2021 Audi A3 1.5 Sportback Review: Triple Threat

Ben Chia

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1. Introduction
2. Design and Interior
3. Driving Experience
4. Conclusion and Competition

Conclusion and Competition

While it’s natural to look at the A3 in comparison with its platform siblings, the A3 really competes against the likes of the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The recently-introduced BMW 116i is somewhere around the A3’s price point, but its COE Cat A status means that it loses out in terms of outright performance.

The A-Class offers more variant options, but commands a higher entry price point. To get a similar level of performance as the A3, one has to reach for the A 200 at least, which retails for some 20 grand more than the Audi. Viewed in that respect, the A3 does prove remarkable value when stacked up against its premium rivals.

The Audi A3 has definitely earned its premium status, but it also illustrates how the Volkswagen Group has managed to utilise a same basic basket of ingredients to deliver a variety of significantly different experiences. Depending on your budget, requirements and desires, there’s essentially something for everyone.

The A3 clearly caters to those who want something that’s sporty in character and offers a premium experience. Instead of seeing it as a more expensive Golf, consider it instead as a relatively affordable premium fun hatch. When viewed through that lens, the A3 is very much well worth the money indeed.

Audi A3 Sportback 1.5 TFSI

Engine1,498cc, inline 4, turbocharged
Power150hp at 5000-6000rpm
Torque250Nm at 1500-3500rpm
Gearbox7-speed dual-clutch
0-100km/h8.4 seconds
Top Speed224km/h
VES BandingA2 / -S$15,000
Fuel Efficiency4.8L/100km
AgentPremium Automobiles
PriceS$166,140 with COE
Verdict:New A3 Sportback delivers an impressively sporty driving experience, and is excellent value

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About the Author

Ben Chia

CarBuyer's print editor went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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