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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

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

Petrol engines 6.3 - 10.6 mpp
Diesel engines 8.5 - 11.4 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 28.7 - 35.5 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.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 29.4 - 49.6 mpg
Diesel engines 42.2 - 56.5 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 134.5 - 166.2 mpg
  • Efficient petrol and diesel engines available
  • Servicing and maintenance shouldn’t be too costly
  • S3 and RS 3 models will be expensive to run

Claimed fuel economy figures for the A3 Sportback vary slightly based on the size of the alloy wheels fitted. Bear in mind that larger wheels reduce the mpg figure by around 2-3mpg. We’ve quoted the best-case combined figures for each engine.

The 1.6 30 TDI is the economy hero of the regular A3 engine line-up, claiming up to 72.4mpg when fitted with the S Tronic automatic gearbox. The manual is slightly behind at 64.2mpg.

Next is the manual-equipped 150hp TDI, claiming up to 67.3mpg. Spec the S Tronic gearbox and it falls to 64.2mpg, while adding Quattro into the mix sees it fall again to 56.5mpg.

The petrol engines in the A3 – some of them at least – claim some impressive economy figures that aren’t far behind the diesels’.

The 1.0 30 TFSI offers 56.5mpg in manual form, while the S Tronic claims up to 55.4mpg. The manual version of the 1.5 35 TFSI claims up to 53.3mpg, while with the S Tronic transmission it’s possible to achieve up to 56.5mpg.

The 2.0 40 TFSI claims up to 50.4mpg in manual form, while the S Tronic model comes in at 49.6mpg. The Quattro version with S Tronic gearbox returns up to 47.9mpg.

E-Tron claims impressive economy

If you want an A3 with the highest claimed fuel economy, you’ll want the E-Tron plug-in hybrid, with up to 166.2mpg possible, according to Audi.

However, don’t go expecting this to be achievable on every journey. You’ll need to be pottering around town on battery power for the majority of the time to get anywhere near this, otherwise you can expect economy more akin to a petrol automatic.

S3 and RS 3 more costly to run

You’d expect performance versions to be much pricer to run, and you’d be right in the case of the RS 3 – especially if you make use of that roaring 2.5 TFSI engine. Best case scenario is up 29.7mpg according to Audi, but we've driven one on a long journey and the car indicated over 30mpg without too much hard work.

The S3 isn’t quite as bad as you might expect, though, with Audi claiming it’ll return up to 43.5mpg. Make use of the power on tap and you’ll be heading towards low thirties instead.

Green credentials

Like the fuel economy figures, the claimed CO2 emissions across the A3 range can vary depending on the size of the alloy wheels. There aren’t figures currently available for some models on the pricelist, so we’ve listed what’s available from Audi as of the end of 2018.

At the time of writing, the only CO2 emissions figures available are for the entry-level 30 TDI engine. The S Tronic-equipped version produces 103-105 g/km of CO2, while the manual is higher at 114-118g/km.

Audi A3 Sportback 2013 exhaust

Like the diesels, the CO2 emissions of the full petrol range aren’t all available.

The 30 TFSI emits 114-118g/km of CO2, and that’s the same whether it’s a manual or automatic gearbox you go for.

The 35 TFSI isn’t far behind, either. A manual-equipped example emits 121-125g/km of CO2, while the S Tronic is cleaner, pushing out 115-117g/km of CO2.

Reliability

  • Three recalls for this A3
  • Overall, a solid, high-quality feel
  • Three-year warranty from new

You shouldn't have much to worry about regarding Audi A3 Sportback’s reliability. The firm usually scores well in reliability surveys and has an excellent reputation for well-built cars. The interior feels solid, and overall the A3 has a very strong and dependable feel.

The A3 uses mechanical components found throughout the wider VW Group, so they should be tried-and-tested and largely free of problems.

If you do come across any problems early in A3 ownership, it comes with a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty to cover most issues.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £475
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Insurance group 14 - 46
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