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3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Audi A3 (96-03) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £14,500 - £24,665
Used price £400 - £13,280
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £155 - £340
Insurance group 19 - 35 How much is it to insure?


Well built, pleasant to drive, still fashionable


Cramped rear seats

Audi A3 rivals

Alfa Romeo
3 out of 5 3.0

Written by David Ross on

The A3 was Audi's take on the Volkswagen Golf Mk3 and became the first hatchback from a premium manufacturer. It actually borrows most of its underpinnings from the Golf, including some excellent engines, but adds more stylish looks and a higher quality finish. When it was launched in 1996, prices were steep for what was essentially a three-door family hatchback, but thanks to the prestige badge it proved popular.

Used prices are now lower, making it a good alternative to a used Golf or BMW 3-Series Compact. Family buyers are better off finding a five-door model - these were introduced in 1999. The A3 was finally replaced in 2003.

Audi A3 rivals

Alfa Romeo
3 out of 5 3.0