Used Audi A3 Sportback (2004 - 2013) Safety & Reliability

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.
4.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    3 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

The A3 is packed with electronic safety gadgets and has a strong body so it's no surprise it was awarded a four-star Euro NCAP rating. Audi A3 safety is good, but not class-leading (the Golf, with which it shares many components gets five stars), however all models have an alarm/immobiliser and remote central locking with deadlocks.

4.5 out of 5


'Typical Audi' is a phrase you hear a lot, but as the A3 illustrates it does ring true. While you pay a premium for an Audi, the build quality, finish and reliability are all second to none. We've heard of no problems with Audi A3 reliability and doubt we will.

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