Review: Audi A3 Sportback

MAKE AND MODEL:

Audi A3 Sportback

ENGINE SIZE:

2.0L

OVERVIEW: 

The Audi A3 is an overall neat and tidy looking vehicle with CO2 emissions varying according to engine size of 99-129g/km. The Sportback version is noticeable longer in body length and benefits from extra boot space and overall passenger leg room.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – EXTERIOR:

The model we tested had sporty alloy wheels giving the vehicle a great first impression. The roof bar made the car look extremely stream lined making it look like an item of real craftsmanship and quality.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – INTERIOR:

The inside is very minimalistic with only  a few gadgets and dials, the Multi Media Interface lets you control the majority of the functions centrally so there is little distraction whilst driving. The display is extremely clear, that clear you think it is a touch screen rather than just a display screen. Overall the cabin is elegant, well built and ergonomically excellent.

PERFORMANCE: 

The 2.0l engine provides extremely strong performance and under strong acceleration is still very quiet and fun to drive.  The vehicle provides strong grip on the road, smooth transition between gear changes and bear minimum vibration fed back through the steering. The road handling makes you feel exceptionally safe and secure.

PRACTICALITY:

The extra leg room and boot capacity makes it great for any family looking for a new car for this purpose. But, fitting a pushchair and shopping at the same time was a tight squeeze. For a family with older children the extra space inside is perfect.

RIVALS:

Ford Focus, SEAT Leon, BMW 1 Series

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

Visually, it is very similar to a Leon, the drive is comfortable and spacious making those long journeys much more bearable. It is perfect for family with older children.

SCORE (OUT OF 10):

a3

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