Monday, February 24, 2014


The all-new Audi A3 Sedan is a small car breaking big rules. The arresting design, visionary technology and luxurious performance of the A3 set a new benchmark in its category. 

When the next A3 arrives early this year (in the first quarter of 2014 as a 2015 model), Audi will no longer be playing around. Specifically to please American and Chinese car shoppers, the third-generation model adds a sedan body style to our previously hatchback-only A3 lineup. 

We still will get a hatchback in the form of the five-door Sportback, although only the e-tron plug-in hybrid version has been confirmed for America.

The A3 Sedan includes a body 11 mm (0.43 in) wider and 9 mm (0.35 in) lower than A3 Sportback. Other features include 16- to 18-inch-wheels (optional 19-inch wheels via quattro GmbH), Electronic stabilization control with electronic differential lock.

Audi designers have done an excellent job with the new A3 sedan giving it the semi coupe-like appearance that’s growing in popularity. While it shares the same name as the Sportback hatch and most of its engines the four-door uses different visible body panels throughout.

It’s longer and wider than the hatch, however the sedan’s coupe styling makes it marginally lower. Despite this there’s sufficient rear seat width and headroom to fit three moderately sized adults. 

At 425 litres, boot capacity is 45 litres larger than the Sportback and has the convenience of a lower loading lip. The front is dominated by the single-frame grille that Audi pioneered more than a decade ago and which quickly became the company’s design signature.

Fact is the all-new A3 sedan, with knockout looks, twin-charge petrol or turbo-diesel engines and available Quattro all-wheel-drive technology, priced from $39,800, undercuts its major rival by at least $10,000. Got your attention premium small sedan buyers?

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