You might not have noticed, but the MQB-based Audi A3 has become a little long in the tooth.
But although it may be getting on a bit, the A3 is no less of a car. The smart, beautifully built interior remains, as does Audi’s slick MMI infotainment system and, on later models, the option to have a Virtual Cockpit. As with all MQB models, the A3 is a cracking thing to drive, too, with crisp handling and a comfortable ride, and it’s spacious.
What’s more, it looks like its age is now causing slightly higher first-year depreciation, with the result that nearly new A3s are starting to look very tempting indeed.
Take the one pictured below. It’s a 2018 car in desirable Sport trim with just 1600 miles on the clock – in short, all but a brand-new car. Under the bonnet sits a 1.0-litre TFSI turbo petrol engine, which, while hardly a ball of fire, is pokey enough and should offer diesel-like fuel economy without the potential for nasty congestion charges that might be coming down the line.