Review: Audi A3 Sportback (2004 – 2012)

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Quality feel from behind the wheel. More practical and spacious than standard A3. Impressive choice of engines including excellent TFSI turbocharged petrols.

Standard equipment on entry-level models not generous. Most engines belt cam. Oil pump problems with 2.0 diesel.

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5 October 2016

Clicking noise reported from front suspension of 24k mile 2011 Audi A3 Sportback 1.2TSI, still under warranty. Found to be failed strut top bearing that was replaced under warranty. 10k miles and 18... Read more

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11 August 2012

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Audi A3 Sportback (2004 – 2012): At A Glance

The Audi A3 Sportback of 2004 is a 5-door version of the A3 hatchback that ran from 2008 to 2012.

The obvious benefit is the extra practicality of two more doors that enables elderly people to enter and leave the rear of the car and, of course, turns settling an infant in a child seat from a back-straining exersise to a simple, easy, straigntforward and safe job.

What does a Audi A3 Sportback (2004 – 2012) cost?

List Price from £22,725
Buy new from £17,075
Contract hire from £214.91 per month
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Real MPG average for a Audi A3 Sportback (2004 – 2012)

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Average performance

79%

Real MPG

21–64 mpg

MPGs submitted

366

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What sporty, 5-door, reliable cars could you recommend?

Our 12 year old Audi A3 2.0 TDI Sportback has done 100,000 miles, so will be going, and we need a third car to back up our Ford S-Max 2.0 Ecoboost and Porsche Cayman GTS. The front runner is a Mazda 3 2.0 165 Sport, which you report very favourably on. It will be for general/family use (we have 3 kids: aged six, eight and ten) and Drivethedeal can supply one for under £20,000. Are there any other suggestions that should be considered for a sporty, five-door, good to drive, reliable car? We wouldn't touch VWG at the moment and a Ford Fiesta ST would be nearly perfect except it may be a bit small. Secondly, if we go for the Mazda, I cannot find any mention on the Michelin site that they do 18-inch cross-climates (which the Mazda rides on).
You can get Cross Climates in 205/60 R16, which is the other size on the Mazda 3, but the Michelin site becomes very frustrating looking for 18-inch whether you just look for tyre size or try to input the actual car. You're obviously looking for a bit of power, but we had huge fun in the low power Mazda 3, though admittedly in Northern Scotland on almost empty roads: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/mazda/mazda-3-2017-road-test/?
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