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Audi A3 Sportback: UK Review

If you're looking for a family hatchback with arresting looks and technological advancements, this may be the car for you.

This review of the Audi A3 Sportback highlights its practicality, safety features, engine specifications, and price in the United Kingdom.

Audi A3 Style Greets Sportback Versatility

It definitely has that "sporty" look and feel, and the 5-door hatchback design means it's practical.

The Audi A3 Sportback is spacious with a range of interior refinements (driver-oriented tech features). Even so, it's pitching against a number of popular rivals, including:

The list of Audi SUV models is comprehensive. But, they decided to drop the three-door variant. Hence, the A3 is only available as either the five-door hatchback Sportback or the four-door saloon.

A3 Engine Specifications

The engines for the fourth generation (model code 8Y; 2020 onwards) include the standard 110hp 1.0-litre petrol (badged as the 30 TFSI) and a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol unit (the 35 TFSI).

If you prefer to get some of the benefits of running a diesel car, the 30TDI is a 116hp 2.0-litre diesel. Plus, Audi badged the 2.0-litre 150hp diesel as the 35 TDI.

Unlike the Audi A1 Sportback, the A3 has a petrol plug-in hybrid version with an electric driving range of forty one (41) miles.

Convincing Driving Performance

The A3 Sportback takes 8.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour, with an impressive 150 PS (metric measure of horsepower).

You can use Audi drive select to tailor a choice of driving modes. The S line trim has sport suspension, resulting in the feeling of being close to the road.

Here's the thing:

The outcome of the new dynamic lines and sporty touches is a single frame grille flanked by air inlets and flared wheel arches. The compactness continues with the rear sloping roofline.

Aluminium window trims and LED headlights are standard features. Plus, the S line styling gets S line bumpers and badging, privacy glass, and chrome tailpipes.

The 2024 Audi A3 Sportback is equipped with 17-inch 5-spoke design alloy wheels. The Black Edition gets larger 19-inch wheels in matt grey.

Audi A3 Sportback Dimensions

Check our Audi A1 review and you'll see that the latest A3 is slightly longer and wider. The outcome is marginal space improvements for the driver and passengers.

Audi A3 Sportback Review and Price in the United KingdomTechnical Data S Line 35 TFSI S Tronic

Almost any review of the A3 Sportback is going to rate the spaciousness and comfort as an obvious positive. But, Audi's design team has managed to increase the maximum luggage capacity to 1,220 litres (i.e. with folded down seats).

Audi A3 Sportback Interior Trim

Some of the extra levels of comfort in the cabin come from precise climate control. The 3-zone electronic climate control means you can adjust the temperature zones for the driver and passengers.

Furthermore, the LED ambient lighting, and 3-spoke leather steering wheel, results in a driving atmosphere that's visually appealing.

But wait - there's more:

Almost any Audi A3 review would agree there's enough room for five (5) passengers. Plus, the 2024 A3 Sportback model has ISOFIX child seat mounting and 380 litres of space in the boot.

The drive is also comforted by the heated front sport seats with electric lumbar support. Buy the S line model and you get twin leather with an embossed S logo and privacy glass.

Audi A3 Sportback Optional Pack

Choosing to upgrade with the Technology Pack Pro means you'll get a panoramic glass sunroof, a futuristic head-up display, as well as:

Note: Using the myAudi app means Audi tech is a seamless experience between the car, your Smartphone, and the internet. For example, it has remote control locking, fuel level checks, electric range, and charging time.

Audi Connect Infotainment

The system includes a 10.1 inch Multi-Media Interface (MMI) colour touch screen display that delivers an extended range of entertainment and information to your fingertips. Some of the top features and functions include:

Pro Tip: Drivers can better maintain the lane (and keep a safe distance) using the adaptive cruise control. Plus, Audi pre-sense front can identify critical situations that may involve pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles.

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Audi A1 Sportback Price in the United Kingdom2024 Audi A3 Sportback OTR Starting Price in the United Kingdom: £32,610*

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