Used Audi A3 Sportback (2004 - 2013) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Dec 2009
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The A3 Sportback is effectively the five-door version of the A3 hatchback. Initially Audi went a step further by redesigning the rear of the Sportback with a new tailgate to differentiate the two cars when it first went on sale in 2004.
Audi A3 Sportback (04-13)
Stylish looks, refined and comfortable, five-door practicality, excellent build quality
Not particularly involving to drive, poor levels of standard equipment given the price tag

New price range:

£15,325 - £28,425

Used price range:

£764 - £10,515

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The A3 Sportback is effectively the five-door version of the A3 hatchback. Initially Audi went a step further by redesigning the rear of the Sportback with a new tailgate to differentiate the two cars when it first went on sale in 2004. A number of refreshes to both hatchback and Sportback models, however, means that both now have the same styling, apart from the two extra doors on the Sportback model of course.

If you’re after a comfortable five-door medium sized car then the Audi A3 Sportback is a good choice. It doesn’t have the driving dynamics of the BMW 1 Series rival, but is a worthy contender in refinement, comfort and premium feel and finish. As well as the added practicality and convenience of the two rear doors, making it easier for rear passengers to get in and out of the back, this model also increases boot space by 20 litres.

It’s also a little bigger than the standard hatchback and this means there is a little extra legroom for rear passengers. For the extra doors and space you will pay a premium over the three-door model, however. The Audi A3 Sportback was facelifted in 2008, along with the hatchback model, and was given a much sharper front end – including new bumper, light design and grille.

At the same time the manufacturers’ seven-speed automatic S Tronic gearbox was available for the first time on the car. Combined with a more spacious rear cabin and the same high levels of refinement and quality, the A3 Sportback is a good upmarket hatchback. From behind the wheel there is very little different to the three-door car, with predictable and assured handling while there's a good choice of excellent petrol and diesel engines.

A low emission and high economy 1.6 TDI model, which uses a start-stop system, is available and can average an impressive 69mpg. This replaced the less refined 1.9-litre diesel engine available when the car first went on sale in 2004. A more powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine, with 168bhp was also added to the line-up in 2006, while a smaller more fuel efficient and lower-emitting 1.4-litre petrol engine was added to the ever-growing engine range in 2008.

This engine downsizing has continued with a turbo charged 1.2-litre petrol engine available from 2010. For the full Audi A3 Sportback review, read on.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 Spacious for it's size, decent boot space especially.  

3 out of 5

Andrew Hudson ,   27 Jun 2015    ... read more

 It provides very economical mileage, as far as fuel costs are concerned, and is most reliable.  

5 out of 5

Ronald More ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

 It is just about big enough for the family (one child) when going on holiday. Big enough the rest of the year, seats four in comfort as long as the taller passengers sit up front.  

4 out of 5

Stephen Beckett ,   02 Oct 2014    ... read more

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