Three-door Audi A3 deals

Fancy a three-door Audi A3? Here are the best deals - on basic versions to high-performance S3s - and info on all the key standard equipment

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 14, 2022

The market for three-door cars might be shrinking, but many people prefer them to their five-door equivalents. They tend to look more sporty, which is why some manufacturers go to great lengths to hide the rear door handles on five-door cars.

Production of the three-door Audi A3 stopped at the end of 2017, with the company blaming slow sales as the reason for its demise. If you want a new Audi A3 you’re limited to the five-door A3 Sportback and four-door A3 Saloon.

But fear not, because there are still plenty of examples of the three-door Audi A3 available on BuyaCar. Whether you’re after a frugal diesel or the high-performance S3, we have a three-door Audi A3 to suit all budgets.

The Audi A3 is one of Europe’s most popular cars, and it’s not hard to see why. It feels a class above competitors like the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, with a level of quality to rival the Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series. It’s like getting the benefits of a larger and more expensive Audi in a compact and more affordable package.

There’s a wide range of engines available, kicking off with the 1.0-litre TFSI petrol unit. It might be the smallest engine in the range, but it punches above its weight in performance terms while delivering a realistic 50mpg in daily use - meaning surprisingly low fuel bills. The 1.4-litre TFSI is similarly impressive, while the 2.0-litre TFSI in the S3 produces enough power to rival a sports car.

Don’t rule out the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels if you do lots of long journeys, as they offer a terrific blend of performance and fuel economy. They come into their own on a motorway, where you can expect to achieve around 60mpg.

Many of the engines are available with Audi’s 'quattro' four-wheel-drive system. As well as providing reassurance on slippery roads and in the winter months, the system is able to harness the significant power of the Audi S3 without spinning the wheels.

Launched in 2012, the third-generation Audi A3 remained on sale until 2020, although production of the three-door model ended in 2017. An update in 2016 improved the quality, tweaked the styling and added a number of upmarket additions. These cars are more desirable than the pre-update models.

If the three-door Audi A3 sounds like the ideal hatchback for you, read on to learn more about the SE, SE Technik, Sport, S line and Black Edition trim levels, as well as discovering some of the best deals available via BuyaCar.

Best three-door Audi A3 deals

Audi A3 SE deals

This might be the entry-level three-door Audi A3, but there’s nothing basic about the list of standard equipment. This is especially true following the update of May 2016, which is the model we’re focusing on here.

Highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, dynamic suspension, automatic headlights and automatic wipers.

On the inside, the SE gets a leather multifunction steering wheel, a seven-inch electrically retractable colour media system, eight speakers, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, cruise control and a driver information system. The spec is slightly less generous on pre-update models, but you still get a lot for your money.

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Audi A3 SE Technik deals

The SE Technik trim builds on the SE spec and adds sat-nav and rear parking sensors. The wheels are still 16-inch in size, but the 15-spoke ‘Y’ design sets the SE Technik apart from the entry-level model.

It’s worth upgrading for the sat-nav, which features a 3D map display, detailed route information, dynamic route guidance and, with Audi Connect, live traffic information.

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Audi A3 Sport deals

Things start to get even more interesting with the SE Sport, highlighted by the stylish 17-inch alloy wheels. The exterior makeover also includes aluminium window trims and a more stylish front bumper design.

On the inside, the A3 Sport features sport seats, sat-nav and dual-zone climate control, which is superior to standard air-conditioning as it allows the driver and front-seat passenger to select different temperatures. You’ll have to find something else to argue about.

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Audi A3 S line deals

This is the most popular three-door Audi A3 on BuyaCar, so you’ll have little trouble finding the right car for you. Not only does the S line look sportier, the sport suspension ensures that it’s more enjoyable to drive around corners, too.

Highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED rear lights, dynamic rear indicators, S line body styling, part-leather sport seats, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, LED interior lighting pack and illuminated door sill trims. Little wonder it’s the most popular trim level.

S line
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BuyaCar prices from £9,950
Monthly finance from £0*

Audi A3 Black Edition deals

Don’t let the name fool you, because the A3 Black Edition is available in a number of different colours. The name is a reference to the styling pack, which adds black highlights to the radiator grille, window capping strips and front and rear bumpers. Tinted windows, 18-inch matt titanium alloy wheels and black door mirrors complete the makeover.

On the inside, the Black Edition features an impressive Audi Sound System, so you can listen to your favourite music as loud as you like.

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Audi S3 deals

The Audi A3 S line might talk a good talk, but the S3 quattro is the real deal. It starts with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing a substantial 310hp, which is enough to propel the S3 to 62mph as fast as a Porsche Cayman.

Other S3 goodies include ‘S’ Sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, ‘S’ design body styling, premium leather upholstery, heated seats in the front, Audi sound system, dual-branch oval quad exhaust pipes and an Audi Beam, which projects the Audi logo onto the ground as you exit the car. It’s very ‘Bat signal’.

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BuyaCar prices from £17,499
Monthly finance from £0*

Audi S3 Black Edition deals

And finally, the S3 Black Edition is essentially the Audi S3 quattro with the Black Edition makeover outlined above. The one notable difference is the addition of a superb Bang & Olufsen sound system.

It’s worth noting that the S3 and S3 Black Edition were offered with colours exclusive to these models. Look out for used examples finished in the eye-catching Vegas Yellow and Ara Blue.

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*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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