Concentrated, athletic and taut: the Audi A3 Sedan is precise and distinctive from A to Z. Wedge-shaped headlights featuring a wave-shaped lower edge impart a determined appearance to this new model. In the optional xenon plus modules, LED daytime running lights form visually uniform contours of light at the upper and lower edges. The turn signal is in the tapered inner corner underneath a chromed strip.
Different versions of Audi headlights offer appealing options. A high-beam assistant and Audi adaptive light are but two examples. The latter’s control unit regulates swiveling modules to ensure the most suitable lighting at all times – whether in urban areas, rural areas, or on the highway. These modules also serve as specialized turning, cornering and all-weather lights. The driver can use Audi drive select to tweak the operation of adaptive light.
Variable headlight range control – an optional supplementary function of adaptive light – utilizes image data supplied by an on-board video camera to identify built-up areas and other vehicles. A computer smoothly and continuously adjusts the range of the headlights to ensure optimal illumination.
Audi adaptive light also works closely with the optional MMI navigation plus. This navigation system processes route data in advance and relays it to the headlights’ control unit. In turn, highway lighting will be activated before the vehicle even enters the on-ramp, for example. This system automatically switches on cornering lights before the vehicle reaches an intersection. In countries with left-hand traffic, it switches the headlights accordingly.
Optional LED headlights are another high-end solution for the Audi A3 Sedan; this technology is straight from the luxury class. At a color temperature of
5,500 Kelvin, their light resembles daylight and reduces eye fatigue. These light-emitting diodes are designed to last the entire service life of the vehicle itself and very energy-efficient. The low beams consume just 40 watts per unit. The LED headlights also boast special functionality for urban driving, intersections, rural areas, highways, left-hand traffic and inclement weather. And that is especially true when LED headlights are paired with MMI navigation plus.
Audi uses the design of its LED headlights to demonstrate just how beautiful technology can be. Nine high-performance LED chips in two free-form reflectors generate the low-beam light, while the high beams consist of eight high-performance LEDs and a matte-polished aluminum embellisher. The static turning and all-weather lights are housed in a separate module. In addition, the daytime running lights, parking lights and turn signals are formed by a light guide that wraps around the upper and inner headlights as a narrow contour. A diagonal imparts structure to its inside.
Widespread appeal: The front end
The front of the Audi A3 Sedan is broad and determined. The single-frame grille with its tapered upper corners is black. Its horizontal slats and the Audi rings appear downright three-dimensional. A refined chromium frame encloses the grille. The lower section of the bumper tapers to a pushed-forward edge. Upright bars offset the air inlets and render them three-dimensional. Optional fog lights – standard in the Ambition equipment line – are housed in the air inlets’ corners.
The Audi A3 Sedan does not have a single metal panel in common with its sister models, the A3 and the A3 Sportback. Even the low hood has been redesigned. Its prominently rendered outline complements the flowing lines of the headlights. And the crisply focused tornado line – a contour edge along the entire side – divides the area underneath the windows. A similarly pronounced dynamic line above the sills assertively extends upward toward the rear.
These two lines enclose the sides of the vehicle. The interplay of light and shadows highlights the sides, imparting an athletic and muscular personality to the A3 Sedan. The wheel arches have become considerably more flared to make room for optional 19-inch wheels. As with a sports car, the exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals are mounted on the doors. The ratio of vehicle body to passenger compartment is two-thirds to one-third – typical Audi proportions.
In structural terms, the Audi A3 Sedan lies between a classic notchback design and that of a convertible. Its curved roof slopes elegantly toward the rear and merges seamlessly with the shoulder line. This transition expresses this four-door vehicle’s dynamic personality. A compact trunk lid terminates in a pronounced arc that serves as a contour edge and spoiler lip.
The A3 Sedan’s tail end is typical of Audi. It is assertively three-dimensional and boasts a seamless transition from the bumper to the license plate. Twin exhaust tailpipes are encircled by a diffuser insert. The vehicle’s width is further underscored by large and flat taillights that taper inward to a point. Audi generally supplies the taillights as LEDs in conjunction with xenon plus or LED headlights. Light guides form elegant arches, fitted with standard adaptive brake lights that flash rapidly whenever the driver brakes hard.
Even sharper: The S line exterior package
Thanks to the S line exterior package, the Audi A3 Sedan looks better than ever. Its single-frame grille is high-gloss black. An integrated honeycomb structure look and fog lights appear in the air inlets, which are bordered by powerful edges. When one admires the A3 from the side, the sill extensions are particularly eye-catching. A Platinum Gray diffuser houses a honeycomb insert and the exhaust system’s tailpipes sport chrome tips. The door sill trims bear aluminum inserts with S line logos; S line badges adorn the fenders.
There are 16 paint colors from which to choose. The Audi exclusive customization program allows quattro GmbH customers to have any possible paint job customized for them. The optional high-gloss package offers small highlights near the side windows (standard with the Ambiente line).
Audi A3 Sedan: External dimensions
4,456 mm (14.62 ft)
2,637 mm (8.65 ft)
1,796 mm (5.89 ft)
1,416 mm (4.65 ft)
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.