Audi A3 Sportback (2004–2012)

Model History

September 2004

Very attractive five door version of A3 with same engine and transmission line-up. 4,203mm long x 1,765mm wide. In UK from September 2004. New engines include a 200PS turbocharged 2.0FSI DSG that does 0-60 in 6.8 seconds and 146mph. 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions. 6-speed DSG or Tiptronic autoboxes. 3 Euro trim levels: Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente. Luggage compartment 20 litres bigger than 3-dr, giving 1,120 litres with back seat folded. Has an underfloor spare wheel, not Tyrefit. £500 more than A3 3-doors.

May 2006

New 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI engine with piezo injection technology and Diesel Particulate Filter offered in addition to existing 140PS. Available with quattro and front-drive and with either standard six-speed manual transmission or optional S-tronic twin clutch automatic (formerly called DSG).

2.0 TDI PD 170PS @ 4,200rpm, 320Nm from 1,750rpm to 2,500rpm

A3 2.0 TDI: 0-62mph in 8.2 secs (2.0 TDI quattro 7.8 secs), top speed 138mph (2.0 TDI quattro 136mph), combined mpg 48.7 (2.0 TDI quattro 44.1), C02 output 157g/km (2.0 TDI quattro 173g/km)

August 2006

New 1.4 TFSI replaces 1.6FSI on standard, SE and S line trim priced from £16,865 OTR. First deliveries in October. 125PS @ 5,000rpm (v/s 1.6 FSI 115PS @ 5,800rpm), 200Nm @ 1,500rpm (v/x 1.6 FSI 155Nm @ 4,000rpm). 0-60mph in 9.3 secs, top speed 126mph, combined mpg 43.5, CO2 154g/km (v/s A3 1.6 FSI 10.9 secs, 122mph, 42.8mpg, 158g/km)

December 2006

New four-cylinder 1.8-litre Turbo FSI petrol engine with 160PS @ 5,000 - 6,200rpm and 250Nm @ 1,500 - 4,200rpm for A3 models. Available with manual and S tronic transmissions. A3 1.8 TFSI priced from £18,100 OTR, 0-62mph in 8.0 seconds, top speed 136mph, combined MPG 38.6, C02 174g/km.

August 2009

Audi A3 and A3 Sportback 1.2 TFSI. Designed from scratch, the new 1.2 4-cylinder TFSI generates 105PS from a displacement of 1,197 cm3. And as is typical of Audi, turbocharging and direct petrol injection once again work in harmony to maximise efficiency. Thanks to an aluminium crankcase, this engine weighs just 89.5 kilograms; this remarkably low weight also boosts its efficiency.

The 1.2 TFSI has been optimized to minimize friction. Single camshaft operating eight valves. A common-rail system injects the fuel. An electric control valve operates the turbocharger's wastegate valve; boost pressure builds up spontaneously and scavenging losses drop. 175 Nm (129.07 lb.-ft.) of torque between just 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. It propels the Sportback 1.2 TFSI from 0 to 62mph in 11.3 seconds, top speed of 118mph and can return up to 51.3mpg (combined cycle), while emitting just 127 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The new engine will initially be paired with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

November 2009

A3 2.0 TDI Sportback gains start-stop and recuperating alternator of 1.4 TFSI and 1.6 TDI models. A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI with start-stop - 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds, top speed 130mph, combined mpg 64.2 (previously 55.4mpg), CO2 115g/km (previously 134g/km). 1.6 TDIs have outputs of as little as 109g/km.

May 2012

Audi revised its recommendation for timing belt replacement on the 200PS 2.0 TSI engine to be 75,000 miles or 5 years whichever comes soonest.

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

List Price from £30,564
Buy new from £28,801
Contract hire from £219.18 per month