New Audi A3 Sportback and Saloon

An extensive upgrade for a successful model: The car with which Audi established the premium compact class in 1996, the A3, is sportier, more comfortable, and more digital than ever, thanks to its more progressive design, significantly extended standard equipment, and new materials. Apps that can be used directly in the vehicle display, selectable daytime running light signatures, and the ability to add vehicle functions on-demand at any time enable a high degree of customisation.

More dynamic, more progressive, and more emotional: This is the character of the A3 Sportback and Saloon models following the upgrade. The frameless Singleframe features a new structure from S line trim and is noticeably flatter and wider. It dominates the front end and, in addition to the large angular side air intakes, clearly symbolises the compact models’ sporty character. The striking front spoiler connects the two intakes and makes the Audi A3 appear lower. The same is true of the rear, which is particularly sporty with its new bumper and distinctive diffuser. Partly inspired by the RS models, the progressive design elements are particularly effective when combined with the S line exterior. The new, expressive metallic finishes, District Green and Progressive Red emphasise the dynamic look. 

To match the more striking exterior, the interior has also been significantly sharpened. Innovations include the shifter design, air vents, decorative fabric inlays, and new interior lighting. All these elements are precise and detailed, emphasising the vehicle’s progressive and technical look.

The new blade design, finished in chrome on the outer surface, makes the air vents appear thinner, emphasising the width of the cockpit. The centre console has been redesigned and given a new finish. The inside door handles feature a new effect finish as well. In addition to convenient cup holders, the centre console also comes with an armrest that adjusts in length and angle. The compact shifter, which provides convenient control over the functions of the S tronic, also features a new look. Thanks to its flatter design, it blends seamlessly into the centre console.

The standard interior lighting adds accents to the doors and footwell. Additional lighting elements and contour lighting on the switch panel and door sills are available as options. With the model upgrade for the A3, contour lighting runs around the centre console, and the cup holders are illuminated. Five segments are illuminated by a light source in the door panel. Their different sizes create a dynamic flow of light, which is also displayed when locking and unlocking the vehicle. The 30 different light colours are selectable via the MMI, allowing for a high degree of customisation. The large speakers for the new optional Sonos sound system are located in the lower part of the doors, making for an immersive listening experience with 3D sound. The A3 now features a new decorative fabric inlay: a technical textured fabric that is also made from 100 percent recycled polyester.

In the UK, the A3 models will initially be available in two engine/transmissions. The 35 TFSI with a 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine has an output of 148bhp and is offered with a seven-speed S tronic at launch. At a later date, it will also be available with a six-speed manual transmission. The 35 TDI with a 2.0-litre diesel model has an output of 148bhp and is paired with seven-speed S tronic. Additional petrol and diesel versions of the A3 Sportback and A3 Saloon will follow later in the year. An updated plug-in hybrid model will be added to the line-up at the end of 2024.

Orders for the updated A3 will begin in mid-April, when full UK pricing and specifications will be confirmed. 

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