The designers have given the new Audi A3 even sportier, more expressive body lines. Its compact dimensions remain virtually unchanged. The A3 measures 4,241 millimeters (13.9 ft) in length, 1,777 millimeters (5.8 ft) in width and 1,424 (4.7 ft) millimeters in height. The long wheelbase of 2,602 millimeters (8.5 ft) and the short front overhang underscore the balanced, sporty proportions.
The powerfully sculpted engine hood and the harmoniously integrated bumpers form a visual unit, while the horizontal lines are emphasized even more. The Singleframe grill has sharper contours and is wider than its predecessor. The headlights are flatter and more distinctive.
The streamlined tail design with its horizontal lighting graphics and separation edge above the newly designed diffuser highlights the width of the new A3. Depending on the engine version, the new A3has one or two exhaust tailpipes in its diffusor insert on the left.
The color range for the A3 series has been overhauled. Twelve paint colors are available to choose from, including the five new tones Ara blue, cosmos blue, nano gray, tango red and Vegas yellow. The S line exterior package is aimed at particularly sporty customers; as an option it offers Daytona gray, pearl effect paintwork.
More individuality: the new lines concept
In addition to the base models, there are the sport and design trim lines, plus the S line sport package and design selection at the top end. All trim lines are modular in system to give the customer even greater freedom of choice. For the first time, they also influence the exterior details. The area of the lateral air inlets thus varies in design depending on the trim line: The design line features a silver-chrome application, while the sport line underscores its dynamic ambitions with vertical flaps.
The differentiation in the front is also taken up by the diffuser, so that the respective trim lines are visible from the front and rear. In addition, all lines feature chrome-plated tailpipe trims.
The headlights of the Audi A3 form striking new lighting graphics with their jagged bottom edges. Bi-xenon units are standard, while Audi optionally offers LED headlights as well as Matrix LED headlights, the first time this technology has entered the premium compact class. In the case of xenon headlights, an optical fiber illuminates the daytime running lights at the upper edge of the housing. The optional headlights lend new verve to the dynamic lines as a specific daytime running light signature. In addition, the indicator light has the form of an optical fiber. As an exclusive feature, the matrix LED headlights exhibit a dynamic course of the turn signals. Each low beam is located in the outer upper corner of the respective headlight unit; the special lighting functions of the LED versions are mounted further inside in the lower part.
Fifteen LEDs each produce the high beam of the Matrix LED headlights, which radiate from three reflectors. Supplied with information by the camera at the interior mirror, their control module turns them individually on and off as required; or additionally dims them in 64 stages each. The Matrix LED headlights can thus realize several million different light distributions. In each case they illuminate the road in near-daylight form, without blinding other road users. So that the driver is not dazzled by the road sign reflection, they selectively shine at 30 percent brightness.
The cornering lights of the Matrix LED headlights are created through a shift in the light concentration. In combination with the optional MMI navigation plus, they already become active before the driver turns the steering wheel, thanks to the predictive route data.
The A3 also has newly redesigned rear lights with a distinctive taillight configuration. With the LED optional solution, each A3 variant gets an elegant and sporty double-line graphic with a powerful concentration of light at the outer edge of the car, making the compact appear flatter and wider. With the optional headlights, the rear lights come with LED technology. In addition, with the LED and the Matrix LED headlights the dynamic turn signals are installed in the LED rear lights. A series of sequentially connected LEDs are then consecutively actuated in cycles of a few milliseconds each, running outwards along the direction of the bend while flashing.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.