Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

VerdictShould you buy an Audi A3 Sportback?

Yes, if you're after the maximum quality and While you might think that a premium hatchback such as the Audi A3 seems like something of a compromise, the reality is that this car looks, feels and drives every bit like the more expensive and larger models in the Audi range.

Buyers will have plenty of choice both in relation to equipment grades and engines, so it’s worth spending some time to choose carefully. It’s more refined than cars like the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class, delivering the goods when it comes to comfort and handling.

It’s an ideal size for city and urban commuting while offering enough comfort to make longer journeys a doddle. It compares very favourably with its rivals, too. Strong points are the steering and handling, which are significantly improved over the old model, while the overall refinement is more than adequate for a car of this size and stature. The latest infotainment set-up will take some getting used to, but it's a small price to pay for the additional features that come with it.

As you'd expect, it's the best of the Volkswagen Group quartet that comprises of the SEAT Leon, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, As long as you're sensible when speccing it up, it's not massively more expensive than the Golf, either, which is interesting in itself. If you like the finer things in life and you don’t have the need for a huge car, then the Audi A3 will undoubtedly appeal - especially the Audi A3 35 TDI S tronic S line, our pick of the range.

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