Audi A3 Saloon (2013–2020)
- June 2013: Saloon version of Audi A3 unveiled
- October 2013
- December 2013: Audi S3 Saloon announced
- May 2015: Audi A3 2016 model year improvements announced
- November 2016: A3 saloon Black Edition launched
Saloon version of Audi A3 unveiled
Has 425 litre boot. Inside the A3 saloon is identical to the A3 hatchback with the same MBQ drivetrain. Three engines at launch: a belt cam 1.4 TFSI 140PS, chain cam 1.8 180PS TFSI and belt cam 2.0 TDI with 150PS.
A 1.6 TDI followed later in 2013 and from mid-2014 a higher powered 2.0 TDI with 184PS. Initially 1.4 TSI came with the seven-speed S tronic gearbox (Audi's rebadged DSG). Six-speed manual later from later in 2013. Pricing is around £1,800 more than an equivalent A3 Sportback. Orders taken from June 2013 with first cars in UK from September 2013.
|A3 Saloon||1.4TFSI CoD||Sport||140||S tronic||£24,305|
|A3 Saloon||1.4TFSI CoD||S line||140||S tronic||£26,455|
|A3 Saloon||1.8TFSI||Sport||180||S tronic||£25,955|
|A3 Saloon||1.8TFSI||S line||180||S tronic||£28,105|
|A3 Saloon||2.0TDI||S line||150||manual||£26,425|
17” x 7.5J ‘5-arm’ design alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres
18” x 8J ‘5-parallel-spoke’ design partly polished alloy wheels with 225/40 R18 tyres
Quattro all-wheel-drive became available in conjunction with 1.8-litre 180PS TFSI engine in the A3 Saloon at prices from £27,560 OTR. Linked to the stronger six-speed wet clutch S tronic twin-clutch transmission, and splitting its 180PS four ways, the new A3 1.8 TFSI quattro Saloon can reach 62mph in 6.8 seconds, tops out at 146mph, while being EC certified at 42.8mpg with 152g/km CO2.
The A3 1.8 TFSI quattro Saloon is the first in the four-door range to adopt multi-plate clutch-based quattro technology. It will be joined later this year by the 300PS S3 quattro Saloon with six-speed manual and six-speed S tronic transmission options, and in mid-2014 by the A3 2.0 TDI quattro with 184PS and standard six-speed S tronic transmission. The A3 1.8 TFSI quattro Saloon is available with Sport or S line specification priced at £27,560 OTR and £29,710 respectively.
Audi S3 Saloon announced
Has 300PS and 380Nm torque from totally new, lightweight, long-stroke. direct injected and turbocharged exhaust-manifold-in-head 1,984cc 2.0 TFSI engine. 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds, top speed electronically limited to 155mph, EU combined 40.9mpg S tronic (40.4mpg manual), CO2 159g/km. From £33,240 OTR. First cars at dealers from March 2014.
New technology includes the use of both direct and indirect injection, the integration of the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head and the use of innovative thermal management for faster warm-up. Two balancer shafts rotating at twice the speed of the crankshaft optimise refinement, but thanks to an electromechanical actuator in the bulkhead the cabin is filled with just the right amount of sound, with just the right sporting tone. The exhaust system also includes a sound flap that opens at certain engine speed ranges to give this even greater depth of sound.
The new 2.0 TFSI weighs just 148 kilograms - more than five kilograms less than the previous engine. This reduction, combined with the trim body with its ultra-high-strength steel passenger cell and light aluminium bonnet, wings and front suspension subframe, helps to pare weight back to as little as 1,430kg (manual version, without driver), considerably less than premium sector competitors.
Audi A3 2016 model year improvements announced
Now quattro all-wheel-drive becomes available with 1.6 TDI 110PS engines in Saloon and Sportback. A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI 110PS quattro priced from £22,915 OTR
2.0 TDI 150PS engine can now be combined with quattro drive in all body styles. A3 2.0 TDI quattro 150PS priced from £25,045 OTR. In three-door form the new A3 2.0 TDI quattro with 150PS and six-speed manual transmission can accelerate to 62mph in 8.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 133mph. Combined economy is 58.9mpg with the 17-inch wheel that forms part of the Sport specification, or 57.6mpg with the range-topping 18-inch S line wheel, resulting in CO 2 outputs of 125g/km and 127g/km respectively.
A3 Saloon 1.6 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 110PS) £24,865
A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 150PS) £26,215
A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI quattro S line (6-speed man, 150PS) £28,365
A3 saloon Black Edition launched
Black Edition specification is offered as a step up from the top S line trim. It brings special 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a matt titanium finish and darkened privacy glass extending from the B pillar rearwards, plus of course a distinctive black finish for the Single Frame grille surround, air inlets, window cappings and door mirrors. Inside, the ambiance is also enriched by a 10-speaker Audi Sound System with 180 watts of music power.