Audi A3 Sportback: quality

A well earned reputation

Much is made of the solid build quality found in Audis, and for several years the company's cars have been used for benchmarking by their rivals.

But there is more to it than millimetre-perfect fittings in the interior and tight, uniform panel gaps in the body work.

The parcel shelf is attached to the rear hatchback in the usual way, by thin dark cords that loop over hooks on the tailgate.

However, to ensure the cords always appear taut and neat, they are attached to small plastic weights hidden below the parcel shelf.

It may be a small matter, but it indicates how thoroughly all aspects of the cars are developed and shows meticulous attention to detail that sets this car apart from the mainstream brands.

Current mileage: 39091

Average mpg: 52.1