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Should you buy an Audi A3?

The Audi A3 has been around a while now, but don't even think of letting that put you off. It's a small hatch that oozes class, especially in the right trim/colour combination.

The A3 is more expensive than a Volkswagen Golf but it has more prestige and retains its value better. Some would say it doesn't drive as well as a BMW 1 Series, but in mitigation, it's a safe and predictable handler, as well as being surefooted and refined on the motorway. Ownership should be rewarding, especially when its strong resale value and excellent dealer support are taken into account.

The S Line model will be the most popular because it will have all the extras that will give you the added premium feel you want from an Audi. Look out for models with the technology package since most Audi owners will want this when you come to sell it on.

Most people will buy an A3 based mainly on the badge and, as a medium hatchback with excellent engines and sensible running costs (thanks to its strong residual values), it certainly ticks plenty of boxes.