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A review of the Audi A3 Sportback

Although the Audi A3 Sportback has 5 doors and the length has been extended by over 3cm’s to give improved room in the rear seats and the boot, you may be tempted to now think of it as a long-wheelbase, this car is nothing of the sort.

The Sportback isn’t just longer but also a fraction wider and higher too. In the showroom Audi are expectiing it to outsell the standard A3 two to one, so although the 3 door was launched first, if you were to regard one as the niche product, it shouldn’t be the Sportback.

However while the Sportback maybe slightly larger than the 3 door A3, by no means does that make it a large car. To give some comparison the BMW 1-series is larger overall and in wheelbase.

What we have here then is the most mainstream of Audis, a car that is designed to target and tempt young families into switching to the Audi brand and provide good enough looks and class to make them never want to leave the Audi family.

The range consists of a choice of 1.4 or 1.8-litre petrol engines and a 1.6 and 2.0-litre selection of diesels, with all being turbocharged. Then you have the 3 Audi equipment grades – SE, Sport and S-line. prices begin at £19,825 for a 1.4 SE petrol to £26,980 for a 2.0 TDI S-line.