Since its initial release, the A3 continues to impress us with new features and customisable styles. Dubbed ‘Best Family Car of The Year 2017’ by WhatCar? Magazine and website.
In November 1996 the first generation A3 was released in the United Kingdom. Since then it has grown to be a sharp, sporty, iconic hatchback everyone knows and loves.
If you are looking towards the iconic badge and attractive family car with good practicality and engine sizes, you don’t have to look much further than the Audi A3 Sportback.
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The lowest of the range, SE Technik starts from £21,340 and offers 16" '15-spoke Y' design alloy wheels and standard cloth interior.
The next level Sport starts from £22,495 and gives you front sport seats in Rallye cloth upholstery and a set of 17" '5-arm' design alloy wheels. The first two Trim levels come with dynamic suspension, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and SD card-based navigation system on a 7" colour MMI display.
The sportier looking S Line starts from £24,645 and offers 18" '5-parallel-spoke' design alloy wheels, sporty front seats with the iconic 's' embossed into the sequence cloth/leather upholstery.
The unique Black Edition starts from £25,995. It gives the A3 a mean look by removing all chrome detailing around the windows and grille. Privacy glass comes standard with this trim line and gives you the largest alloys, 18" '10-spoke' design and Audi Sound System integrated inside. This line also comes with Sport Suspension.
There have been three generations of the Audi A3. The latest 2016 design brings you Audi Smartphone Interface system, Xenon headlights and a much meaner-looking grill. The sharp styling qualities distinguishes the badge to other manufacturers. The A3 comes in S3 and RS3 models as well as an impressive hybrid, the E-tron. Body styles include Cabriolet, Saloon, 3 and 5 door.
The A3 today offers a variety of body types including Cabriolet and Saloon along with its distinctive hatchback 3 or 5-door body. It even offers an electric hybrid version called the A3 Sportback E-tron.
Inside the vehicle you welcomed by simplistic design to materials and compartments. It offers practicality and a wide range of seat adjustment features. In the back seat, adults will find relatively comfortable with enough leg, shoulder and head room. The square-shaped boot offers 380 litres of space, with practical features such as hooks and nets to keep your luggage from knocking around during your journey. The boot can be raised in order to slide objects in and out of easily.
The A3’s body shape allows more space for the rear windows to be fairly large, which not only gives the driver brilliant visibility, it lets plenty of light enter in even with darker upholstery.
As standard with the A3 range, a seven-inch infotainment display is offered. You would have to pay slightly more for a SAT NAV to be included but you have the ease of use and the centre console with a dial to help navigate throughout the menus without completely distracting you from your journey.
The standard system includes DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity. If you prefer to mirror or use your mobile phone for navigation, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto comes as standard with the A3 range which means you could also connect your own mobile Satellite Navigation system without paying a large £500 for Audi’s SAT NAV system.
If you only want the best of the best, and feel you’d simply be missing out if you didn’t have all features the A3 has, you could upgrade to the MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system for a sum of £1,000. The system offers 3D perspective maps and local landmarks so you could become familiar with your surroundings. Another cool feature with this pack is the touch sensitive control dial which allows you to spell out postcodes by writing letters with your finger.
The impressive thing about the A3 Sportback is the range of petrol and diesel engines. Some engines are offered with speedy automatic gearboxes and the four-wheel-drive Quattro system which gives the A3 much better grip on decreased road conditions. The best engine choice for the A3 will be the 1.4-litre petrol engine. This offers a manual or S tronic automatic gearbox. For frequent, long motorway miles, the 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp is the best choice.
The 115hp 1.0-litre turbocharged engine is rumoured to give you 60mpg which is impressive if you are looking to save a few pennies.
The S3 Sportback and the RS3 are the two models everyone talks about. Although they are thirsty on fuel, they give you speed, adrenaline and excitement when driving. The RS3 is claimed to perform quite similarly to a Porsche.
If you are looking to do longer drives on the motorway, your best options will be the diesel engines. The best of the range is the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel which gives you 66mpg. Alternatively, the 1.6-litre diesel offers up to 69mpg.
Most A3 models have the six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The S tronic twin-clutch automatic gearbox can be offered on the A3 Sportback. Although expensive, it is a dream alternative.
On more powerful engines, the four-wheel-drive Quattro system can be offered but if you aren’t driving down country roads where you could encounter a slippery surface, it might not be worth your buck.
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