Launched as a three-door hatchback, the third generation A3 range is available as a five-door Sportback and four-door saloon to directly rival the Mercedes-Benz CLA class. Starting off with a powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine the A3 will complete the benchmark sprint in 62mph in 10.3 seconds and has a top speed of 120mph.
Comparably the 1.6-litre TDI will reach 62mph in 10.7 seconds from a standing start and goes to a top speed of 121mph. Both models handle similarly to the A1 series and stack up against the rival Volvo V40.
The standout engine in the A3 series is the S3 2.0-litre TFSI which will get from zero 62mph in an impressive 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.