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Audi A3 (4th, 8Y) Review Rundown

AudiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Audi A3 Sportback (4th gen, Typ 8Y)
Neoscore* 61%
  • Excellent build quality
  • New safety and connectivity features
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The Audi A3 Sportback is the car that kick-started the posh family hatchback class. It has now entered its fourth generation, bringing with it a mildly revised exterior, a heavily updated interior and a raft of new safety and connectivity features. Audi has elected to initially launch the new A3 with a choice of two engines: a 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol four-pot badged 35 TFSI. The diesel is mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 46%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
After 24 years, the Audi A3 Sportback has become a pretty recognisable sight here in Britain. The car that arguably kick-started the posh family hatchback class has entered its fourth generation. It has a mildly revised exterior, a heavily updated interior and a raft of new safety and connectivity features to help give it an edge over its arch-rivals.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of standard safety and connectivity features
  • Decent infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
The 40 TFSIe Sportback has a 1.4-litre petrol engine producing 148bhp. An electric motor adds an additional 107bhp and 243lb ft. The car starts automatically in electric mode. Although the claimed range is 37 miles, ours read only a theoretical 25 with a full battery. The A3's tyres aren't massive (225/40 R18) but the chunter you hear as the car passes over UK's broken Tarmac is in stark contrast to the whisper-quiet motor.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful electric motor
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Superb ride quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Audi A3 slots neatly into the premium hatchback market with high quality, good refinement and a price that makes it a very competitive offering for anyone after this sort of car. From the outside, the mild design changes won't immediately grasp current A3 owners, but the interior revolution certainly catches the eye. The underpinnings of the Mk4 car are carried over from the outgoing A3, so it uses the latest version of the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality interior
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Good refinement
Cons[**]
  • Mild-hybrid power isn't for everyone

carwow[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
Lamborghini-inspired design, super-advanced tech, and a luxury interior. Its traditional alternatives are the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class. But the A3 actually shares plenty of parts with the new VW Golf, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia. It won the Best Family Car award in the 2021 carwow Car of the Year Awards.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Superb tech
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Some of the materials don't feel supercar-posh

references

  1. 1. ^ Audi A3 Sportback 35 TDI S Line 2020 UK review. Autocar. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSIe 2020 UK review. Autocar. 20 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ New Audi A3 2020 review. Autoexpress. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Audi A3 Sportback Review. Carwow. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  6. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  7. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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