The automotive world is awash with cruel stereotypes, and Audi drivers get more than their fair share. Audi TT? Bought by deep-pocketed hairdressers. The R8? Even deeper-pocketed mid-life-crisis sufferers. A8? Jason Statham wannabes.

But the Audi A3? Well, that’s bought by everyone else.

The unsung hero of the Audi lineup is actually the brand’s best-selling model in Australia (by a country mile, no less), shifting almost twice as many units as its nearest competitor, and more than 6,500 total in 2016.

The A3 range was overhauled last year, with Audi stealing technology and features from its more expensive models - including its impressive virtual cockpit - and refreshing the exterior styling in an effort to keep its most popular model exactly that. 

So we spent a week with the $39,900 A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI COD S tronic (catchy, no?) to see how it measures up.

The Sportback - a kind of cross between a hatchback and a wagon. The Sportback - a kind of cross between a hatchback and a wagon.