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Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI COD 2017 review

Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI COD 2017
EXPERT RATING
7.5
The world is awash with stereotypes, and Audi drivers cop it hard. TT? Deep-pocketed hairdressers. R8? Deeper-pocketed mid-life-crisis-ists. A8? Jason Statham wannabes. A3? Bought by everyone else.

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.

Verdict

Good looking, engaging and with plenty of space inside, the A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI COD S tronic is a tempting premium proposition. And it’s more tempting still if you’re willing to tick a couple of options boxes along the way, and pay a bit extra.

Pricing Guides

$33,990
Based on 36 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$25,990
Highest Price
$41,999

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
1.4 TFSI S TRONIC COD 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $41,990 – 41,999 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 $40,810 – 48,070 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 $38,610 – 45,430 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 $38,280 – 45,100 2017 AUDI A3 2017 2.0 TFSI SPORT S TRONIC SPORT Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.5
Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist

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