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Audi A3 Sportback

From £22,725

or from £299 per month
(Featured offer)

Audi A3 Sportback
Audi A3 Sportback
Audi A3 Sportback
Audi A3 Sportback
Audi A3 Sportback

The Audi A3 Sportback, where style meets versatility. From the cars distinctive silhouette to the wider, flatter grille, this A3 Sportback marks an exciting evolution for the A3 range, just take your seat in the luxurious cabin and you’ll understand instantly what we mean - All the driving excellence of the A3 Saloon, but with the extra practicality of 5 doors and added load space. The Audi A3 Sportback is designed to make your life easier, and your time on the road more fun with a range of extremely efficient engines and a car perfectly balanced, allowing the driver control and comfort in abundance. While the interior is Audi through-and-through offering class and quality throughout, the boot space means no matter what your daily life entails, business or pleasure, the A3 Sportback is the complete package.

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Finance Example

ENJOY THREE MONTHS IN A NEW AUDI. ON US.

Solutions Personal Contract Plan * representative example for New Audi A3 Sportback S line 35 TFSI 150 PS Manual subject to a 4 year, 10,000 mile per annum agreement. Monthly rental inclusive of metallic paint

£1,000 Deposit Contribution. 4.5% APR Representative.

Duration 4 Years
First 3 months of £0 followed by 44 monthly payments of £299.00
Audi 3 month Contribution £897.00
Customer deposit £4,564.31
Audi Contribution^ £1,000.00
Total cash price of optional extra- metallic paint £575.00
Recommended on-the-road price (inc metallic paint) £28,780.00
Amount of credit £23,215.69
Optional final payment  £13,342.75
Total amount payable £32,073.06
Total amount payable by customer £31,073.06
Acceptance fee (Payable within first payment) £0.00
Option to purchase fee (Payable at the end of your agreement) £10.00
Rate of Interest p.a. 4.45% Fixed
Representative APR 4.5% APR
Excess mileage 8.4p per mile


*At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle.

With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. ^Can consist of a contribution towards the cash price and a contribution towards the deposit (Please see Audi Centre for details). 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Offer available when ordered by 30/06/2020 and delivered by 31/12/2020 from participating Centres. Advertised APR only valid until 30th June 2020 but the "3 monthly payments on Audi" offer available until 30th September 2020. 36 to 49 month agreements only. Agreements with a term less than 46 months may receive a contribution less than the equivalent of 3 monthly payments however you will not be required to be make a monthly payment for the first 3 months. Excludes RS, R8, e-tron and PHEV models. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other finance offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication [June 2020]. Freepost Audi Financial Services.

Business User Only

NHS & Emergency Services Offer
REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE Audi A1 Sportback Technik 25 TFSI 95 Manual
Monthly Rental £219
Advance Rental £1,314
Contract Length 3 years
Annual Mileage 10,000 mpa
Excess mileage 4p per mile (Plus VAT)

^No ownership option

Business users only. Excess mileage charges apply and fair wear and tear charges may apply. All prices exclude VAT. VAT payable at 20%. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Offer available for vehicles ordered by 30/06/2020 from participating Centres. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication [April 2020]. Freepost Audi Financial Services.

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Model Lines

Sportback SE Technik | From £25,015

  • Xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights
  • Standard seats in Index cloth
  • SD card-based Navigation with 7" colour MMI screen
  • Dynamic suspension
  • 16" '5- star' design alloy wheels

Sportback Sport | From £26,170

  • Xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights
  • Front Sport seats in Twin Leather
  • SD card-based Navigation with 7" colour MMI screen
  • Dynamic suspension
  • 17" ‘5-arm’ design alloy wheels

Sportback S Line | From £28,320

  • LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic rear indicators
  • Front Sport seats with ‘S’ embossed logo in Fine Nappa Leather
  • SD card-based Navigation with Audi Sound System
  • Sport Suspension
  • 18" ‘5-parallel-spoke’ design alloy wheels

Sportback Black Edition | From £29,670

  • LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic rear indicators
  • Front Sport seats with ‘S’ embossed logo in Fine Nappa Leather
  • SD card-based Navigation with Audi Sound System
  • Sport Suspension
  • 18" ‘10-spoke’ design alloy wheels

S3 Sportback | From £37,020

  • LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic rear indicators
  • Front Sport seats with ‘S’ embossed logo in Fine Nappa Leather
  • Navigation with Audi Sound System
  • Sport Suspension
  • 18" '5-twin-spoke star' design alloy wheels

S3 Sportback Black Edition | From £38,570

  • LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic rear indicators
  • Front Sport seats with ‘S’ embossed logo in Fine Nappa Leather
  • Navigation with Bang & Olufsen Sound System
  • Sport Suspension
  • 18" '5-arm trapezoid' design alloy wheels

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Audi A3 Sportback

Independent Reviews

performance 70% handling 70% comfort 70% space 80% styling 70% build 80%
value 70% equipment 70% economy 70% depreciation 80% insurance 70%

Introduction

The Sportback. It's Audi-speak for 'five doors', the configuration in which most versions of Audi's third generation A3 family hatch were sold. This MK3 'Type 8V' model was first launched in 2013 but substantially updated in 2016 with greater efficiency and technology. It's the updated post-2016 MK3 A3 Sportback variant we look at here as a used buy. Sure, for the same money, you could consider buying a bigger car from a lesser brand, but after trying this one, Audi hopes that you won't want to.

History

Brand Loyalty. It's hard to put a price on it. Hard at least, if you're a consumer. Audi though, has no such qualms and has always confidently pitched this car, the A3 Sportback, as the priciest but also the most desirable of all the compact family hatches that the Volkswagen Group sells. There's a reason for this, just as there's a reason why Audi brand loyalty saw a huge proportion of buyers for this car being customers who were satisfied with its predecessor. Explain to these people that the same technology could be theirs for several thousand less in a Skoda Octavia and you'll be met with looks of puzzlement wondering why such a fact could be relevant. Though there was a five-door version of the original first generation Audi A3, a body style introduced to the range in 1996, this part of the line-up only gained the 'Sportback' tag in second generation form in 2004 when five-door A3 motoring was repositioned for a slightly more mature, slightly more up-market audience. This third generation 'Type 8V'-series A3 range continued that trend from its launch in 2012, Audi's argument that this Sportback version was more than just a three-door A3 with a couple of extra doors supported by this five-door model's use of a longer wheelbase. Of more importance though, is the question of whether this is more of a desirable premium compact hatch than five-door versions of its two arch-rivals in this segment, BMW's 1 Series and the Mercedes A-Class. By 2015, with far-reaching recent changes having enhanced the appeal of both these rivals, Audi knew it was imperative to keep the appeal of this A3 fresh and up to the minute. Hence a package of revisions announced in the Summer of 2016 that created the much improved third generation A3 Sportback model we're going to look at here as a potential used buy. The volume 1.4 TFSI petrol engine was replaced by a 1.5 TFSI unit in 2017, the same year that Audi launched an updated version of the top RS 3 hot hatch variant, with power uprated to 400PS. This A3 range in this updated MK3 form sold until the end of 2019, when it was replaced by an all-new fourth generation design.

What You Pay

A3s hold onto their value pretty well. For this facelifted post-2016 Type 8V model, prices start at around £10,800 for a base 1.0 TFSI variant with base 'SE' trim, with pricing rising to around £14,600 for a later '18-era car. Mid-range 'Sport Nav' trim is only around £800 more. You'll need around £2,800 more for sporty 'S line'-spec. For the 1.5 TFSI model, prices start at around £12,450 on a '16-plate with 'SE' trim, rising to around £15,800 for a later '18-era car. The 2.0 TFSI variant prices from around £18,900 on an '18-plate with 'Sport' trim, with values rising to around £22,500 for a '19-plate car. What about a diesel? Well the 1.6 TDI variant prices from around £10,300 with 'SE' trim on a '16-plate, with values rising to around £12,300 for a later '17-plate car. For a 2.0 TDI, think of paying in the £11-13,000 bracket for a '16-'17-plate model with 'SE' trim.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2016 A3 2.0 TDI 150PS - Ex Vat) An air filter costs in the £10-£19 bracket. An oil filter costs in the £7-£11 bracket. A fuel filter is around £13-£29. Front brake pads sit in the £27 to £63 bracket for a set; for a rear set, it's in the £32 to £54 bracket. Front brake discs sit in the £50-£72 bracket; for a rear pair, you're looking at the £48-£80 bracket. A thermostat costs around £13-£30 and a water pump is around £102. A radiator is around £150. And a starter motor is in the £110-£160 bracket.

Models

5dr Hatch (1.0 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI, 1.5 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI, 2.5 TFSI petrol / 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI) [SE, Sport, S line,S3, RS 3])

What You Get

As was Audi's intention, this five-door A3 Sportback looks a little more mature and grown-up than its three-door counterpart. The post-2016-era changes made to this revised 'Type 8V' model are primarily focused on the front end, where the familiar Singleframe grille was made wider and more sharply contoured. The headlamps that flanked it we also restyled to be flatter and more distinctive than before, with more modern xenon lighting replacing the old halogen units. Take a seat inside and the cabin quality you'll find there really sets this car apart at its price point amongst models from this era, with a really premium feeling of quality and class. The defining feature of the dash remains the prominent four air vents, styled to look like miniature jet engines and made up of no fewer than thirty individual parts including bright metal outer rings that are shaped for perfect grip. The two central vents sit above a smarter panel of ventilation controls that gained a piano black finish as part of the mid-life update, plus there was a restyled three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel. It's what you can view through this though, that probably represented the greatest change made as part of the 2016 package of update improvements - the optional 'Audi Virtual Cockpit'. Original buyers had to pay extra for this but if you find a car that has it, you'll get yourself a real cabin talking point, the set-up replacing the entire instrument binnacle with a 12.3-inch colour TFT screen that's fully digital and customisable, with smart 3D graphics and highly detailed effects. Anything this set-up can't tell you will almost certainly be covered by the slimline MMI infotainment display that glides out from the top of the dashboard to deal with audio, informational and phone-orientated functions you can prompt via a chrome-edged rotary controller in front of the gearstick. The retracting screen is 7-inches in size across the range and with these updated models, works with the useful 'Audi smartphone interface' that, through 'Apple Car Play' and 'Android Auto' smartphone connectivity, allows everything you access on your handset to be duplicated onto the slide-out monitor. If you're going to be regularly using the rear compartment in your A3, you really need to have opted for this Sportback bodystyle, not only because of its two extra doors but also because this variant sits on a wheelbase that's 35mm longer than the three-door. As for the boot, well it's 380-litres if you go for this slightly lengthier Sportback variant (as opposed to 365-litres with a three-door A3).

What to Look For

Most owners in our survey seemed happy. The most reported faults related to problems with the alarm system and the central locking. And issues with rattly interior trim and non-engine electricals. Look out for bodywork scrapes and kerb damage to larger-spec alloy wheels. We've had some reports of issues with wear to the side bolsters of the leather seats, as well as squeaking front brake pads, so it's worth looking out for both of those. There were a few issues with the car's infotainment system, with phones not connecting properly and flickering screens being the main problem. Rattling parcel shelves and buzzing interior trims were also reported. The DSG automatic gearbox should be checked to make sure it's had a regular oil and filter change, as should the quattro four-wheel-drive system. Many A3s will have been company or lease cars and, as a result, you should check the condition of the bodywork carefully. The high-quality fit and finish of an A3 also makes it an ideal candidate for clocking, so ensure the history is absolutely verified. There were two manufacturer recalls on the A3 in this period. Check that any necessary remedial work has been carried out on affected cars. On some A3s produced in August 2017, there was a problem with the rear hub carrier not being manufactured to the correct standard, so in extreme circumstances, the car could lose a rear wheel. A recall was issued to replace the carriers on affected cars. Poor welds attaching the rear head restraint to the rear backrest of some A3s made between May and September 2018 posed a safety issue. Affected cars had to have the whole backrest replaced.

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