Practicality, 5 Door Design, Elegant Style, Superb Quality
Standard Equipment is less than desired considering the price
Performance – Excellent, safe, predictable drive manner, fantastic ride but the small engine can be noisy at times
Comfort – Great for long drives, trips with the kids, bumpy roads and more
Safety – Awarded 4 Stars from the EuroNCAP, strong body, lots of safety gadgets and gizmos, alarm and deadlocks with remote centred locking
Running Costs (10,000 miles a year) - Average for unleaded: from around £1120 to £2290. Average for diesel: from around £900 to £1400
Protection – 60,000 mile/ 3 year warranty
Environmental – A great choice for those looking to drive a clean, green car- petrol engines that are smaller and lower emitting engines are in all new models of the A3 Sportback
The Audi A3 Sportback is really just the A3 Hatchback redesigned with five doors. First, Audi redesigned the Sportback’s rear by installing a new, different tailgate on the car back in 2004 when it first sold to car owners. This tailgate was really the only distinction between the Hatchback and the Sportback besides of course, the Sportback having the two additional doors.
So, if you feel most at home in a medium car with doors for the backseat passengers to get in and out with the most ease and ability, then the Audi Sportback is going to be the prime choice when considering the A3 models. Now, this car isn’t going to deliver the same performance and driving appeal that the Series 1 BMW competition can offer to customers.
However, that does not mean that the Sportback is any less worthy in appeal considering there is a refinement factor involved. The Audi A3 car offers the utmost in comfort, and the finish and feel are top of the line. Continually, you have the increase in leg room at the back for the passengers giving them a roomier and easier go riding experience. Plus they have the ease of exiting and entering the Sportback through the rear doors instead of climbing out the front doors from the back seat. 20 litres are gained as well for the rear passengers in comparison to the Hatchback. For these additional luxuries that the Sportback offers over its mate, the Hatchback, the purchaser will fork out extra money for the premium perks.
In 2008, Audi put out the A3 Sportback and the A3 Hatchback with a new look that included a front end that appeared sharper, lighter and better. The bumper design was all new and even had a new grille installed too. This was also the year that Audi introduced and had the S Tronic Gearbox – 7 speed auto available for the A3 models. Both models embrace a handling system that is dependable, predictable and safe. The engine choices include both diesel and petrol. The purchaser can even choose the newest high economy model that output's low emissions and utilizes a “Start. Stop System” to boost the car’s mpg to a persuasive 69. In 2004, the car was available with a lesser refined diesel engine, 1.9 litres. Then in 2006, they upped it to a diesel engine that was 2.0 litres. The more energy efficient, fuel saving model released in 2008 was the first A3 with a 1.4 litres engine that was petrol. Still looking for better efficiency and more selling power for the dealers, the A3 downsized the engine again by using a 1.2 litres engine with petrol in the 2010 models.