Audi A3 Sportback


Fourth-generation reinvention of Audi’s premium family hatchback

Introduction

Audi’s A3 Sportback has always been a five-seat family hatchback that’s a cut above the ordinary. And with the latest generation that premium aura is more pronounced than ever. It’s all-new, based upon the MQB II platform that it shares with the eighth generation Golf but with all those Audi-esque touches of design and tech that take it to a higher level.

Audi A3 Models

​Design

Not many hatchbacks can claim to have been inspired by the Lamborghini Countach, but when you look at the high shoulder line that leads from bonnet to back of the new A3 Sportback, and the concave flanks between the wheels, you can definitely see the connection. The way the flanks bow inwards emphasises the Sportback’s bulging wheel arches, giving it a lean and muscular look without compromising interior space or versatility. Other new features include a honeycomb front grille and headlights with 15 individual LEDs to create daylight running light patterns that mark the differences between the different trim levels. 

The new A3 Sportback is about 3 centimetres longer and wider than its predecessor and has an excellent drag coefficient of 0.28 that aids economy. There are 380 litres of space in the boot which grow to 1,00 litres with the rear seats down. It’s a five-door hatchback - there won’t be a three-door A3.

​Performance

At launch the UK market gets a choice of three engines. The 35 TFSI is powered by a 150PS TFSI turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine and comes with manual gearbox. Alternatively, there are two 2.0-litre TDI diesels, the 30 TDI manual and 35 TDI S tronic, delivering 115PS and 150PS respectively. Shortly after launch the line-up will be joined by a 1.0-litre petrol with 110PS as well as a mild hybrid version of the 1.5 TFSI petrol.  

​Performance

At launch the UK market gets a choice of three engines. The 35 TFSI is powered by a 150PS TFSI turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine and comes with manual gearbox. Alternatively, there are two 2.0-litre TDI diesels, the 30 TDI manual and 35 TDI S tronic, delivering 115PS and 150PS respectively. Shortly after launch the line-up will be joined by a 1.0-litre petrol with 110PS as well as a mild hybrid version of the 1.5 TFSI petrol.  

​Technology

The new A3 is available with a choice of trim levels, starting with Technik and progressing through Sport to S Line, Edition 1 (the launch edition) and the range topping Vorsprung. All feature Audi’s 10.25-inch virtual cockpit instrumentation; standard models will have a 10.1-inch touch display, while more luxurious models will feature the 12.3-inch plus display with a wider choice of graphics. On all models the touch display features handwriting recognition and a more natural voice control, while climate settings are controlled by buttons beneath the touchscreen. Audi claim the new system’s processor is ten times more powerful than the previous model’s set up; other notable features include a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You’ll also be able to access and control your A3 Sportback’s climate and door settings remotely via an Audi app, as well as transferring navigation routes from your phone to the car before you even start your journey, saving time. 

Safety

The A3 Sportback is equipped as standard with Audi pre-sense front, swerve assist and lane departure warning. Options include lane change and exit warning, cross-traffic alert and park assist. Adaptive cruise assist maintains a safe distance from the car in front automatically as well as keeping the A3 Sportback in lane with gentle nudges of the steering.

Verdict: the Audi A3 Sportback has always occupied a ‘Goldilocks’ spot among premium hatchbacks; not too big for urban streets, not too small for a growing family, with plenty of style and the extra cachet that four rings on the grille always confers. The new generation is radically better in every respect than its worthy predecessor; up to the minute digital technology inside, greater eye-appeal and distinction outside. Another bullseye from Audi’s designers and engineers.

The A3 Sportback is available in different versions, known as trim levels. These allow you to choose a version that reflects your preferred styling, driving experience and equipment level. Standard equipment and the choice of options both vary by trim.

​Technik

Technik trim highlights include:

•16" x 7.0J '5 -double arm alloy wheel
•LED headlights with LED daytime running light
•MMI Navigation Plus with 10.1” touch screen
•Audi Virtual Cockpit 10.25” display
•Audi Pre-sense front with pedestrian recognition

​Sport

Sport trim highlights in addition or replacement to Technik include:

•17” x 8.0J ‘5-parallel-spoke’ style alloy wheels
•Audi Drive Select
•Seats in Twin leather
•Dual zone electronic climate control
•Door mirrors - Electrically folding and dimming

​S line

S line trim highlights in addition or replacement to Sport include:

•18” x 8.0J ‘5-arm dynamic’ design alloy wheels
•LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic rear indicators
•Privacy glass
•Front Sport seats
•LED Interior Lighting Pack

Audi A3 Sportback 360° View

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