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Audi A3 Sportback 1.0 TFSI 2017 review

EXPERT RATING
7.4
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.

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.

MORE: Read the full Audi A3 2017 review

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.

Verdict

The A3 Sportback 1.0 TFSI may be one of the most affordable Audis on the market, but it’s every bit an Audi with its prestige looks, refined interior and comfortable ride. That 1.0-litre engine is a little cracker and fuel efficient, too. Add the practicality the Sportback brings, plus a decent amount of standard equipment and this is also a versatile, good value-for-money option in the A3 Sportback range.

Click here for more 2017 Audi A3 Sportback pricing and spec info.

Does the A3 Sportback 1.0 TFSI put Audi on your want list? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Pricing Guides

$34,990
Based on 46 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$27,800
Highest Price
$51,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
1.4 TFSI S TRONIC COD 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $39,880 – 44,990 2017 AUDI A3 2017 1.4 TFSI S TRONIC COD Pricing and Specs
2.0 TFSI S TRONIC QUATTRO SPRT 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $41,140 – 48,400 2017 AUDI A3 2017 2.0 TFSI S TRONIC QUATTRO SPRT Pricing and Specs
2.0 TFSI S TRONIC SPORT 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $38,940 – 45,760 2017 AUDI A3 2017 2.0 TFSI S TRONIC SPORT Pricing and Specs
2.0 TFSI SPORT S TRONIC SPORT 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $38,500 – 45,320 2017 AUDI A3 2017 2.0 TFSI SPORT S TRONIC SPORT Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.4
Richard Berry
Senior Journalist

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