Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

VerdictShould you buy an Audi A3 Sportback?

Yes, if you're after the maximum quality and image. While you might think that a premium hatchback such as the Audi A3 seems like something of a compromise, given the additional outlay over something like a Volkswagen Golf, the reality is that this car looks, feels and drives like the more expensive 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 going head to head with the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and choosing between these three will come down to personal preference, finance deals on offer, and which of the three premium marques floats your boat.

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 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.

Audi likely won't need our help to sell A3s - buyers love them, flocking to showrooms even though the mechanically similar Volkswagen Golf is cheaper. The appeal of those four rings is undeniable, though there's a clear demarcation between these two cars when it comes to their interiors and driving dynamics. If you appreciate the slightly more sporting demeanor of the A3, as well as its quality interior and striking design, you won't be disappointed.

Dealwatch special

Our leasing partner, ZenAuto is offering the Audi A3 for £317 per month. The usual terms and conditions apply.

View deal

Audi A3 Sportback (2020) rear view, driving

Further reading: