A brief look at the Audi A3

A brief look at the Audi A3

Even the most dedicated Audi fan would not say that the A3 was spectacularly head-turning; however, this has not stopped it being a massive international seller. For what is a relatively cheap price (£19,000), what you buy into is a beautifully-designed car built to a high standard.

Whoever had the brainwave of taking a Volkswagen Golf and badging it as an Audi, after some tinkering, was an absolute genius. Since its introduction this car has dominated the market for compact premium hatchbacks and it is not too difficult to understand why. This is a luxury car that mainstream motorists can afford. Even though the A3's BMW and Mercedes class rivals are more exciting to drive, Audi has stuck to a winning formula and it has paid off. There have been spin-offs in the shape of a cabriolet and a five-door Sportback, with front-wheel and 4WD, manual transmission and S tronic also available. There is a range of petrol turbocharged engines, diesels, and even the e-tron hybrid plug-in. If there is not an A3 that suits you perfectly, you are either too picky or don't have a licence.

If you are still not convinced about how good the A3 is, take a look inside the cabin. Here you will see that in its class the A3 beats all its rivals. The 1.4-litre manual also has great economy at 60.1mpg. Its closest rivals are the Mercedes A-Class and the BMW 1-Series.