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Car reviews - Audi - A3 - Sportback 3.2 5-dr hatch

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Audi's sweet five-door A3 Sportback is best exemplified by the cracking 3.2 quattro

Audi logo7 Jul 2005

AUDI’s new Sportback at last adds a five-door to the new A3 range, and asks only a small price premium – which is a good thing in a car that already suffers the early stages of sticker shock. For an extra $2000, you get two extra doors, a restyled body with Audi’s signature single-frame grille and an extra 20 litres of boot space. The 3.2-litre V6 version adds all-wheel drive and sharper dynamics to a car that has already defined itself as a hatchback for the sportingly inclined. With a (normally aspirated) power-weight ratio equal to Subaru’s WRX, the A3 3.2 Sportback quattro doesn’t yield readily to anybody.
Model release date: 1 February 2005 to 1 January 2009

Previous model

Audi A3 five-door

Released: October 1999
Ended: July 2004
Family Tree: A3

Audi's original A3 arrived Down Under in May 1997, but it took more than two years for the five-door version to go on sale here, in October 1999 - the same time the three-door was discontinued. Available in 1.6, 1.8 and 1.8 turbo guises, the five-door range was facelifted in November 2000 with a revised grille and tail-lights, before being phased out when the all-new A3 arrived (in three-door form) in July 2004.

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