Audi A3 Sportback gets styling overhaul
Sporty, digitalised and fully connected, the fourth generation of the Audi A3 hatchback has been revealed.
Top five things you need to know about the Audi A3
- More dynamic appearance than outgoing model.
- Technik, Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung specifications available.
- Increased comfort and efficiency.
- Standard equipment includes a 10.25in virtual cockpit.
- First deliveries expected in May.
Audi A3 styling
Now only available as a five-door, the A3 hatchback is 4,340mm in length and 1,820mm in width. This makes it just over three centimetres larger than its predecessor. The height and wheelbase remain the same as the outgoing model at 1,430mm and 2,640mm respectively.
A3 features various styling flourishes to bring the new model in line with the rest of the Audi range. This includes a large hexagonal grille, air inlets, new LED headlights and a more dynamic appearance thanks to the heavily slanting C-pillars above the rear wheels.
At the rear, the long roof-edge spoiler makes the window appear low, and in combination with the flat rear lights, the diffuser, and the trapezoidal exhaust screens, emphasises the width of the vehicle.
Audi A3 interior
Changes are even more evident on the interior. The centre tunnel console has been designed to be optimally ergonomic, with an innovative shifter integrated in its black-panel surface. This offers the driver a completely new operating experience for various drive modes while next to it is a further innovation: A round, sensory volume control that reacts to circular finger movements.
The A3 Sportback also comes with a 10.25in virtual cockpit as standard, which is operated via the multifunction steering wheel, while a 12.3in Virtual Cockpit system is available as standard on the Edition 1 and Vorsprung trims. As a further option, a full-colour head-up display projects important information onto the windscreen.
A3 also has a boot capacity of between 380 and 1,200 litres. The loading floor can be adjusted to different heights, and the rear shelf can be stored underneath it to save space too.
Audi A3 infotainment
A new 10.1in touchscreen angled towards the driver takes pride of place in the dashboard, with drive function and climate controls below. The third generation infotainment system features simple, intuitive operation with a flat menu and smartphone-esque layout.
The A3 Sportback is equipped with DAB+ digital radio as standard and is also equipped with the Audi smartphone interface which transfers their Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone layout to the MMI display. This will work wirelessly in the near future.
The ‘MMI navigation plus’, standard on the new A3 Sportback, also recognises the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys, and will generate suitable route suggestions taking into account time and traffic density as well as real-time data on the traffic situation.
Audi A3 engines and performance
In the UK, the Audi A3 will be launched with two front-wheel drive engines: a 1.5 TFSI manual with 148bhp and a 2.0 TDI that outputs the same 148bhp as an S tronic.
Shortly after the market launch, a second version of the 1.5 TFSI with a mild hybrid system will be available. This will offer regenerative braking and can glide with its engine deactivated for up to 40 seconds.
A few months after the market launch, Audi will gradually expand the range by adding further TDI and TFSI engine versions, including some with quattro drive, as well as a plug-in hybrid in two power levels.
Audi A3 safety
The Audi A3 Sportback is equipped with numerous assist systems that provide support when driving in the city or on long journeys. These include pre-sense front, collision avoidance assist, and lane departure warning as standard.
The vehicle can be equipped with further driving assist systems by ordering the Driver Assistance Package. This includes adaptive cruise assist, high-beam assist and the emergency assist.
Audi A3 release date
With order books now open, customers are expected to start receiving the Audi A3 in May.