The current A3 is the third generation and was launched in 2013, the range includes a cabriolet, three and five door models. In direct competition with the BMW 1 series and Mercedes A-Class, it is a very good car, with Audi considerably improving on the mk2 version.
The A3 drives well and sits somewhere in between the Beemer and Merc in terms of comfort and drivability. With lots of different specs, models and engine variants there is something for everyone.
If you are looking for an auto version go for the S Tronic gear box, it is very good and much better than the old multitronic box. The A3 comes in various guises the convertible is decent, but the S3 is a fabulous motor to drive and the four wheel drive system is ace.