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Of the few premium hatchbacks on the market, the Audi A3 is arguably the best, and has been since first being launched in 1996. With an immaculately designed cabin which highlights just how good ergonomic simplicity can be, and a smooth ride which favours stability over agility, it is the comfort and refinement of the Audi A3 which makes it shine. The 2.0 TDi offers an ideal mix of performance and efficiency (all between 50 and 65mpg), while the petrol options up the power stakes for the speed-freaks. Its 365 litre boot might not be market leading, but it's the comfort and quality of the cabin rather than its ability to cart luggage around that makes it stand out.
Sturdy, refined, and with a touch of class, the Audi A3 is the perennial luxury hatchback, and has been the leader in its class since it was first release in 1996.
Although the first generation struggled to get off the ground, the subsequent two Audi has spawned has seen the car develop into a genuine class leader. Now into its third, it remains a car continually striving to offer a better drive, to be better equipped, and to continue its dominance of the premium hatchback market.
There's much to admire in the Audi A3, particularly in its third and latest generation. A mix of sophistication, economy and practicality, it sits on the border between the executive and a hatchback classes, adding a touch of luxury to the supermini market.
As a product of German manufacturing, the A3 is solid and well-built across all generations. Inside the A3 the feel is that of ergonomic simplicity, which while coming very well equipped (air conditioning, start/stop, colour screen trip computer all come as standard on the latest generation), does so in a tastefully refined way that focuses on quality finishings in every corner. This is nowhere as apparent as in the most recent generation, which manages to up the style and comfort levels of its predecessors without doing the same to the price tag. Passenger room is very good in the cabin while the boot, at 365 litres in the third generation (425, if you opt for the saloon), is adequate.
The A3 ride favours the comfortable and stable more than the exciting or particularly lively. The impressive grip and forgiving suspension found in the latest generation eradicates the earlier models' tendency to transfer the bumps and grinds in the roads a bit too easily. At high speed cruising it remains calm and comfortable, yet this can sometimes mean it isn't the sportiest hatchback on the market. However, that is not to say that it doesn't have any life, the 7.1 seconds it takes the 1.4 TFSI petrol to hit 62mph certainly doesn't make it a slouch.
Run costs remain good for a car of its size and quality, and are helped by the fact that there is a good range from which to choose. The second generation's 1.6 litre diesel offers CO2 emissions under the tax exempt 100g/km threshold, and returns of 74mpg. For a mix of power and efficiency however, the 2.0 diesel third generation car offers up 44bhp more with minimal penalties in terms of fuel efficiency - a claimed 68mpg.
Audi's reliability and safety record adds to the car's appeal, which in a relatively recently competitive market, puts it way ahead of its rivals in the premium hatchback market.
The Audi A3 was launched in 1996, and has consistently been one of the leading cars in the premium hatchback market.
Now in its third generation, there are a number of different models to choose from - all of which feature some of the very best equipment available on the market. Here are the latest generation's key models and their features.
Start/stop system, efficiency program in the Driver's Information System, 16" 10-spoke alloy wheels, electromechanical parking brake, 5.8" QVGA colour display screen, Audi Music Interface, radio with MMI control panel, Bluetooth connectivity, roof spoiler, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, air conditioning.
Start/stop system, efficiency program in the Driver's Information System, S Line unique styling, 18" five-parallel-spoke design alloy wheels, sports suspension, Audi Drive Select, electromechanical parking brake, 5.8" QVGA colour display screen, Audi Music Interface, radio with MMI control panel, Bluetooth connectivity, roof spoiler, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, dual zone climate control.
Start/stop system, efficiency program in the Driver's Information System, 17" five-arm design alloy wheels, sports suspension, Audi Drive Select, electromechanical parking brake, 5.8" QVGA colour display screen, Audi Music Interface, radio with MMI control panel, Bluetooth connectivity, roof spoiler, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, dual zone climate control.