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Audi A3 Hatchback running costs and reliability

1996 - 2003 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 29 - 57 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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While most of the engines are reasonably economical, insurance can be expensive, especially on the 1.8T and S3 models while servicing isn’t cheap either. Audi spares can be pricey but there is a good range of independent Audi and German car specialists that will offer cheaper prices than franchise dealers.

With average emissions of 187g/km of CO2 the A3 is quite polluting for a family hatchback. Despite the presence of diesel engines, which usually emit less CO2 than petrol units, the range is not particularly green. The diesel are the best eco-friendly choice, especially the 1.9-litre TDI with 90bhp which emits 132g/km CO2 and returns 53mpg.

The A3 is generally excellent if properly serviced. There were some well-documented problems with ignition coils on the 1.8T engine but overall the Audi will prove very reliable. The interior is well-finished too and there should be no squeaks or rattles – reject any car that has them.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £180 - £395
Insurance group 19 - 35
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