The success model from Audi has become even more attractive: The Audi A3 approaches the starting line with new driver assistance systems and engines as well as newly designed headlights and taillights. Also new on board is the innovative operating and display concept, the Audi virtual cockpit. The new A3 is available as a three-door version*, a Sportback*, a Sedan* and as a Cabriolet*. The sport version of the Audi S3* comes with numerous innovations and has enhanced its dynamic potential even further. With the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron* and the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron* the A3 series offers the most versatile line of drive systems in the premium compact segment.
Driver assistance systems from the Audi full-size class
With numerous driver assistance systems the new Audi A3 raises the bar in the premium compact segment a bit higher. The further developed Audi active lane assist and Audi pre sense front, including predictive pedestrian protection, make town & country driving even safer.
New in the segment is the traffic jam assist, which works together with Audi adaptive cruise control (ACC) with its Stop&Go feature. The optional system keeps the car at a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and in combination with the S tronic automatically sets the vehicle in motion again after a short stop. In sluggish traffic up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph) the traffic jam assist even briefly takes over the steering on well-paved roads. Another new feature for the A3 family is the optional emergency assist. This system initiates braking down to a safe stop if despite warnings no steering activity by the driver is detected. The new cross traffic assist rear warns the driver about cross traffic when slowly backing out of a perpendicular parking space, for example.
Controls & displays, infotainment and Audi connect
The highlight in the interior of the new Audi A3 is the Audi virtual cockpit. The innovative operating concept is available for the first time in the compact class. The Audi virtual cockpit depicts the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a TFT screen with a 12.3-inch diagonal.
The driver can switch between two views by pressing the “View” button on the multifunction steering wheel. In classic mode, the instruments appear as large as the usual analog displays. In infotainment mode, on the other hand, a central window predominates that provides more space for the navigation map or shows clearly arranged lists for the phone, radio and audio sectors. Tachometer and speedometer appear as small round clocks.
The menu structure in the MMI system has been redesigned. Operation with its flat hierarchies is based on smartphones.
The central feature of the MMI terminal is the round rotary push-button control, whose ring is illuminated in white in the top version. On its surface is the touch-sensitive touchpad for entering characters and for multi-finger gestures, allowing the driver to zoom in and out of the map. Above and beside the rotary push-button control are rocker switches and buttons with which the driver can navigate through the newly designed menu structure. The further developed voice control for navigation, radio, media and phone now also understands many phrases from everyday language.
In infotainment, the new Audi A3 again sets new standards. The MMI radio plus with the electrically extending seven-inch monitor is standard equipment. The optionally available MMI navigation and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch in conjunction with the Audi connect module bring many online functions into the car. They include, for example, navigation with Google Earth™ and Google Street View™, traffic information in real time as well as practical information on parking, destinations, news or the weather. They are transmitted via the super-fast LTE standard. The flat rate data plan required for this is included, thanks to the new Audi connect SIM card permanently installed in the vehicle. The customer receives this embedded SIM (e‑SIM) card with the Audi connect equipment in many European countries. The SIM card also allows roaming in most European countries. Independently of the integrated Audi connect services, data packages for individual internet use via the Wi-Fi hotspot can also be booked.
The free Audi MMI connect app enables further services, such as online media streaming as well as transfer of a calendar from the smartphone to the MMI. For the A3 e-tron*, services for programming the charging process, departure time and climate control are also available.
Cell phones with iOS and Android operating systems are integrated into the car via the Audi smartphone interface. The Audi phone box in the center armrest wirelessly connects the cell phone to the car antenna per near-field coupling and allows inductive charging.
Newly designed trim lines
Despite hardly any dimensional changes – 4.24 meters (13.9 ft) long and a wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.5 ft) – the new Audi A3 appears even sportier and more expressive than before; its Singleframe grill is more sharply contoured and wider. The headlights are flatter with distinctive outside contours.
The rear accentuates the width of the new A3 – with the horizontal lighting graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the newly styled diffusor. The color range has been expanded. Twelve paint colors are available to choose from, including the five new colors Ara blue, cosmos blue, nano gray, tango red and Vegas yellow. For the S line exterior package, paintwork in Daytona gray, pearl effect has been reserved.
New for the A3 are the modular trim lines. They afford the customer even greater freedom of choice and for the first time also influence the details of the exterior. In addition to the base models, in the future there will be the two lines sport and design, through which the S line sport package and the design selection range.
Extensively overhauled: the engine lineup
The engine lineup for the Audi A3 comprises six engines: three gasoline and three diesel units. Their power output ranges from 81 kW (110 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). All A3 models meet the EU6 standard.
With the 1.0 TFSI, Audi for the first time offers a three-cylinder engine in the Audi A3 series. This compact engine provides 85 kW (115 hp) and delivers 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque from 2,000 to 3,500 rpm. Its NEDC consumption rate is limited to 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers (52.3 US mpg) – a CO2 emission level of 104 grams per kilometer (167.4 g/mi) for the manual transmission model. The new entry-level gasoline engine is efficient at no cost to driving pleasure. It accelerates the A3 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 9.7 seconds, and presses forcefully ahead up to a top speed of 206 km/h (128.0 mph).
The 1.4 TFSI COD ultra comes with cylinder-on-demand efficiency technology, switching off two cylinders when that power is not required. The engine with 1,395 cm3 displacement affords 110 kW (150 hp) of power and develops 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque. The average fuel consumption in combination with the manual transmission is just 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers (52.3 US mpg) – corresponding to 105 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometer (169.0 g/mi).
A technical highlight is the completely newly developed 2.0 TFSI with its innovative combustion method. From a displacement of 1,984 cm3 it generates 140 kW (190 hp), and between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm it provides 320 Nm (236.0 lb-ft) of torque. In just 6.7 seconds the A3 with the newly developed seven-speed S tronic sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph), reaching a top speed of 244 km/h (151.6 mph). The NEDC consumption in combination with manual transmission is 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers (42.8 US mpg), with a CO2 emission level of 126 grams per kilometer (202.8 g/mi).
The 1.6 TDI with 81 kW (110 hp) achieves outstanding consumption values. The four-cylinder engine consumes just 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (61.9 US mpg) on average, which corresponds to 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer (159.3 g/mi) (with S tronic).
Audi offers two performance levels of the four-cylinder TDI engine with 1,968 cm3 displacement in the new A3. The 2.0 TDI comes optionally with 110 kW (150 hp) and 340 Nm (250.8 lb-ft) from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm or 135 kW (184 hp) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb-ft) at 1,750 to 3,000 rpm.
In combination with the manual six-speed transmission, the 110 kW version consumes 4.0 liters of fuel per kilometers (58.8 US mpg) on average, corresponding to 105 grams CO2 per kilometer (169.0 g/mi). The 135 kW version with S tronic and quattro drive consumes merely 4.7 liters of fuel (50.0 US mpg), corresponding to 124 grams CO2 per kilometer (199.6 g/mi) in the NEDC cycle.
The 2.0 TFSI engines are accompanied by a totally new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with wet clutch.
It supersedes the previous six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The new Audi A3 distributes the engine power to the front wheels as standard. For the gasoline versions, quattro all-wheel drive is available for the 2.0 TFSI, and for the 2.0 TDI for diesel engines. The Audi S3 is equipped with quattro all-wheel drive as standard.
The suspension of the new Audi A3 is tuned for impressively balanced sportiness. In the case of the optional sport suspension, the body lies 15 millimeters (0.6 in) lower, and 25 millimeters (1.0 in) lower with the S line sport suspension. The electromechanical power steering is both sensitive and efficient. On request, for many models Audi provides progressive steering, also electrically assisted and standard in the Audi S3.
The new Audi A3 comes with 16-inch wheels as a standard feature, with 17-inch wheels provided in the design and sport trim lines. The broad range of optional 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels contains new designs. The lineup of tires has also been overhauled and offers improved performance with optimized roll resistance.
First time in the segment: Matrix LED headlights
The headlights of the Audi A3 form a striking new picture with their jagged bottom edges. Xenon plus units are standard, with Audi optionally offering LED headlights and for the first time Matrix LED headlights as well.
Systematic lightweight design has brought the curb weight (without driver) of the new Audi A3 with the 1.0 TFSI engine down to just 1,150 kg (2535.3 lb) – the best value in its class. The body of the new Audi A3 is impact-resistant and rigid to a high extent. A sound-absorbing windshield is standard.
The interior offers the top quality typical of Audi. The newly designed three-spoke steering wheel is optionally available as a heated version. For more comfort on longer journeys, the new A3 Audi comes with a driver’s seat with massage function.
Sustainably on the road: the new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
The plug-in hybrid version, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron*, combines a 1.4 TFSI engine producing 110 kW (150 hp) of power and 250 Nm of torque (184.4 lb-ft) with an electric motor generating 75 kW and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft). The system power of 150 kW (204 hp) enables a sporty driving performance.
Full charging of the lithium-ion battery (8.8 kWh) takes a little over two hours with a 380-volt three-phase current supply.
The new Audi A3 Sportback g-tron
With the A3 Sportback g-tron* Audi offers further drive alternatives: As an alternative to fossil natural gas, the compact five-door model can use Audi e-gas as fuel, whose production has a practically neutral effect on the environment.
Equipped with a 1.4 TFSI engine producing 81 kW (110 hp), the A3 Sportback g-tron sets standards in efficiency and economy. Fuel costs to the customer are roughly four euros per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi). Thanks to the four-cylinder engine’s configuration for bivalent fuels, its range is over 400 kilometers (248.5 mi) in the NEDC cycle with natural gas fuel. When powered by gasoline, the driving range is extended by as much as an additional 900 kilometers (559.2 mi).
In the NEDC cycle, the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron needs only 3.3 kilograms (7.3 lb) of natural gas or Audi e-gas per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi), corresponding to 89 grams CO2 per kilometer (143.2 g/mi).
More power: the new Audi S3
7 kW (10 hp) more power, and in combination with the S tronic 20 Nm (14.8 lb-ft) more torque – in the Audi S3* Audi has once again raised the bar. In addition, the engineers have integrated a S3-specific control system for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) system and multi-plate clutch. The result: even greater driving dynamics, driving pleasure and safety.
The 2.0 TFSI now generates 228 kW (310 hp) and with S tronic delivers 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) in the wide range of 2,000 to 5,400 rpm. Its NEDC fuel consumption is 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers (36.8 US mpg), corresponding to 146 grams CO2 per kilometer (235.0 g/mi). The S3 Sportback, the S3 Sedan and the S3 Cabriolet also profit from the extensive new features.
The new Audi A3 model series went on sale in late April, with the first deliveries to customers to take place in summer. The base price of the Audi A3 in Germany is 23,300 euros.
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.