2020 Audi A3 Saloon revealed as Mercedes-Benz A-Class rival

Published 21 April 2020

Audi has revealed a saloon version of its new A3 ahead of orders opening later this year with prices expected to start in the region of £27,000.

Closely related to the new Audi A3 Sportback, the saloon will initially be sold with a choice of petrol and diesel engines and will rival the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon.

The petrol offering is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit badged the 35 TFSI. This can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox. When paired with the dual-clutch auto, the 35 TFSI features a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which recovers energy under deceleration and can provide up to 50Nm of torque, allowing the A3 saloon to coast with the engine off.

The diesel, meanwhile, is a 2.0-litre TDI which also provides 150PS via a seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox. Two more engines will follow weeks after market launch including a lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.  Audi is yet to confirm UK prices and specifications, but expect all these engines to be offered here - while a plug-in hybrid is also likely.

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Buyers will be able to choose from two suspension setups in the UK - the standard system, as well as a firmer sports suspension. Adaptive dampers will be offered in other markets but aren’t expected to be sold in the UK.

Although marginally bigger than its predecessor, the A3 Saloon isn’t noticeably different in terms of dimensions. Audi’s claiming an extra 2cm of front headroom (thanks to lowered seats), as well as a slight improvement in elbow room. The boot remains the same, at 425 litres.

Just like the Sportback, the biggest difference to the A3 Saloon compared to its predecessor is the quality of the interior. There’s a slick 10.1-inch touchscreen media system in the centre of the dash, angled slightly towards the driver. A 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is fitted as standard, while a larger 12.3-inch system is also available.

We’ll find out more about the new Audi A3 Saloon - including UK prices and specifications - ahead of it going on sale soon with deliveries in the summer.

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gavsmit    on 21 April 2020

I bet the entry level model will cost near £30k when launched - new model launches from most manufacturers now include a HUGE price hike.

Even though this car looks like the last model, and all Audis in general, what puts me off even more is that VW/Audi aren't as reliable as some other cars and despite paying a premium for them, still only offer a 3 year warranty for their 'superior' cars.

A quick scan of some nearly new cars from other, more mainstream, manufacturers uncovered some cracking deals on much more reliable cars with longer warranties whose driving experience is also the match of any prestige make on our congested / potholed roads.

groaver    on 21 April 2020

Yes but the interiors of your cheaper cars can be low rent. You pay more for a reason.

gavsmit    on 27 April 2020

I don't like the interior of this Audi though, and I don't expect to pay thousands more for just a squashy 'quality' dashboard - there has to be more substance than that to justify the premium price, but the engines / mechanical bits of Audis are shared with cheaper cars like the Polo and Golf.

On top of that, VW/Audi interior quality is getting worse in their new models (maybe as a result of Dieselgate legal action cost cutting) with some mainstream manufacturer's interiors now being on a par with them despite costing a lot less. A busier looking (and messy) design isn't going to hide cheap materials being used here and there.

Engineer Andy    on 21 April 2020

Just what we all need - an Audi with a firmer suspension. Maybe it can go on the 'Flintstone' grade.

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