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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

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

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 26 - 74 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.

If you want to keep Audi A3 running costs down choose one of the smaller engines because you’ll be rewarded with good fuel economy. Audi servicing can be expensive, especially at main dealers while spares aren’t cheap either.

Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.9-litre diesel, which is one of the greenest model in the range. Overall, Audi A3 emissions levels are acceptable but it does depend on model. A low emissions version of this engine, badged 1.9 TDIe was introduced in 2007 and thanks to aerodynamic and engine management tweaks emits 119g/km of CO2 (making it cheap to tax) and is capable of an impressive 63mpg.

Facelifted cars from September 2008 are fitted with more efficient engines. In 2009 the 1.9 TDIe was replaced by a 1.6 TDI which emits just 109g/km of CO2.

As it’s an Audi, anything other than perfect will be seen as a failure. Thankfully, the interior is superbly constructed and shouldn’t give owners any niggles or problems. Overall Audis have excellent build quality and therefore Audi A3 reliability should be bulletproof.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £630
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Insurance group 14 - 36
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