Due to go on sale next month, the Audi A3 petrol engines changes may not be noticeable at first glance, the grille’s slightly wider, the headlamps slimmer and the tailgate looks wider, however, lift the bonnet and you’ll be impressed with the updates that include a turbocharged 1.0 litre 3 cylinder, packing a powerful punch. The entry-level A3 is approximately £18,000, making it very affordable.
Sitting at the top of the A3 fleet, the new 2.0 litre 4 cylinder delivers 188bhp and 320Nm of torque from just 1,500rmp. It also boosts a 7 speed gear box, with the option of Audi’s quattro 4-wheel drive.
In between the two there’s a 1.4 lite turbo engine that has the ability to shut down 2 cylinders as a fuel saving feature when power demands are light. Despite this Audi haven’t made claims to any fuel economy or CO2 emissions for the new range.
Safety features include improved lane-assist and pre-safe braking system, pedestrian protection and cross-traffic warnings designed to make reversing out of parking spaces easier.
The biggest change to the A3 is the option of Audi’s Visual Cockpit set-up, which includes an upgrade for the instrument panel’s 12.3 inch TFT screen and a retractable multimedia screen with the option of navigation or Navigation Plus that has the capability to connect to Google Street View and Google Earth.
Other engine sizes and diesel ranges will also be available this year.