Used Audi A3 (1996 - 2003) Review

Review by David Ross on
3.5
The A3 was Audi's take on the Volkswagen Golf Mk3 and became the first hatchback from a premium manufacturer. It actually borrows most of its underpinnings from the Golf, including some excellent engines, but adds more stylish looks and a higher quality finish.
Audi A3 (96-03)
Well built, pleasant to drive, still fashionable
Cramped rear seats

New price range:

£14,500 - £24,665

Used price range:

£298 - £7,855

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The A3 was Audi's take on the Volkswagen Golf Mk3 and became the first hatchback from a premium manufacturer. It actually borrows most of its underpinnings from the Golf, including some excellent engines, but adds more stylish looks and a higher quality finish. When it was launched in 1996, prices were steep for what was essentially a three-door family hatchback, but thanks to the prestige badge it proved popular.

Used prices are now lower, making it a good alternative to a used Golf or BMW 3-Series Compact. Family buyers are better off finding a five-door model - these were introduced in 1999. The A3 was finally replaced in 2003.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Large boot, fold down rear seat and bases which flip up, and its fuel economy. Good visibility all round.  

5 out of 5

Oliver Newell ,   21 Jul 2014    ... read more

 She handles really well as she is the 4x4 version, great size boot.  

5 out of 5

Matthew Best ,   24 Aug 2013    ... read more

 Comfort of the car - the suspension and comfort when driving  

5 out of 5

Michelle Wright ,   09 May 2013    ... read more

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