The sporty, fully connected and digitalized forth generation A3 Sportback is now being introduced. It features compact proportions and a striking and sporty design. The dynamic character of the premium sports car is accentuated by the wide Singleframe and the large air inlets.The shoulder of the body extends in a smooth line from the headlights to the rear lights. Further innovation comes with the digital daylight running lights of the Matrix LED headlights. The sporty and sophisticated design is continued in the interior with new features such as the alumininum or carbon inlays, striking door openers and an instrument panel with a black-panel look. The seat upholstery is made from recycled PET bottles and stylish contrasting stitching.
The cockpit of the new A3 Sportback is completely focused on the drivers needs. It comes with a 10.1-inch touch display as a standard feature and uses familiar elements from the brands full-size models. The touch display recognises letters entered by hand, provides acoustic feedback and is able to be controlled using natural language. The Audi Virtual Cockpit offers additional functions that include a large display of navigation map.The plus version measures 12.3 inches and offers 3 different views to the driver. Upon request, a head-up display can also be installed, projecting important information onto the windshield.
The infotainment has been intensified, with the MMI operating concept being powered by the new third generation modular infotainment platform. Its computing power is ten times higher than that of its predecessor, it performs all tasks relating to connectivity, including telephony and the Audi connect services with LTE Advanced speed, and also has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot. There can be six user profiles, each that can store individual settings, from climate control to seat position and frequently used media.
The A3 Sportback is connected to the smartphone via the myAudi app, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, as well as via the Audi phone box. The latter connects the device to the car antenna and charges it inductively. The Audi connect key authorises the customer to lock and unlock the car and start the engine via their Android smartphone. Route guidance is even easier and more flexible. For example, the navigation offers predictions on the development of the traffic situation, high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth and detailed 3D models of many major European cities. Audi connect enriches points of interest with photos, opening hours and user reviews. The connect services also include the car-to-X services.
The new Audi A3 Sportback comes with a choice of three engine versions – a 1.5 TFSI with 110 kW (150 PS), 2.0 TDI with 85 kW (116 PS) or 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 PS). All engines impress with their powerful torque and sophisticated running characteristics and will be combined with front-wheel drive. Power will be transmitted by a six-speed manual transmission or the quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic, the selector lever of which is now designed as a compact shifter.
The suspension of the new A3 Sportback – with a four-link rear axle for engines from 110 kW (150 PS) is sporty and balanced. It combines pleasant ride comfort with good dynamics and upon request, the suspension is available with adaptive damper control, lowering the body by 10 millimetres (0.4 in). The dampers permanently adapt to the road condition, the driving situation and the settings in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. With the sport suspension, which is standard with the S line exterior, otherwise an option – the focus is on the latter. Due to the tauter tuning of the suspension and dampers and the fact that the vehicle is lowered by 15 millimetres (0.6 in), the compact model conveys an even more direct contact with the road surface.
The new A3 Sportback offers more space and functionality combined with compact external dimensions. It measures 4.34 metres (14.2 ft) in length and 1.82 metres (6.0 ft) in width without the mirrors, the premium compact car has grown by just over three centimetres (1.2 in) compared with its predecessor. The height and the wheelbase remained unchanged.