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The stylish small car that’s great to drive and practical for families
As a premium hatchback, the Audi A3 ticks pretty much every box. It’s stylish, great to drive and has impressively low running costs.
As well as being roomy enough for the family and all its accessories, the A3’s fuel efficiency will suit people who regularly cover long distances. And, for those looking for something with more of an ‘executive’ feel, the larger saloon model fits the bill perfectly.
Wide choice of engines
There’s an engine for every driver’s taste. The 1.6 diesel is the cheapest to run. It’s not as fast as the 2.0 but has enough power to keep most people happy.
There are four petrol engines on offer, ranging from the 1.2 up to the rapid 2.0. The petrol models are generally less economical, but the 1.4 is available with technology that saves fuel by shutting off part of the engine when you don’t need the power.
The A3 gives you a happy medium between road holding and ride comfort, particularly if you go for the SE suspension. The firmer suspensions – Sport and S Line – take corners more enthusiastically, but you’ll feel more bumps.
It’s also reassuring to know that the A3 was awarded a maximum five-star crash rating by Euro NCAP.
Classy and understated
The A3 looks classy in an understated way. It gives the impression of quality without the need to draw attention to itself.
But if the outside gives you a satisfied smile, the interior will have you grinning from ear to ear. It’s immaculate in every respect – from the premium materials and fittings, to the well-crafted dashboard and controls. The information and entertainment system sits handily at the top of the dash and is all controlled by a central dial.
As for comfort, the numerous controls make it easy to adjust your driving position, but taller adults will find the back a little cramped. On the plus side, the longer doors mean it’s easy to get in and out. The hatchback boot is flexible and spacious enough but, unusually, is smaller than the cavernous boot in the saloon models.
So if you’re looking for a small family car with bags of style, why not book a test drive today?
In a nutshell
- Stylish premium hatchback
- Blends handling and ride comfort
- Impressively low running costs
- Relatively expensive to buy – although Audi often offers highly ˙ ˙ ˙ competitive finance deals
Did you know? The A3 is built using Volkswagen’s new part-aluminium, part-steel platform.