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Audi A3 Sportback Review Video
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At a glance

New price £24,720 - £39,810
Lease from new From £243 p/m View lease deals
Fuel Economy 44.1 - 61.4 mpg
Road tax cost £150
New

PROS

  • More engaging to drive than before
  • Improvements to interior space
  • High-quality interior matched with great design
  • Good differentiation between equipment grades

CONS

  • Not the cheapest of its direct rivals
  • Only minimal increases to interior space
  • Reversing camera not standard on main models
  • Not all versions get better multilink suspension

Written by Dave Humphreys on

The new Audi A3 Sportback is the mid-sized hatchback for people who want to inject some premium polish into their daily life. This fourth-generation car cracks the conservative style mould in favour of a more youthful design that’s matched with a vastly improved interior.

A similarly style Saloon version will follow later in 2020 while the Sportback should be in UK dealers from July 2020. You can place your order now and Audi’s hoping motorists who’ve enjoyed owning earlier A3s will be tempted to upgrade.

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Audi has ditched the less-practical three-door model in favour of a five-door hatchback layout in line with the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class and, like those, will also come as a four-door saloon. The current A3 is slightly longer and wider than before with marginally improved space inside.

What engine and trim options are there?

Audi offers buyers a broad choice of engines, starting with a 150hp 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit, badged as the 35 TFSI, and a 150hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel called the 35 TDI. A more economical 116hp 2.0-litre diesel called the 30 TDI will follow, along with a mild hybrid version of the petrol engine. Later on there will also be a plug-in hybrid version of the A3 with around 37 miles of battery-only driving range.

The Audi A3 is available in Technik, Sport and S line specification grades with prices starting at £24,900 on-the-road. Following market introduction it will also be offered in higher-spec Edition 1 and Vorsprung guises. Buyers can also choose from package upgrades to avail of items like driver assistance and upgraded stereo systems at a better price.

Audi A3 Sportback 2020 interior

The latest Audi couture is wrapped around familiar oily bits - in essence, this is a VW Golf in a posher suit. You won’t mistake it for anything but an Audi, although the designers have tried to inject some more interest this time round, to help the A3 Sportback stand out from the crowd.

So there are more overly-designed headlamps, whose day-running lights are made up of 15 individual pinprick LEDs, allowing for a different light signature depending on the model you choose. So sportier models will have one sparkly pattern, plug-in hybrids another. Games of family I Spy on the motorway will never be quite the same again.

On paper, there isn’t much to separate the A3 from its most direct rivals, the 1 Series and A-Class, though it isn’t the cheapest one. That said, Audi does offer competitive finance and leasing deals.

Is there a better premium hatchback right now? Read our full review to find out.

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