Our 2023 Audi A3 Sportback Review

By Libby Foster
Our 2023 Audi A3 Sportback Review
You're either incredibly close to the Audi A3 Sportback or a member of the team that designs Audi vehicles if your first thought upon seeing it is "Lamborghini Countach." They cite the angular Italian supercar as one of the influences for the design of this family hatchback. Taking the marketing hype with a grain of salt, it's evident that the A3 Sportback's designers opted for progression rather than revolution.

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Of course, an evolutionary process to this car is not a terrible thing. Admittedly, the previous-generation A3 had been among the best family sedans of the previous decade. It was unrivalled in every way, and even after its existence, it won group tests against younger opponents. So, how impressive is the new Audi A3 Sportback? Let's figure it out together.

Audi A3 Sportback Drive

The petrol engines in the Audi A3 Sportback begin with the 109bhp 1.0-litre 30 TFSI. It's fine if you don't go with a full car and mostly potter around town. It can handle motorways, but you'll have to crank it up and change gears more frequently than with the 35 TFSI. That's not much more costly than the 30 TFSI, and with 1.5 litres and 148bhp, it's feistier, pulling generously from around 2000 rpm and spinning effortlessly to the engine's red line. It can manage 0-60 mph in a respectable 8.0 seconds (with a manual transmission) and feels more lively than a BMW 1 Series 118i.

There are also two plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) in the lineup: the 40 TFSIe (our favourite) and the 45 TFSIe. The 201bhp 40 TFSIe accelerates quickly from 0 to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds. Performance is slower but still satisfactory in electric-only mode, and it can supposedly travel up to 40 miles on power alone. It won't get there, but it did go further than the VW Golf GTE. The Mercedes A-Class A250e has the longest electric range of the three, going a few miles further than the A3.

Audi A3 Sportback Interior 

With a front armrest as a standard feature and plenty of steering and seat adjustment, the Audi A3 Sportback offers a comfortable driving position. The sole complaint is that four-way powered lumbar adjustment is an option only if you choose the top-of-the-line Edition 1 trim. It can help on lengthy journeys and is not expensive, so we'd suggest adding it.

Since the dashboard's centre area is tilted towards the driver, all the frequently used controls and screens are visible and simple to access. The climate controls on the A3 are straightforward physical switches, which makes them far simpler to operate than the touch-sensitive ones on the VW Golf.

Audi A3 Sportback

The standard digital instrument display for the Audi Virtual Cockpit presents all of your driving data on a clear, 10.3-inch screen with a choice of layouts. An improved Plus version with a 12.3-inch screen is available with Edition 1 trim.

Audi A3 Sportback Space 

Tall adults may comfortably fit in the front seats of the Audi A3 Sportback with enough leg and shoulder room, and even someone over six feet tall will have enough headroom. You should have enough room in the back of the A3 if you are over six feet tall, but you won't exactly be able to spread out in luxury. The BMW 1 Series offers somewhat greater space in the back, while the Mercedes A-Class offers almost the same. The backseats of the less expensive Ford Focus, Seat Leon, and Skoda Octavia are all significantly larger.

The A3's tailboard aperture is sizeable, and the square area it displays is about the same size as the boot of the BMW 1 Series. Each of them has space for five carry-on bags under its parcel shelves. Six is one more than that for the (non-PHEV) Mercedes A-Class, but that is still far behind the Octavia, the family car load-lugging champion.

Our Verdict 

The interior and general polish of the A3 isn't as high-quality as those of the previous model, but it still boasts a pleasant interior, a fun driving experience, room for the whole family, and a variety of powerful petrol, diesel, and hybrid engines. We suggest the 40 TFSIe due to its performance, inexpensive company car tax, and electric range. It's one of the best plug-in vehicles available and a good vehicle in and of itself.

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