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Efficient, easy to drive and oozing sophistication, the Audi A3 is a quintessential Audi. One of few true premium mid-sized hatchbacks available on today’s market, the A3 is undoubtedly right at the very top of its segment thanks to the focus on quality, performance, efficiency and elements of luxury you would expect from an Audi.

At Jardine Motors, you’ll find many approved used Audi A3 from which to choose, ranging from previous generation models to notable savings on nearly new models. You’ll also find plenty of A3 saloon options available in addition to our A3 hatchback range. Browse our online range of used Audi A3s for sale or visit your nearest Jardine Audi dealer today.

The History of the Audi A3

The Audi A3 was initially introduced to the world in 1996. The first Volkswagen Group model to be built on the A4 (PQ34) platform, the original A3 shared a number of close similarities with the Volkswagen Golf Mk4 which would be released a year later. A ‘sportier’ alternative to the VW Golf, the A3 quickly established itself as a player in the hatchback market – but it wasn’t until the release of the second generation that the A3 really took off.

The introduction of the five-door Sportback option in 2004 opened the door to the A3 becoming the mid-sized family hatchback it is today. Since then, Audi has continued to build on the A3’s consistent success with various releases – including two notable design overhauls in 2008 and 2016. In 2013, the new third-generation A3 took home What Car? Magazine’s ‘Car of the Year’ before winning the ‘World Car of the Year in 2014.

Since that third-generation release, the A3 has established itself as a class-leading hatchback, offering users a mix of economy, practicality and sophistication in a premium package.

Why Buy an Approved Used Audi A3?

Audi A3 cars are a product of German engineering. No matter what generation of used Audi A3 you buy, you’ll be getting a solid, well-built and high-quality car. As is the way with many Audis, the A3 is tailored more towards comfort and sensibility than that raw excitement and outright performance, but that’s what makes a preowned Audi A3 an ideal choice for those seeking a well-sized, premium family vehicle.

You can expect the same build quality, tech features and ergonomics from the A3 as you would in any Audi model, such as the A6 or the spacious Q5.

A perennial best-seller, too, the desirability around the Audi badge and the mainstream functionality of the car itself means that a used Audi A3 will retain its value better than other options in its class. Additionally, during your Audi A3 ownership, the low running costs and generally sound reliability reputation associated with the model make it a smart choice across the board.

Which Approved Used Audi A3 Should I Buy?

Be it an older or newer model, hatchback or saloon, whatever second-hand Audi A3 option you go for will offer you solid value for money and a vehicle that finds a tremendous balance between practicality and class.

With several model variants available within the A3 family, there are several trim levels to consider:

· Approved Used Audi A3 SE: the first of the three core trim levels available on the A3, the SE represents the most basic package, but it does mean that SE models will be cheaper than Sport or S-Line equivalents.

· Approved Used Audi A3 Sport: The mid-level Sport trim incorporates sharper handling through firmer suspensions, as well as several in-car feature additions.

· Approved Used Audi A3 S-Line: The top-of-the-line trim for the A3, S-Line models offer ever-sharper handling and more premium features than the Sport.

· Approved Used Audi A3 Saloon: A sleeker version of the A3 Sportback hatchback, the A3 saloon offers a more executive look with a lower rear roofline but also carries a shallower boot.

Ways to buy an Approved Used Audi with Jardine Motors

There are different purchase options available in order to get you out on the road as soon as possible in your approved used Audi A3. There is the option to reserve a vehicle once you have found the one that is right for you. The fee is refundable and gives you the option to view the vehicle in person and request a test drive before deciding if it is the Audi A3 for you.

Following this, there are a few different ways to pay for the vehicle including an outright purchase or one of our flexible used Audi financing options. The finance options are designed to make sure the whole package suits you.

Part exchange is available too, and with Jardine Motors, you can arrange a pick-up and drop-off that is convenient for you. You can even complete the whole process from the comfort of your own home, as there is the option to buy direct online.

Check out the latest listings or find your nearest Jardine Motors dealership to find the Audi A3 that is right for you.

Used Audi A3 Models

How is the Audi A3 best classified?


The versatile Audi A3 is best classified as a luxury hatchback or subcompact executive small family car. Thanks to a number of different body styles available, including a three-door hatchback, five-door Sportback, A3 saloon and A3 cabriolet, there should be a choice to suit most buyers.

When was the first-generation Audi A3 produced?


Now in its fourth generation, the A3 – sometimes known as the type 8L - was first released in 1996 as a three-door luxury hatchback in keeping with the Audi brand. Similar in body shape to the VW Golf, this would also provide a sporty drive with impressive German performance.

When were the future generations of the Audi A3 released?


Following the trail-blazing first-generation Audi A3, the second followed in 2003. Launched initially at the Geneva Motor Show,this comprised a redesigned, more spacious interior and an updated range of engines. It also introduced two new sports-oriented modelswith a 2.0 litre turbo and 3.2 litre V6 engine, respectively.

The third generation arrived in 2013, witnessing an update in the A3’s technological features in line with the modern driving experience. This included multi-collision braking, a multimedia interface, adaptive cruise control and active lane assist.

Finally, the fourth generation arrived to wide acclaim in 2020. The sharper interior and exterior are heavily influenced by Lamborghini– like Audi, another brand under the Volkswagen AG umbrella – with matrix and LED headlights providing a striking aesthetic.

What engine options have been available across all Audi A3 models?


Audi A3 models have come equipped with a variety of engine options across the years, depending on model year and trim level. Some popular engine options have included:

Petrol Engines:

  • 1.2 TFSI
  • 1.4 TFSI
  • 1.8 TFSI
  • 2.0 TFSI

Diesel Engines:

  • 1.6 TDI
  • 2.0 TDI

Hybrid Engines:

  • Audi A3 e-tron (plug-in hybrid)

Performance Models:

  • S3: The high-performance S3 model typically features an upgraded version of the 2.0 TFSI engine.
  • RS3: The top-of-the-line RS3 model usually comes with a high-performance engine, often a powerful version of the 2.5 TFSI.

What notable awards has the Audi A3 won


The third generation proved a particularly good vintage for the A3 as it scooped the What Car? Car of the Year in 2013, alongside the What Car? Small Family Car of the Yearthe same year.

This was followed up by the prestigious World Car of the Year prize in 2014, awarded by a jury of 102 motors journalists across 30 countries. 

Has the Audi A3 featured in motorsport competitions?


The Audi S3 has appeared regularly in a number of rallycross competitions, with its four-wheel drive Quattro technology providingoptimum traction and performance across a range of driving surfaces.