Used Audi A3 Sportback (2004 - 2013) Costs

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Dec 2009
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.
3 out of 5

Running costs

The Sportback carries a premium over the standard three-door A3 but it does come with the benefits of more luggage and passenger space. If Audi A3 running costs are high on the agenda then the 1.9 TDIe or later 1.6 TDI are the best models, however all cars are quite expensive to service, especially at Audi dealerships. Luckily there's a good network of independent specialists who will charge you less.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£883 - £1,801 *


£729 - £1,126 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

According to service indicator.


Three years/60,000 miles.

Road tax (12 months)

£20.00 - £580.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

4 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

Audi A3 emissions ratings show that this is an environmentally friendly choice for green buyers, especially the small petrol and 1.9-litre diesel engines. The 1.9 TDIe model emits just 119g/km of CO2, but in 2009 this was replaced by an even more efficient 1.6 TDI which emits 109g/km of CO2 and averages 69mpg, making it the cleanest model in the line-up.

The 1.4 TSI model is also frugal, averaging 44mpg and emitting 154g/km of CO2.

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