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Audi A3 Hatchback full 9 point review

  • Performance

    5 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadThe 123bhp 1.4 petrol is plenty quick enough to keep most drivers entertained, while the 148bhp 1.4 is brisk and flexible, and offers exceptional running costs thanks to its cylinder shut-off technology. If you want more performance, the 178bhp 1.8 feels genuinely quick. The 148bhp diesel is happy to pull from below 1500rpm, and while the 108bhp 1.6 isn’t as punchy, it's still flexible enough.

  • Ride & Handling

    5 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadThere are three suspension settings: SE, lower Sport and lower-still S line. For us, the SE’s standard suspension provides the best balance, and the good news is that you can specify it at no extra cost with every trim level. It’s still slightly firm, but it’s not uncomfortable and the car changes direction eagerly. There’s plenty of grip, too, and the steering is precise.

  • Refinement

    5 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadAll the versions we’ve tried are impressively refined at a steady cruise, with a touch of wind noise from around the door mirrors the only thing disturbing the peace. The dual-clutch S tronic gearbox disappoints, though, delivering jerky shifts when left in automatic mode. It’s much smoother when you take control using the gearlever or the steering wheel-mounted paddles.