Auto Review: 2020 Audi A3 Sportback

As we slide into a new decade, we’re celebrating by testing the 2020 Audi A3 Sportback, and while cars from Deutschland have long oozed reliability, we wanted to see what would make you choose this sporty and sassy vehicle over the others.

There is just something about sitting in the driver’s seat of the Sportback that makes sense. It’s a combination of the leather seats, the grey and black tones of the dash, and the silver vent trims, that makes it all very tasteful.

As you start the engine via the push button ignition, the hidden multimedia display rises from the dash seamlessly, letting you know it’s ready to go. An all-digital instrument cluster can be customised too, to suit your preferences.

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It’s all about the experience with this Audi, and everything is laid out to give real-time information that allows for maximum attention to the road. There’s dual cup holders in the centre console and a charging plate discreetly positioned under the arm rest.

Two USB connections complement the rest of the conveniences up front, and there’s some nice creative touches to the main infotainment system, including a reminder you’ve left your phone on charge, and song titles that also make it over to the instrument cluster.

The multimedia screen can also be managed via a centrally located dial, with your left hand, giving you access to audio, navigation and some of the functionality from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

This is increasingly important for safety and abiding by the law when it comes to the increasing need for hands-free controls. Overall, the classiness of this German can certainly be felt throughout the Sportback.

It’s a sporty hatch that’s bigger than its A1 baby sibling, offering potential as a smaller family car, thanks to its ability to accommodate two child seats in the rear, and the manually adjustable seats make it comfortable for two adults in the front.

Travelling long distance with a car full of adults may not be so much fun, but the rear seats do benefit from dual zone climate control. A 380-litre boot capacity also means a large and small suitcase can fit together comfortably.

With 60/40 split-folding rear seats, the option is also there to load up bulky shopping items or sporting equipment. The 2020 Audi A3 Sportback is a zippy city vehicle, that also performs well on the open road.

Its capability is thanks to to the Audi TFSI direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, offering higher power and greater fuel efficiency. We tested the 35 TFSI S-tronic, which offers 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque.

It accelerates from 0-100km/h in 8.2 seconds, but if you want something quicker, the S3 can throw you to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds. It’s a pleasurable driving experience, with impressive fuel consumption of just 5.1-litres/100km.

The Tango Red metallic paintwork and the 17-inch alloys our A3 Sportback oozed a sporty and fun feel, while also complementing the Audi trims across the body. There’s also lighting within the door frame to guide you in and out during the darker hours.

Other safety features include Audi’s pre-sense city package, which includes autonomous emergency braking, which operates at speeds up to 65km/h. It comes with a 3-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, and roadside assist.

Other than our Tango Red test vehicle, it’s also available in Brilliant Black, Ibis White, Cosmos Blue, Floret Silver, Glacier White, Monsoon Grey, Mythos Black, Nano Grey and crystal effect Ara Blue.

It’s priced at just shy of $46,000 drive away, and there are four add-on equipment packages that can option in such things as Audi Matrix LED headlights or a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system with integrated LED lighting accents.

Personally, the panoramic glass sunroof would be a serious contender for this author. There is also the option of adding the quattro all-wheel drive package, should you wish to make your 2020 Audi A3 Sportback a little more all-terrain friendly.

Our test vehicle was provided by Audi Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Audi A3 Sportback, contact your local Audi dealer.

2020 Audi A3 Sportback
2020 Audi A3 Sportback


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros - the look of the A3; easy-to-use infotainment system; TFSI engine performance.
Cons - warranty length; space in the rear seat for larger humans; price compared to similar German rivals.
Shawna Murray
Shawna Murray
Shawna Murray grew up at a time when owning a Holden Gemini was a thing. Her first car was a VN Commodore and she has been known to take to Germany's autobahn just to dry her hair. She's a little bit crazy about cars, but in a good way, we promise.



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<strong>Pros -</strong> the look of the A3; easy-to-use infotainment system; TFSI engine performance.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> warranty length; space in the rear seat for larger humans; price compared to similar German rivals.Auto Review: 2020 Audi A3 Sportback