Used Audi A3 Sportback (2004 - 2013) Comfort

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.
4 out of 5

Comfort

A3 Sportback comfort is impressive and, while the driving experience is not as good as the BMW 1 Series, it does excel if you are looking for a comfortable hatchback. Thanks to supple suspension it soaks up bumps and potholes superbly and makes a great long distance machine, even with a full compliment of passengers on board. The back seats are a little short on legroom for taller passengers (although there's more than the standard A3), but up front there's plenty of space and the seats are supportive yet comfortable.

As you'd expect the rear doors make getting in and out much easier and are especially useful if you have young children or child seats to fit.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

Thanks to the increased length rear passengers benefit from a slightly more legroom, but while the Sportback's boot boasts a 20-litre advantage over the three-door car, there's nothing particularly clever in terms of practicality. The rear seats feature a 60/40-split fold, but you can't tumble the base to get a flat load area. On the plus side there's decent storage up front including useful door pockets and a good-sized glovebox.

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How does the boot space compare?

435 litres
330 litres
Audi A3 Sportback (04-13)
302 litres
275 litres
4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

It's easy to find a good driving position, because the seat and steering wheel are multi-adjustable and once inside you're greeted by a superbly built and upmarket cabin. The soft-touch dash with its circular air vents adds a sporty feel and the controls work with superb precision. The stereo can be a little fiddly but that's one of very few gripes in what is a well designed and attractive cabin.

The cabin was upgraded when the A3 Sportback was facelifted and received softer touch materials, new black dials with red needles and new stereo switches. As a result it feels more upmarket.