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Hatchback Guide – Audi A3

Audi A3

Audi A3

Launched at the end of last year, the third generation Audi A3 may look much like its predecessor but is fresh from the ground up. Inside it has a beautifully crafted interior and thanks to a longer wheelbase and wider track, it feels a lot more spacious. Available with a bewildering array of options and variations, the 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 99g/km and fuel consumption of 74.3mpg is the one to opt for. On the road it is lively and composed at all speeds but the ride is a little harsh. The steering is responsive and it will appeal to the keen driver. A five-door Sportback has just joined the range and an S3, a high-performance variant, powered by a 2.0TFSI engine with 300 bhp will launch in April.

Starting Price: €25,950

Our Opinion: The A3 has long dominated the premium compact sector; so while the latest version improves refinement, efficiency and comfort, the opposition has sharpened its offerings and that dominance may no longer be taken as a given.

 

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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