Audi A3 Sportback review - how does premium hatchback compete against rivals? - Prices, specs and rivals

Pragmatic Sportback is no more fun to drive than an A3

Evo rating
Price
from £19,985
  • High quality interior, excellent drivetrains, relaxed driving manners
  • Chassis lacks sparkle, exterior looks slightly ungainly

Prices, Specs and Rivals

The Sportback admission fee is nominally £19,985 for the 1.0-litre TFSI manual in SE specification with absolutely nothing added to it, but every version has a five-figure purchase price beginning with a two, including the 2.0 TDI quattro S line – which is a 'robust' £29,385.

Like all Audis, expensive options can quickly bump the ticket up but even base specifications are pretty comprehensive. SE cars come with MMI, Bluetooth, DAB, 16-inch alloys and manual air conditioning, while SE Technik (+£750) adds satnav and cruise control. Sport (+£1500 on a standard SE) brings 17-inch wheels, 15mm lower sports suspension, Audi Drive Select, sports seats and climate control, while top-ranking S line (£2150 above a Sport) adds 18-inch alloys, half-leather upholstery and S line specific exterior and interior styling.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The main rivals are the rear-wheel drive BMW 1 Series, the prettier Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the enemy within: the cheaper Volkswagen Golf MkVII.

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m3-saloon/20529/all-new-bmw-m3-competition-revealed-an-icon-reborn
BMW M3 saloon

All-new BMW M3 Competition revealed – an icon reborn

This is the all-new BMW M3 Competition saloon which will join the M4 Competition coupe in BMW M’s new M3/4 family
23 Sep 2020
Visit/honda/civic-type-r/203112/honda-civic-type-r-gt-2020-review-still-king-of-the-hot-hatch-crop
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

Honda Civic Type R GT 2020 review – still king of the hot hatch crop?

Subtle tweaks have made the Type R an even more formidable hot hatch, but we’re keen to try one again soon to understand fully the changes to the susp…
22 Sep 2020
Visit/bmw/m4/22869/all-new-bmw-m4-competition-revealed-next-generation-super-coupe-debuts
BMW M4

All-new BMW M4 Competition revealed – next generation super coupe debuts

The new BMW M4 Competition applies its war paint, but there’s no manual coming to the UK
23 Sep 2020
Visit/hyundai/202950/updated-hyundai-i30-n-revealed-with-optional-dual-clutch-box
Hyundai i30 N

Updated Hyundai i30 N revealed with optional dual-clutch ‘box

It was the hot hatch that upset the status quo, and now the i30 N is back with more power and tech
24 Sep 2020