Audi A3 Sportback (2013 – 2020) Review
Audi A3 Sportback (2013 – 2020) At A Glance
More practical version of the A3 has more passenger space and a larger boot. Wide choice of engines including impressive 1.4 TFSI. Well-equipped as standard.
Not the most exciting of designs. Sportier models on large wheels return a hard ride.
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Insurance Groups are between 15–32
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure
The Audi A3 Sportback of 2013 is a 5-door family hatchback for drivers seeking a little more status than from a Ford Focus or even a VW Golf. Sharing engienes, drivetrains and MQB inegrated subframes with the VW Golf BII, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia it's good to drive, refined and extremely practical, this five-door version of the A3 is great for long and short hauls, while its efficient range of petrol and diesel engines make it surprisingly cheap to run.
There is more than enough space for four large adults inside and the upmarket interior provides lots of comfort, with low levels of wind and road noise. Admittedly, the low speed ride can get bumpy on performance models, with sports suspension and larger wheels, but all A3s are good on the motorway and its sure footed nature gives the impression you're driving a much larger car .
All A3 Sportback models get a seven-inch colour screen that pops out of the dashboard, while Audi's excellent MMI infotainment system, with a large control wheel located in the centre console, makes it easy to use the on-board infotainment system.
Audi updated the A3 Sportback in 2016 and significantly increased the level of equipment, with LED daytime running lights, cruise control, DAB and automatic xenon headlights all included as standard. The 110PS 1.0-litre TFSI petrol was also added to the range, while the 180PS 1.8-litre petrol was replaced with a 190PS 2.0-litre unit.
The engine range is split between efficient petrol and diesel engines, which offer a good balance between power and economy.
The 1.6 TDI has a claimed 74.3mpg, but feels lacking in power. The 150PS 2.0 TDI is a much better engine in comparison and will provide a claimed 70.6mpg. Both the petrols - 1.0 TFSI and 1.4 TFSI - will officially exceed 60mpg too, although it is the latter that feels best suited to the A3 with a full boot and four passengers.
All models are good to drive, with lots of front-end grip and a well-balanced ride that lets you push it along with significant gusto. The steering does lack feel, but sportier versions - with sports suspension and larger wheels - will easily navigate twisty roads with minimal of fuss.
In our view the A3 Sportback is one of the best upmarketshatchbacks around. Admittedly, some will take issue with its nondescript styling, but even the A3's dull lines cannot dilute its outstanding build quality and rewarding drive.
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On the inside of an Audi A3 Sportback (2013 – 2020)
Audi’s interior design team is one of the best in the business and this shows in the A3 Sportback. The cabin has an abundance of high quality materials and there are no rattles or knocks. Audi has also taken a minimalist approach to the dashboard, with just a handful of buttons and dials.
All models get a 5.8-inch colour display screen, which electrically pops up when the ignition is started and Audi’s MMI (Multi Media Interface) system can be operated via a central dial. The MMI system controls all of the main functions - stereo, navigation, Bluetooth – and is surprisingly easy to understand.
Sport models get a colour driver’s infotainment system and aluminium trim, while the range topping S line gets leather/cloth seats and brushed aluminium inlays. To be honest, the base models supply everything you need and little changes in the dashboard layout. The 5.8-inch screen is easy to read and can be folded away if not needed.
In 2016 Audi updated the A3 Sportback range and significantly improved the levels of standard equipment, with a larger 7.0-inch colour display replacing the old 5.8-inch unit. Cruise control, light and rain sensors were also added to entry-level models, along with xenon headlights and LED light signatures.
The styling of the dashboard is one of the standout features of the A3 Sportback and we really like the large porthole air vents and slim dials. The seats are also extremely comfortable and combine well with the A3 Sportback’s interior. Clearly, Audi has spent considerable time crafting the cabin's ergonomics and the quality shows through.
Being a Sportback, this A3 gets five-doors, with large rear seats that are suitable for adults or children. Like the front of the cabin, the rear is well-built and feels like it has been constructed to endure the rigours of family life.
The boot has 380 litres of storage, but this can be expanded to a 1220 litres if you fold down the rear seats. The boot also features an adjustable floor makes it easier to load heavy items into the rear as there’s no lip to the rear seats when they’re folded.
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Driving Audi A3 Sportback (2013 – 2020)
What's the Audi A3 Sportback (2013 – 2020) like to drive?
The Audi A3 Sportback is offered with seven engines and almost all offer a good balance between performance and economy. The best petrol engine is the 1.4-litre TFSI with cylinder on demand technology.
The TFSI unit has 140PS and returns more than 60mpg, while emissions are just 111g/km. Audi's cylinder on demand technology is automatic, as it deactivates two engine cylinders when you’re cruising or at low revs, but switches back to four when you need more power or apply the brakes.
A 110PS 1.0-litre unit was added to the range in 2016 and will officially return 62.8mpg and 104g/km of CO2. The 2016 update also replaced the 180PS 1.8-litre petrol with a 190PS 2.0-litre unit. Economy for the powerful 2.0 petrol ranges from 47- 49mpg, depending if you choose the six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. The 190PS unit can also be specified with quattro all-wheel drive.
All of the diesel engines are commendable, although we were really impressed with the range topping 2.0 TDI quattro. Boasting 184PS, the unit can rival most hot hatches and covers 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, yet returns a claimed 58.0mpg.
If competing with the Golf GTI and the Focus ST at the traffic lights isn’t your thing, then the efficient and punchy 2.0 TDI with 150PS will be more than sufficient. It has plenty of pull in the low revs and a quiet operation at higher speeds.
What’s more, in SE trim, the 150PS unit will officially return 67mpg - 70mpg, depending on which model year you choose. As you'd expect, the newer versions are the most efficient, with the latest models emitting 105g/km of CO2.
However, regardless of which engine you choose, the A3 Sportback is always engaging and fun to drive. One of the criticisms of the old A3 was its lack of handling ability, but Audi has addressed these complaints and transformed the new model into a much better package.
Both the ride and handling are good and the A3 has plenty of grip in the corners, thanks to a chassis that's stiffened and impeccably balanced. Push the A3 at high speeds and it will remain predictable and calm, while its nimble handling makes it great fun on B-roads.
For most drivers, the standard SE trim will meet all of their everyday needs, with a soft ride coupled to responsive chassis. However, if you specify one of the more powerful engines then it might make sense to spend more on the trim. Both the Sport and S line models get sports suspension, a lower ride height (15mm lower on Sport and 25mm lower on S line) plus bigger alloys, which make the handling much more responsive but harder over potholes at slow speeds.
|1.0 TFSI||63 mpg||9.9 s||104–108 g/km|
|1.0 TFSI S tronic||63 mpg||9.9 s||104–108 g/km|
|1.2 TFSI||57–58 mpg||10.1 s||114–117 g/km|
|1.2 TFSI S tronic||57–59 mpg||10.1 s||110–116 g/km|
|1.4 TFSI 125||52–55 mpg||9.4 s||117–124 g/km|
|1.4 TFSI 125 S tronic||54–58 mpg||9.3 s||114–119 g/km|
|1.4 TFSI 150||58–61 mpg||7.9–8.2 s||107–114 g/km|
|1.4 TFSI 150 S tronic||57–59 mpg||7.9–8.2 s||109–115 g/km|
|1.5 TFSI||57 mpg||8.2 s||114–118 g/km|
|1.5 TFSI S tronic||59 mpg||8.2 s||110–114 g/km|
|1.6 TDI||60–83 mpg||10.3–11.2 s||89–127 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 116||71 mpg||10.4 s||106–109 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 116 S tronic||72 mpg||10.4 s||103–107 g/km|
|1.6 TDI S tronic||69–74 mpg||10.3–10.7 s||99–107 g/km|
|1.6 TDI Ultra||83 mpg||10.7 s||89 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI||49 mpg||7.2 s||135 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI quattro S tronic||43–44 mpg||6.8 s||149–153 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI S tronic||50 mpg||7.3 s||129 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150||66–71 mpg||8.3–8.6 s||105–109 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 quattro||58–59 mpg||8.0–8.3 s||125–127 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 S tronic||61–66 mpg||8.0–8.3 s||112–121 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 184||63–67 mpg||7.4 s||112–118 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 184 quattro S tronic||57–59 mpg||6.8–6.9 s||127–130 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI||50 mpg||6.9 s||129–130 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 190||50–50 mpg||6.9 s||130 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 190 quattro S tronic||48–49 mpg||6.2 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 190 S tronic||49–50 mpg||6.8 s||130 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||49 mpg||6.2 s||133–134 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI S tronic||50 mpg||6.8 s||129–130 g/km|
|30 TDI||64 mpg||10.4 s||114–118 g/km|
|30 TDI S tronic||72 mpg||10.4 s||104–105 g/km|
|30 TFSI||57 mpg||9.9 s||114–118 g/km|
|30 TFSI S tronic||55 mpg||9.9 s||115–118 g/km|
|35 TDI||64–66 mpg||-||109–111 g/km|
|35 TDI S tronic||63 mpg||-||117 g/km|
|35 TFSI||53 mpg||8.2 s||121–125 g/km|
|35 TFSI S tronic||57 mpg||8.2 s||115–117 g/km|
|40 TDI S tronic||57 mpg||-||133 g/km|
|40 TFSI S tronic||44 mpg||-||133–138 g/km|
Audi A3 Sportback (2013 – 2020) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1180–1525 kg|
|Boot Space||340–1220 L|
|Warranty||3 years / 100000 miles|
|Standard||Space-saving spare wheel / Tyre-repair kit|
|Road Tax Bands||A–G|
|Official MPG||42.8–83.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
Currently on sale
On sale until November 2019
|30 TFSI 116 Black Edition 5dr||£26,845||56.5 mpg||9.9 s|
|30 TFSI 116 S Line 5dr||£25,495||56.5 mpg||9.9 s|
|30 TFSI 116 SE Technik 5dr||£22,190||56.5 mpg||9.9 s|
|30 TFSI 116 Sport 5dr||£23,345||56.5 mpg||9.9 s|
|35 TFSI Cod 150 Black Edition 5dr||£28,995||53.3 mpg||8.2 s|
|35 TFSI Cod 150 S Line 5dr||£27,645||53.3 mpg||8.2 s|
|35 TFSI Cod 150 S Line S tronic 5dr||£29,195||56.5 mpg||8.2 s|
|35 TFSI Cod 150 Sport 5dr||£25,495||53.3 mpg||8.2 s|
|35 TFSI Cod Black Edition S tronic 5dr||£30,545||56.5 mpg||8.2 s|
|35 TFSI Cod SE Technik 5dr||£24,340||53.3 mpg||8.2 s|
|35 TFSI Cod SE Technik S tronic 5dr||£25,890||56.5 mpg||8.2 s|
|35 TFSI Cod Sport S tronic 5dr||£27,045||56.5 mpg||8.2 s|
On sale until February 2019
|1.6 TDI 116 Sport S tronic 5dr||£26,785||72.4 mpg||10.4 s|
On sale until January 2019
|2.0 TDI 150 Black Edition 5dr||£30,125||67.3 mpg||8.6 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 S Line 5dr||£28,775||67.3 mpg||8.6 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 S Line S tronic 7speed 5dr||£30,325||64.2 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 SE Technik 5dr||£25,430||67.3 mpg||8.6 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 Sport 5dr||£26,625||67.3 mpg||8.6 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 Sport S tronic 7speed 5dr||£28,175||64.2 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI Quattro Black Edition S tronic 7speed 5dr||£34,375||56.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|2.0 TFSI 190 Black Edition 5dr||£30,415||50.4 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI 190 S Line 5dr||£29,065||50.4 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI 190 Sport 5dr||£26,915||50.4 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI 190 Sport S tronic 5dr||£28,465||49.6 mpg||6.8 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 190 S Line S tronic 5dr||£32,085||48.7 mpg||6.2 s|
|2.0TDI 150 Black Edition S tronic 7speed 5dr||£31,675||64.2 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0TDI Quattro 184 S Line S tronic 7speed 5dr||£33,025||56.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|2.0TFSI Quattro 190 Black Edition S tronic 5dr||£33,435||48.7 mpg||6.2 s|
On sale until November 2018
On sale until March 2018
|1.0 TFSI 116 SE 5dr||£20,985||62.8 mpg||9.9 s|
|1.0 TFSI 116 SE S tronic 5dr||£22,535||62.8 mpg||9.9 s|
|1.5 TFSI Cod 150 SE 5dr||£23,155||56.5 mpg||8.2 s|
|1.5 TFSI Cod 150 SE S tronic 5dr||£24,685||58.9 mpg||8.2 s|
|1.6 TDI 116 SE 5dr||£23,235||70.6 mpg||10.4 s|
|1.6 TDI 116 SE S tronic 5dr||£24,785||72.4 mpg||10.4 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr||£24,585||67.3 mpg||8.6 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 SE S tronic 7speed 5dr||£26,155||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI 184 Black Edition 5dr||£30,925||62.8 mpg||7.4 s|
|2.0 TDI 184 S Line 5dr||£29,575||62.8 mpg||7.4 s|
|2.0 TDI 184 Sport 5dr||£27,425||62.8 mpg||7.4 s|
|2.0 TDI Quattro 150 Black Edition 5dr||£31,085||58.9 mpg||8.3 s|
|2.0 TDI Quattro 150 S Line 5dr||£29,735||58.9 mpg||8.3 s|
|2.0 TDI Quattro 150 Sport 5dr||£27,585||58.9 mpg||8.3 s|
|2.0 TDI SE Tchnk S tronic 7speed 5dr||£26,550||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TFSI 190 Black Edition S tronic 5dr||£31,535||49.6 mpg||6.8 s|
|2.0 TFSI 190 S Line S tronic 5dr||£30,185||49.6 mpg||6.8 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 190 Sport S tronic 5dr||£29,505||48.7 mpg||6.2 s|
On sale until October 2017
|1.4 TFSI Cod 150 Black Edition 5dr||£27,805||58.9 mpg||-|
|1.4 TFSI Cod 150 S Line 5dr||£26,455||58.9 mpg||-|
|1.4 TFSI Cod 150 S Line S tronic 5dr||£28,005||56.5 mpg||-|
|1.4 TFSI Cod 150 SE 5dr||£22,735||61.4 mpg||-|
|1.4 TFSI Cod 150 SE S tronic 5dr||£24,305||58.9 mpg||-|
|1.4 TFSI Cod 150 Sport 5dr||£24,285||60.1 mpg||-|
|1.4 TFSI Cod 150 Sport S tronic 5dr||£25,855||57.6 mpg||-|
|1.4TFSI Cod 150 Black Edition S tronic 5dr||£29,355||56.5 mpg||-|
|2.0 TDI 150 S Line S tronic 7speed 5dr||£29,855||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 SE S tronic 7speed 5dr||£26,155||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI 150 Sport S tronic 7speed 5dr||£27,705||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI Quattro Black Edition S tronic 7speed 5dr||£33,905||57.6 mpg||6.8 s|
|2.0 TDI SE Tchnk S tronic 7speed 5dr||£26,550||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0TDI 150 Black Edition S tronic 7speed 5dr||£31,205||65.7 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0TDI 184 Quattro Sport S tronic 7speed 5dr||£30,405||57.6 mpg||6.8 s|
|2.0TDI Quattro 184 S Line S tronic 7speed 5dr||£32,555||57.6 mpg||6.8 s|
On sale until April 2017
On sale until March 2017
|1.6 TDI 110 Black Edition 5dr||£27,285||68.9 mpg||10.3 s|
|1.6 TDI 110 Black Edition S tronic 5dr||£28,835||70.6 mpg||10.3 s|
On sale until May 2016
On sale until April 2016
|1.6 TDI 110ps SE 5dr||£21,735||74.3 mpg||-|
On sale until February 2016
|1.6TDI Ultra 110 SE Technik 5dr||£22,485||83.1 mpg||10.7 s|
On sale until October 2015
On sale until April 2015
|1.2 TFSI S line 110 5dr||£22,745||57.6 mpg||10.1 s|
|1.2 TFSI S line 110 S tronic Auto 5dr||£24,225||58.9 mpg||10.1 s|
|1.6 TDI SE 110 5dr||£21,445||74.3 mpg||10.7 s|
|1.6 TDI SE Technik 110 5dr||£22,195||74.3 mpg||10.7 s|
|1.8 TFSI quattro Sport 180 S tronic Auto 5dr||£27,450||43.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|1.8 TFSI S line 180 5dr||£26,675||48.7 mpg||7.2 s|
|1.8 TFSI S line 180 S tronic Auto 5dr||£28,025||50.4 mpg||7.3 s|
|1.8 TFSI Sport 180 5dr||£24,525||48.7 mpg||7.2 s|
|1.8 TFSI Sport 180 S tronic Auto 5dr||£25,875||50.4 mpg||7.3 s|
- 1.4 TFSI post-2016 models get lots of kit as standard.
- More practical version of the A3 has more passenger space and a larger boot.
- Wide choice of engines including impressive 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI.
- On the CHPA EA211 1.4TSI engine from 2012, the toothed timing belt does not drive the waterpump. The waterpump is driven by a separate aux belt/alternator belt which are one and the same thin
- Volkswagen's new modular 1.4 litre EA211 TSI is belt cam, not chain cam.
- Ride can get quite hard on sports suspension and large wheels.
What to watch out for
11-1-2013: Warranty on S tronic 7 speed dry clutch DQ200 gearbox extended to 5 years or 150,000 kilometres in Russia and China.
12-5-2014: May 2013 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI S line developed an engine fault in April 2014, "effectively running on less than four cylinders, the car sounded like a bag of spanners." Audi dealer has had it for five weeks and not been able to resolve the problem.
13-7-2015: Weird problem with electromechanical parking brake of 2014 Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI bought nearly new from Motorpoint Glasgow (not from an Audi dealer). Apparently in A3 from 2014 onward there is a new sensor system. To try and resolve matters the dealer fitted a new drivers door latch and door sensor as well as rebooting the system to no avail. Reader wrote, "They have advised that the new system is based on a 5 fault system. They are now questioning how long I spend in my car when it is stationary. For example if I go shopping with my wife and I wish to stay in the car I have to take off my seat belt, take my key out of the ignition and open and shut my door to avoid faults being generated, due to the system not recognising that the driver is leaving the car. When 5 faults are generated the electronic handbrake will not release. To remedy this I have to press the normal pedal brake and this will allow me to set off. To clear the faults away I have been told to drive over 15km an hour and again take off seat belt remove ignition key etc. This believe it or not works but I feel that this is a way to clear the fault but not fix it."
2-1-2016: Satnav of new 2015 Audi A3 Sportback does not always recalculate the route after a missed turn and sticks, requiring re-setting of the route, especially around Paris.
21-5-2016: 2014 Audi A3 1.4 TSI COD 140 found to be using a litre of oil in 600 miles.
4-9-2016: Complaint of extremely notchy and particularly difficult 6-speed manual gearbox in November 2013 Audi A3 1.4 TSI Sportback. Sometimes impossible to engage reverse. May be connected to transmission problems in 2011 - 2015 Passat.
25-11-2018: Report of failure of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch 's-tronic' in 2013 Audi A3 1.8TFSI Sportback in 2017 at 18,000 miles, which Audi repaired with a 2 Year warranty which expires in July 2019. Owner worrid it might happen again.
3-7-2019: Shortage of petrol fuel tanks for Audi A3 Sportback 1.4TFSI models (maybe other A3s) still a current model at the time. Composite plastic tank had been drilled to steal fuel in April 2019 and no tank available since that date.
10-8-2019: Report of MMI system of 2014 Audi A3 Sportback going "bonkers". Dealer syas it needs a completely new module costing £2,500.
25-11-2019: Report of DAB radio reception failing in a 2014 Audi A3 Sportback.
28-11-2019: Report of problems with "coasting stop/start" function in Audi A3 1.0TSI Sportback that led to a new clutch and dual mass flywheel needing to be fitted at a cost to the owner of more than £20,000.
4-11-2015: EA288 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI engines recalled in USA because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort."A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash," a statement cautions. The campaign affects approximately 92,000 vehicles including the 2015-2016 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. In notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VAG stated that the root cause of the camshaft failures has not been fully understood. The company is still continuing an in-depth failure analysis and development of a repair solution, however a fix may not be ready until the end of the first quarter of 2016.
8-7-2017: Announcement on Reuters that Volkswagen (VAG) is recalling 766,000 VW Golf Mk VIIs, Audi A3s, Skoda Octavias and SEAT Leons worldwide for a software update to their braking control systems. The braking control system may not function properly in certain driving conditions, such as when the driver over-steers, under-steers or slams on the brakes. VAG is recalling 288,000 VW Golf Mk VIIs, Audi A3s, Skoda Octavias and SEAT Leons in Germany over the issue. The German recall impacts about 385,000 cars, the spokesman said. The recall in Germany was first reported by news agency DPA.
- September 2012: Five-door A3 Sportback launched
- February 2013
- August 2013
- May 2015: Audi A3 2016 model year improvements announced
- May 2016: A3 model range revised
- November 2016: A3 Black Edition launched
Five-door A3 Sportback launched
Thanks to the 58 millimetre increase in wheelbase, the A3 Sportback offers ample rear seat space and easy access for three adults. It also offers several millimetres more head and leg room than its predecessor.
4,310mm long, 1,780mm wide, 1,425mm high on a wheelbase of 2,636 millimetres. This makes the five-door A3 Sportback 35 millimetres longer between the axles than the A3.
Equipment levels mirror the three-door A3 across the three SE, Sport and S line specification levels, but the more family-oriented Sportback also adds rear electric windows and rear door child locks in each case. Highlights include alloy wheels, air conditioning (manual in the SE, dual zone with electronic control in Sport and Sline), the acclaimed MMI radio with its 11 millimetre-thin electrically folding screen, preparation for SD card navigation, Audi Music Interface iPod connection, a Driver Information System, the Bluetooth mobile phone interface with voice control and a multi-function steering wheel.
Sport models upgrade to larger alloy wheels and incorporate the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system that enables the driver to choose from five modes dictating the car's driving characteristics - Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual. They influence the weighting of the steering, the sensitivity of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the S tronic transmission if this is fitted and the parameters used by the optional adaptive cruise control system. Additional Sport features also include sports seats, sports steering wheel and additional aluminium detailing inside and out.
Stand-out features of the top S line specification include 18-inch alloy wheels, S line body styling, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps, an S line sports steering wheel and part-leather-upholstered sports seats embossed with the S line logo.
The luggage compartment offers 380 litres of space in the basic configuration, 10 litres more than its predecessor. This expands to 1,220 litres with the seats folded down. The cargo floor is flat and the opening between the wheel wells measures 100 centimetres. The floor can be inserted on two levels, and the supports on which it rests are marked with small LED lights. The rear seat can be folded down in a 60:40 split or as a whole. Hooks for bags and tie-down rings are standard. Options include a reversible mat, a storage and luggage compartment package and a through-load facility for lengthier items such as skis and snowboards.
Choice of one TDI and two TFSI engines. (Two diesel engines and one petrol unit to follow later.) They combine multiple efficiency technologies - direct injection, turbocharging, innovative thermal management and the start-stop system. Fuel consumption has been reduced on average by around 10 per cent compared with the previous model.
The newly developed 2.0 TDI, with balancer shafts that now rotate in the crankcase, will in the longer term be available in two versions. The first to arrive will be the 150PS version familiar from the three-door, which produces 320 Nm of torque and enables the front-wheel-drive A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI to reach 62mph from rest in 8.4 seconds and continue to a top speed of 133mph. Combined fuel economy for this version is 67.3mpg, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 108 g/km.
The more powerful version to follow later will offer 184PS and 380 Nm of torque. The key data (with manual transmission and front-wheel drive): zero to 62mph in 7.4 seconds, top speed of 144mph and combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg.
The 1.6-litre TDI will also follow later in 2012. The outstandingly efficient compact diesel, which is characterized by minimal internal friction, can deliver up to 74.3mpg when paired with the manual transmission, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 99g/km. It powers the Audi A3 Sportback from zero to 62mph in 10.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 121mph.
The new 1.4 TFSI will initially be the smallest petrol engine in the A3 Sportback range. Now featuring an aluminium block, and weighing just 107 kilograms- 21 kilograms less than its predecessor - it produces 122PS and 200 Nm of torque, accelerating the A3 Sportback from zero to 62mph in 9.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 126mph. Combined economy is 53.3mpg, which corresponds to 123 grams of CO2.
A second version of the 1.4 TFSI offering 140PS and 250 Nm of torque will follow. It features the innovative cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates the second and third cylinders at low to intermediate loads and while coasting.
The powerful 1.4-litre engine's combined economy is 60.1mpg. Performance is brisk, with a time of 8.4 seconds for the standard sprint (with manual transmission) and a top speed of 132mph.
The new 1.8 TFSI, the most powerful petrol engine in the range, is next in the line-up at launch. It produces 180PS and 250 Nm of torque, and combines FSI direct injection with indirect injection and the Audi valvelift system to vary valve lift as required. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head - a similar solution is also used in the two smaller TFSI engines. Key performance data with S tronic and front-wheel drive: from zero to 62mph in 7.3 seconds, top speed of 144mph and combined economy of 50.4mpg corresponding to 130 g/km.
Most Audi A3 Sportback engines are paired with a manual six-speed gearbox, with the exception of the 1.8 TFSI which, like the A3 3-door, will initially be equipped exclusively with S tronic transmission. S tronic will be available as an option for all other engines. Depending on the version, the dual-clutch transmission shifts extremely quickly and nearly imperceptibly through six or seven gears.
Reworked 1.2 TFSI engine with 105 PS and 57.6 mpg capability annouced, priced £17,905 to £22,760 OTR. 0-60 10.0 seconds. 175Nm torque.
Thanks to ample 105 PS and 175 Nm outputs, economy isn't the only string to their bow - the six-speed manual version reaches 62 mph from rest 0.7 seconds quicker than its predecessor at 10.3 seconds without compromising efficiency - CO2 output is now 13 g/km less than before at 114 g/km.
The most diminutive unit in the Audi range achieves its excellent efficiency not only with the help of a start-stop system and energy recuperation, but also through numerous optimisation measures. Its piston rings and crank shaft bearings have been engineered for minimal friction, its aluminium crankcase has its own coolant circuit separate from the cylinder head and a regulated water pump ensures that the water in its block is not circulated immediately after the engine is started, enabling the engine to come up to temperature more quickly.
The common rail unit injects the fuel at up to 150 bar pressure into the combustion chambers, and its turbocharger has an electric actuator that actuates the wastegate flap particularly quickly and precisely. This enables rapid generation of boost pressure and a decrease in fuel consumption under partial load.
Standard equipment common to all includes alloy wheels, air conditioning or climate control, the Audi Music Interface (AMI) linked to an electrically retracting colour MMI display screen, Bluetooth connectivity, a Driver's Information System and preparation for SD card-based satellite navigation. Sport models include larger alloy wheels, front sports seats, sports suspension, the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, additional aluminium interior elements and chrome body detailing.
The highest specification S line models benefit from 18-inch partly polished alloy wheels, Xenon Plus headlights with LED-daytime running lights, Biathlon cloth and leather upholstery with S line embossing and contrasting silver stitching, matt brushed aluminium inlays and a flat-bottomed S line steering wheel.
Prices start from £17,905 OTR for the A3 1.2 TFSI with six-speed manual transmission in SE specification and rise to £22,760 OTR for the range-topping S line model with optional S tronic twin-clutch transmission. Ordering for five-door Sportback 1.2 TFSI from summer 2013.
A3 and A3 Sportback now offered with same 184PS 2.0 TDI as Leon and Golf. OTR prices from £24,375 to £30,055. Available in front-wheel-drive and quattro all-wheel-drive formats, and exclusively in conjunction with Sport or S line specification. First deliveries in September 2013. A3 2.0 TDI 184PS six-speed manual: 0-62mph in 7.3 secs, top speed 145mph, combined MPG 68.9, CO2 108g/km. LED headlights and black styling package now available at extra cost.
Audi A3 2016 model year improvements announced
A3 three-door and Sportback 1.6 TDI 110PS down to 89G/Km CO2 and named "Ultra'. A3 1.6 TDI ultra priced from £20,865 OTR, A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra from £21,485 OTR. A3 1.6 TDI ultra six-speed manual – 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds, top speed 124mph, combined MPG 83.1, CO 2 89g/km
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 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra SE (6-speed man, 110PS) £21,485
A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra SE Technik (6-speed man, 110PS) £22,235
A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI quattro SE (6-speed man, 110PS) £22,915
A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 110PS) £24,315
A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 150PS) £25,665
A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro S line (6-speed man, 150PS) £27,815
A3 model range revised
All of the new A3 S tronic models are now wet clutch 7-speed maintenance boxes. Much more robust than the previous 7-speed dry clutch S tronic and comparatively easy to change the fluid and filter every three years.
A3 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.
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