Audi A3 Sportback (2004 – 2012) Review

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Audi A3 Sportback (2004 – 2012) At A Glance

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.

Insurance Groups are between 14–29
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

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.

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Real MPG average for a Audi A3 Sportback (2004 – 2012)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

21–64 mpg

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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:
Answered by Honest John
Best wheel size for winter tyres for Audi A3?
I want to buy a set of steel wheels with winter tyres for my 2005 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Sportback quattro, which currently has 18-inch rims on. Will 16-inch wheels with winter tyres fit my car?
Yes, no problem. But sensibly priced alloys such as Alutecs may actually be cheaper than steels. Check with And double-check with (this is actually a German company operating out of a URL).
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Noisy Audi A3
My Audi A3 makes a lot of noise. It sounds like air rushing into the car from one of the windows (even though they are all shut) I have taken it back to the dealer and they fitted a new wheel bearing under warranty. The noise is no better. How do I get this fixed before my car's warranty runs out?
Get some painter's thick masking tape and tape the window up. If the noise disappears, it was coming from the window seals. If it doesn't, tape the door up. If the noise disappears it was coming from the door seal. You can find out where by removing bits of tape until the noise reappears.
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Buying a used Audi A3 1.6 TDI - What should I look out for?
I am planning to buy an Audi A3 2012 model with 1.6 TDI engine. What should I look out for when buying this car? Are there any specifiec issues with the 1.6 diesel engine?
Don't. This is a terrible engine and is the engine responsible for the NOx emissions scandal. They regularly need new EGRs. And VAG's programme to correct the emissions software and modify the engines has not yet extended to the EA189 1.6TDI. That said, there is nothing wrong with the subsequent EA288 1.6TDI engine (from late 2012 in the MQB cars) that employs manifold in head technology and is genuinely one of the lowest available for NOx emissions. For more, see all the VAG entries in Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen.
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What does a Audi A3 Sportback (2004 – 2012) cost?

Buy new from £19,658 (list price from £23,085)
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