Audi A3 Sportback (04-13) - Review Review by David Ross on 16 Jul 2008 Last Updated: 02 Dec 2009 4 The A3 Sportback is effectively the five-door version of the A3 hatchback. Initially Audi went a step further by redesigning the rear of the Sportback with a new tailgate to differentiate the two cars when it first went on sale in 2004. Latest Audi A3 Sportback review Summary Driving & Performance Equipment Comfort Costs Safety & Reliability Buying & Selling Owners' Reviews Also Consider Facts & Figures Gallery Stylish looks, refined and comfortable, five-door practicality, excellent build quality Not particularly involving to drive, poor levels of standard equipment given the price tag New price range: £15,495 - £28,635 Used price range: £3,264 - £24,069 View all used prices Summary Parkers Rating: 4 out of 5 The A3 Sportback is effectively the five-door version of the A3 hatchback. Initially Audi went a step further by redesigning the rear of the Sportback with a new tailgate to differentiate the two cars when it first went on sale in 2004. A number of refreshes to both hatchback and Sportback models, however, means that both now have the same styling, apart from the two extra doors on the Sportback model of course. If you’re after a comfortable five-door medium sized car then the Audi A3 Sportback is a good choice. It doesn’t have the driving dynamics of the BMW 1 Series rival, but is a worthy contender in refinement, comfort and premium feel and finish. As well as the added practicality and convenience of the two rear doors, making it easier for rear passengers to get in and out of the back, this model also increases boot space by 20 litres. It’s also a little bigger than the standard hatchback and this means there is a little extra legroom for rear passengers. For the extra doors and space you will pay a premium over the three-door model, however. The Audi A3 Sportback was facelifted in 2008, along with the hatchback model, and was given a much sharper front end – including new bumper, light design and grille. At the same time the manufacturers’ seven-speed automatic S Tronic gearbox was available for the first time on the car. Combined with a more spacious rear cabin and the same high levels of refinement and quality, the A3 Sportback is a good upmarket hatchback. From behind the wheel there is very little different to the three-door car, with predictable and assured handling while there's a good choice of excellent petrol and diesel engines. A low emission and high economy 1.6 TDI model, which uses a start-stop system, is available and can average an impressive 69mpg. This replaced the less refined 1.9-litre diesel engine available when the car first went on sale in 2004. A more powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine, with 168bhp was also added to the line-up in 2006, while a smaller more fuel efficient and lower-emitting 1.4-litre petrol engine was added to the ever-growing engine range in 2008. This engine downsizing has continued with a turbo charged 1.2-litre petrol engine available from 2010. For the full Audi A3 Sportback review, read on. Parkers Ratings Overall 4 out of 5 Performance 4 out of 5 Handling 4 out of 5 Comfort 4 out of 5 Practicality 3.5 out of 5 Behind the wheel 4.5 out of 5 Safety 4.5 out of 5 Reliability 4.5 out of 5 Running costs 3 out of 5 Green credentials 4 out of 5 Buying used 3 out of 5 Selling 4 out of 5 Equipment 3 out of 5 What owners say... “ Nice size - comfortable for 4 adults (5 at a pinch) Reasonable boot for its overall size. Parking sensors useful. ” 5 out of 5 Alan Eastham , 01 Mar 2014 ... read more “ The car has enough room with 5 doors and a larger boot then the BMW 1 series. Front seats are very good. ” 4 out of 5 Anonymous , 17 Dec 2013 ... read more “ Frugal on fuel on long journeys. Bar that, not much. The rear is cramped, the driving position is poor, the position and width of the pillars mean poor visibility, aerodynamics are poor for rain... ” 2 out of 5 Robert Parsons , 27 Sep 2013 ... read more See all Owners' Reviews Read our long term test of the Audi A3 Sportback (04-13) Read the full facts and figures about this car Compare this car to other cars Next steps Get your Audi A3 Sportback (04-13) information pack for only £1.99View 1,179 used Audi A3 Sportbacks for sale Get an Insurance QuoteRead 40 owners' reviews Tweet Other Audi reviews Continue to: Driving & Performance Best deals on Audi A3 Sportbacks Used Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI (170bhp) S Line (Start Stop) 5d (2011/11) Price £12,992 Save £5,498 MB Motor Group Used Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI (170bhp) SE 5d (2006/56) Price £4,995 Save £2,015 Mobile Car Care Used Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI Sport 5d (2006/06) Price £4,650 Save £1,645 Jay Bee Automotive Used Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro Sport 5d (2005/55) Price £4,500 Save £1,500 Calder Motor Co.