Richard Berry investigates the entry point of Audi's Australian A3 range in the shape of the new Sportback 1.0 TFSI.  His road test and review includes specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

The A3 Sportback isn't really a hatch, nor is it a wagon, it's something in-between – a hagon? Whatever it is, it's the best-selling type of Audi in Australia and one of the most affordable models.

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At the end of 2016 Audi made the A3 Sportback even more affordable when it launched a variant with a new engine – a 1.0-litre three cylinder. Yes, that's tiny. A lot of motorbikes have bigger engines.

Audi isn't the only prestige brand now putting little engines into cars – Mini's five door hatch and BMW's 118i both have three-cylinders.

We road tested the new Audi A3 Sportback 1.0 TFSI and submitted it to everything from trips to the supermarket and day-care drop-offs to country road flings. So does less engine make it less capable? Why does it come with clothing in a tiny drawer under the back seat? Oh, and if you're an Olympic swimmer you'll love the front seats.