Audi A3

Starting price $35,900
Georgie savings $2,154 - $5,500

The range

The following cars match your search:

2017 Audi A3

5 Door Hatchback
4 Cylinder, 1.4 Litre
Sports Automatic Dual Clutch
Front Wheel Drive
8.2 L/100km

Starting from $40,300

Save: $2,217 - $4,433

2018 Audi A3

5 Door Hatchback
4 Cylinder, 1.4 Litre
Sports Automatic Dual Clutch
Front Wheel Drive
8.2 L/100km

Starting from $40,300

Save: $2,217 - $4,433

2018 Audi A3 Black Edition

5 Door Hatchback
4 Cylinder, 1.4 Litre
Sports Automatic Dual Clutch
Front Wheel Drive
8.2 L/100km

Starting from $42,200

Save: $2,321 - $4,642

2017 Audi A3 Sport

5 Door Hatchback
4 Cylinder, 2.0 Litre
Sports Automatic Dual Clutch
Front Wheel Drive
6.8 L/100km

Starting from $45,900

Save: $2,525 - $5,049

Review

Back in the 1990s, Audi invented the premium German hatchback with the urbane and classy A3. It was a stroke of genius, because it condensed the Audi prestige experience into a compact and city-friendly form factor.

Since then, rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz have tried to play copycat with their 1 Series hatchback and A-Class, but the originator of the class has not been standing still. The Audi A3 of today has enough technology, luxury and a variety of colours to leave its rivals gasping for air.

 

Open Sesame

Despite being one of Audi's most affordable models, the A3 is available with some pretty cutting edge technology from the brand. Examples of this include the Virtual Cockpit, which gives you a crystal-clear digital display instead of your regular analogue speedo and tacho. It can be configured to how you like, even able to display satellite navigation maps.

Audi's media control system allows you to make selections on the move without taking your eyes off the road. It even recognises handwriting from your fingertips. The steering wheel with buttons at your thumb-tips, cruise control stalk and ultra-comfortable seats make this an unmistakably Audi experience. Every button you touch sends impulses of delight to your brain.

If that's not enough to make it your home away from home, there are many options available, including Bang and Olufsen sound system, digital radio, electric panoramic sunroof, electric front seats, heated seats, sports suspension, automatic parking assistance, 18-inch alloys and much more.

 

Body beautiful

There's just something about the way Audis are designed that sets them apart on the road. They just have such confident lines, as if they were carved from a solid chunk of aluminium or silver. The A3 is no exception, with its bold grille, excellent shape and stylish wheel arches.

There are three different body styles for the Audi A3, a five-door hatchback, a smart and suave four-door sedan and a sassy convertible for soaking up the sun in Summer. Which ever model you go for, there's a 5 star ANCAP safety rating. There's a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic, with fun paddles for when you're feeling frisky.

When it comes to colours, the Audi A3 really gives you a lot of choice. There are many different shades, including Brilliant Black, Mythos Black, Ara Blue, Cosmos Blue, Beluga Brown, Monsoon Grey, Nano Grey, Tango Red, Florett Silver, Glacier White, Ibis White and bold Vegas Yellow.

 


 

Our verdict

In its 21 years of existence, the Audi A3 hasn't lost its magic appeal that helped it cut through and disrupt the market in the mid 1990s. New technological additions give you the feeling you're in a genuine prestige German car, rather than just paying through the nose for a bare-bones entry level with a posh badge. This one has the substance in every measurable department with a conviction and thoroughness to it that will keep you happy long after initial purchase.

 

5 specs you need to know:

  1. Engine: 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder
  2. Transmission and drive: Five-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch, front-wheel drive
  3. ANCAP safety rating: Five Stars
  4. Official fuel economy: 4.8L/100km (6.1L/100km)
  5. 0-100km/h as tested: 11.7 seconds.

 

Pros

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  • New 1.0-litre engine is a delight, with optional 2.0
  • Class benchmark interior
  • Packed to the rafters with standard tech

 

Cons

  • Bit more road noise than we'd expect from premium vehicle
  • CD player absent
  • Seats not as supportive as some rivals

 

 

 

Review

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