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Audi A3 (4th, 8Y) Review Rundown

AudiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent build quality
  • New safety and connectivity features
Cons**
  • 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[*] 50%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The A3 looks smart, has a practical interior, offers decent performance and manages stable, secure dynamics. The 2.0-litre engine isn’t RDE2-compliant, so it gets slapped with a 4% benefit-in-kind surcharge when diesel versions of the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class don't. But there’s enough to like about the A3 to make it recommendable.
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Pros[**]
  • Decent practicality
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Diesel engine isn’t the best

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The 40 TFSIe Sportback is a plug-in hybrid and has a 1.4-litre petrol engine producing 148bhp. An electric motor adds an additional 107bhp and 243lb ft. The 0-62mph sprint takes 7.6sec, so not quite up there with the Mercedes-Benz A250e. A truer Audi rival to the Stuttgart car will arrive next year.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Powerful diesel engine
Cons[**]
  • Ride quality could be better
  • Some road noise

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
From launch, one of the more popular options is likely to be the car driven here, the 35 TFSI. It uses the VW Group's 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, developing 148bhp and 250Nm torque. As ever, a sporty S3 version is also available, and an RS 3 with a five-cylinder engine will arrive in 2021.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • Lack of hybrid assistance

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The A3 PHEV uses well known VW Group technology. At its heart is a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 148bhp, and an electric motor contributes a further 107bhp. The total system power is rated at 201bhp and 350Nm of torque – enough for 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful hybrid powertrain
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent tech
Cons[**]
  • Slightly stiff ride
  • Not the best on UK roads

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 56%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
All engines in the Audi A3 range are four-cylinder turbocharged units. Performance is strong across the range, with only a handful of models unable to complete the 0-62mph sprint in less than 10 seconds. The S3 is better, possibly because your expectations are set lower to begin with, but it can do 90 per cent of what the RS 3 can do for significantly less cash. We'd still opt for a VW Golf R, however.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent ride quality
Cons[**]
  • Engine rattles under acceleration
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals

carmagazine[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The TFSIe 40 is a plug-in hybrid version of Audi's popular and premium A3. It has a 1.4-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. Official electric range is 40 miles, but take that with a pinch of salt. Infotainment is brilliant, and comes with a 10.25-inch or 12.3-inch screen. But the loss of boot space really hampers everyday practicality.
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Pros[**]
  • Fun to drive
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Good range
Cons[**]
  • Lack of practicality
  • Pricier than other A3s

carwow[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Sporty interior
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Some materials don’t feel supercar-posh

hifinews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from hifinews have found the following[***]:
The Meitner MA3 is one of the finest DACs at its price. It offers a taste of the best high-end designs in a slightly slightly opulent and flexible package. The DAC is great at tracking the dynamics of a recording, too. The vocals on 'Wake Up' sounded expressive and lucid.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive detail and dynamic articulation
  • Great value for money
Cons[**]
  • Digital audio can sound closed-in

References

1. ^ Audi A3 Sportback 35 TDI S Line 2020 UK review. autocar. 2020-08-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSIe 2020 UK review. autocar. 2020-12-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ New Audi A3 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-08-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New Audi A3 40 TFSI e 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-02-11 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
5. ^ Used Audi A3 (Mk3, 2012-2020) review. autoexpress. 2021-10-22 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
7. ^ Audi A3 Sportback Review. carwow. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Meitner Audio MA3 Network-Attached DAC. hifinews. 2021-10-07 Retrieved 2021-11-08.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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