Best small car over $35,000

Audi A3 Sportback TFSI COD

Audi has introduced a new cylinder on demand (COD) model to its A3 Sportback range. COD has the car operating on four cylinders in most driving conditions, but drops it to two when only minimum power is required.

So, when cruising along on flat, straight highways or country roads, it does just that – cruises. Which is how the A3 COD comes to score an official figure of 4.7 litres/100km, making it more efficient than all other petrol-turbo vehicles in this class.

While its score falls down ever so slightly against competitors in running and repair costs, the COD technology means owners save money as they drive. And for those who turn over their cars regularly, the A3 also holds its value well. Then there’s Audi's attention to build and finish, and this model is no exception.

It is also top in class for ergonomics. All instruments are legible, easy to use and understand, and well positioned.

The seats are comfortably supportive and, despite being a small car, the A3 also has useful cabin space. The 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol four-cylinder performs well and awards judges were impressed by the A3’s ride and handling. It also sits securely on the road and is compliant and comfortable over most road surfaces.

Australia's Best Cars Best Small Car over $35,000 Audi A3 Sportback TFSI COD

Indicative Drive Away Price: $43,346

Criteria out of 10 – Audi A3 Sportback TFSI COD

Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  8H
Depreciation  9M
Running Costs  6M
Fuel Consumption  9C
Warranty and dealer access   3H
Insurance  3L
Standard Features  5M

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  7C
Environment  10C
Comfort  8M
Space  8L
Practicality  7M
Ergonomics  8M
Build and Finish  9H

On the Road   Rating 
Performance  8H
Ride  9H
Handling  7H
Braking  8H
Smoothness and Quietness   8L

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.