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Audi A3 Sportback review

£31,760 - £50,695
Published: 26 Apr 2024


What should I be paying?

The relatively compact A3 Sportback range starts off at £32,035 for the 35 TFSI Sport, topping out at £37,965 for the 35 TDI Black Edition. There are just the three trims to choose from: Sport, S Line and Black Edition.

What do you get with the trims? 

The entry-level Sport comes reasonably well equipped, with 17in alloys as standard, plus tri-zone climate control, heated front seats, LED headlights, 10.1in touchscreen infotainment, wireless phone charging, digital dashboard, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control.

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S Line adds 18in alloys, sports suspension, privacy glass, some interior trim upgrades and fancy ambient lighting inside. The Black Edition car brings 19in wheels and a black exterior styling pack.

One thing to look out for is Audi’s new ‘functions on demand’ approach, which it insists that customers are clamouring for. Essentially, you pay extra to ‘rent’ features like self-parking or LED matrix headlight tech for a limited amount of time.

What are the engine options? 

There are two easy choices to make when it comes to the current engine line-up: there’s just a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel unit on offer at the moment, though more drivetrains will arrive later in 2024, including an upgraded PHEV.

The petrol unit is rated at 54.3mpg WLTP, while the diesel is good for 58.9mpg on the official cycle. Both come equipped with Audi’s S Tronic 7spd auto, though a six-speed manual will soon be added to the petrol range. 

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Which one should I go for?

We’d be tempted to keep it simple and go for the entry-level petrol model, saving a bit of cash in the budget for some careful upgrades from the extras list. The £1,495 Technology Pack, which comes with reversing camera, Sonos sound system and adaptive cruise control is worth a look, for instance. 

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