The Audi A3 Sportback fought off competition from the Range Rover and Rolls-Royce Phantom to take top What Car? award
10 January 2013

The Audi A3 Sportback was named 2013 What Car? Car of the Year last night. The five-door A3 also won Small Family Car of the Year.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “The Audi A3 Sportback mixes excellent refinement and an accomplished driving experience with easily the finest cabin quality ever seen in a small family hatchback.”

Ford was the biggest winner of the night, taking four awards. The Fiesta triumphed in the supermini category, the Focus ST picked up Best Hot Hatch, the Mondeo Best Family Car, and Mondeo estate received Best Estate Car. BMW collected three gongs, including the SUV award for the X5

The Range Rover was named Luxury Car of the Year and the Porsche Boxster Sports Car of the Year.

Repeat winners included the Audi TT, which was chosen as Best Coupé for the seventh year in a row and the Volkswagen Up, which retained its crown as City Car of the Year.

The Most Exciting Car for 2013, voted by readers and website visitors, was awarded to the Alfa Romeo 4C.

For full list of winners, visit

Holly Stevenson

Our Verdict

Audi A3

Third generation Audi A3 has been given a mild facelift, more equipment, some new engines, a new hot model, but is the three-door version the cream of the premium hatch crop?

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10 January 2013

Audi A3 Sportback is an accomplished car. It has a decent engine line-up and residuals. It has a nice interior. Bit pricey for a hatchback.

I'm however surprised to see sticking up for the lumbering Ford Mondeo. It needs an upgrade and competitors outclass it.

10 January 2013

This is gonna make the Audi haters absolutely livid, they sure won't get any sleep as they're be tossing all night long


Hydrogen cars just went POP

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