The first thing you need to do when considering a used Audi A3 is decide what body style best suits your needs. There’s certainly no shortage to choose from, with three-door and five hatchbacks, four-door saloon, and two-door Cabriolet all available.
In our latest Used Car Video review (below) we’ve concentrated on the five-door Sportback, which is the most practical of the A3 offerings available. That’s because it features a longer wheelbase than the three-door, improving space in the rear, and the boot is bigger too.
The result is a terrific all-rounder, helped by its precise, confidence inspiring handling, high levels of comfort (although you might want to avoid the firm S-Line suspension) and strong engine line-up. The petrols are particularly impressive, even if you opt for the entry-level 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo unit, which punches well above its weight. On the diesel front meanwhile buyers can choose between a frugal 1.6 or a more powerful 2.0-litre.
Common to all A3s is a dashboard layout that is all at once beautifully styled, packed with technology and simple to operate. The slim infotainment screen that glides out of the top of the dash when you switch the ignition on is a nice touch, even if it does fall under the category of ‘one more thing to go wrong’ (aside from the odd creak and squeak it’s actually proving to be reliable so far).
As further evidence of just how wide the A3 range is there’s also a plug-in hybrid E-tron that marries a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver potentially outstanding economy (if you plug it in regularly). For anybody wanting to take a first step into the world of electric motoring it’s a tempting option.
You can search for used examples of all of these various Audi A3 models on CarGurus, using the filters to narrow down the results to the exact version you’re interested in. As ever, our Instant Market Value tool and use of dealer ratings to inform search rankings bring a greater level of transparency to the used car buying process, and will help you determine whether a vehicle represents a good deal or not.
With thanks to Fords of Winsford for providing the Audi A3 Sportback in our video. See their full stock on the CarGurus UK website.
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