Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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

Petrol engines 5.2 - 7.4 mpp
Diesel engines 6.0 - 8.3 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 38.7 - 55.4 mpg
Diesel engines 48.7 - 67.3 mpg
  • Strong fuel economy
  • Diesels still make a lot of sense
  • Not the most competitive for company car drivers

Strong fuel economy is a must-have for a car of this ilk. And the A3 delivers.

Ultimate fuel gauge watchers will want the 30TDI diesel. It’ll cover up to 64.2mpg with the smallest 17-inch wheels and with a manual gearbox. CO2 for this engine is as low as 114g/km.

The 35TDI diesel covers up to 61.4mpg on the Sport version with 17-inch wheels and auto box but goes as low as 57.6mpg with the 19-inch wheels of the Vorsprung model. CO2 for this engine is as low as 114g/km.

The lowest powered petrol, the 30TFSI, can cover up to 52.3mpg with the manual gearbox and produce as little as 122/gkm. The more powerful 35TFSI has an official rating of 52.3mpg and 122g/km.

Reliability

  • Shares a platform with VW Golf
  • Largely the same as the A3 Sportback
  • Tech used across the VW Group

There have been no official recalls by the DVSA. And given that the A3 Saloon uses mostly already-used technology, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about.

During our time running a hatchback A3 for a long-term report, the only issue we’ve had are minor software glitches.

The A3 Saloon comes with a 60,000-mile/three-year warranty and three years’ roadside assistance.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165 - £520
Insurance group 15 - 30
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