This new generation of Audi A3 Sportback seems like it could be the best A3 of all at first glance. However, after a bit of poking and prodding, does the new A3 actually fall down a bit? In this new review from Carwow, we get to see just how good the A3 is on the road and in reality.
On the outside, the Audi A3 Sportback is a great looking car and that stays true even up close. However, it does have some vent fakery that does sort of diminish its good looks a bit. It’s still a sharp looking car but all of its fake vents are frustrating. None are more egregious than the fake exhausts, though. Either put nothing there or real exhausts; fake ones are inexcusable.
The cabin of the Audi A3 Sportback is actually what lets the car down a bit. It looks good and has nice tech but its quality is questionable in some areas and there are some annoying ergonomic bits, such as the shiny bit of plastic that regularly shines reflections into the driver’s eyes.
No complaints in terms of performance or driving, though. Sure, the week model in this video could only hit 60 mph in over nine seconds, which is shockingly slow, but there are faster models available. This one had a manual gearbox, though, something we’re very jealous of. It also had enough power for passing maneuvers and returned 44 mpg.
Where the Audi A3 Sportback shines most is on the road. It features a surprisingly supple and comfortable suspension, without ever feeling overly soft. Steering is good and turn-in is sharp, followed by a surprising amount of grip. You can chuck the A3 into corners at surprising speeds and it will grip, stick and go. We can only imagine how fun the Audi S3 will be.
Overall, though, Watson felt that the interior annoyances keep it from being a home-run, buy-it-now type deal. Instead, it’s a good car that demands consideration when buying in the segment but it might not be best for you.