Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI COD S tronic arrives wearing a sticker price of $39,900 (though a number of options on our test vehicle increased that to $46,850), making it the third-cheapest in the A3 family, sitting above the diesel-powered model ($38,500) and the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol ($35,900).
You can expect a pretty comprehensively equipped offering, even at this end of the A3 range, with 17-inch alloys (though ours had optional 18-inch wheels fitted), LED DRLs and silver roof rails. Inside, you’ll find a seven-inch infotainment screen that’s Bluetooth-equipped but misses out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is paired with an eight-speaker stereo. Your seats are leather-feel, your entry is keyless and your cruise control is, well, cruisy.