance to proceedings, too, and you can expect comfort on long or short drives. The tyres grip nicely on the road, and the steering is accurate. It’s not the most flash ride in the world, of course. But, you get a sense of that Audi quality running through at every turn.
While the Audi A3 standard goes with three doors, the Sportback has five. To accommodate the extra doors, there is an extension at the rear of the vehicle, which is well designed and doesn’t interrupt the flow of the body. However, it’s still not a large car, and would be suitable for young families who are at home in the city or countryside. There’s no doubt it’s attractive – if a little unspectacular. But, as is always the case with Audi, there is a significant focus on style and sophistication.
You expect high quality from Audi, and the Sportback doesn’t disappoint. There’s excellent construction from high standard materials. You can tell there has been a lot of consideration about comfort. You have steering wheel controls for most of the in-car gadgets, including the info dash. And, there’s Bluetooth with every model – so perfect for setting up a hands-free system. Now, this is not a flash car, by any stretch of the imagination. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t anything other than perfect. It’s comfortable, well positioned, and has an excellent view. And, with all the extras thrown in, it’s a vehicle that will last you as long as you wish.
You get the impression this is a car aimed at young families, so space is more than adequate. There’s plenty of boot space, and you can fit in four adults with no problem at all. That said, headroom is a bit of an issue if you are planning on taking tall people in the back. And, their knees might have a few problems recovering after a long drive. But, two kids with car seats will be more than comfortable, but if you have a third child on the way, we will look elsewhere.
Fuel costs are OK, albeit unspectacular. The claim from Audi is that you can do 67.3mpg in the 2.0 TDi – but the reality is a little closer to 55mpg. It’s not bad – but not great, either. That said, the electric hybrid will save you a lot of money at the pumps. Especially if you are a city dweller. If you can make your trip to work and back in less than the 30-mile charge, it’s going to cost you pennies, not pounds.
The Audi A3 Sportback is aimed at younger families – and it’s a good value purchase. Not only that but because of the high quality, with good care, it should hold resale value. Despite its age, the Sportback should be around for many years to come.