New turbocharged 1.5-litre powers the small car.
Technology levels rise with bigger screens and more safety features.
The A3 is a rare entry in the compact luxury segment.
The small luxury sedan is far from being where the company bottom is made or broken. Although sales in this segment have little room to grow, all three German luxury brands have now introduced new offerings. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé were joined by a new Audi A3 Sportback recently, and now, the final piece, the A3 Sedan.
The all-new Audi A3 sedan is 4cm longer overall although the wheelbase remains unchanged. The car is wider by 2cm and taller by 1cm. These increases benefit interior volume which has grown slightly. In contrast to the attractive Sportback, the sedan is a full 15cm longer overall. Despite these increases, the A3 sedan is still compact however, from a distance, it certainly looks as expensive and luxurious as any other Audi sedan.
Standard interior features include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, which can grow to 12.3 inches as an option. The central display, controlled by the latest MMI, measures a full 10.1 inches and includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and many more accessories.
Powering the new Audi A3 Sedan is a pair of TFSI petrol engines and one TDI. The 35 TFSI is a 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 150PS, or 148-horsepower. In many markets, it will be available with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed S tronic transmission. The latter will incorporate a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The system recovers energy during deceleration and can provide a boost of up to 36.9 lb.-ft. of torque when accelerating from low engine speeds.
The new Audi A3 sedan will be available for pre-sale in Europe as of the end of April. No news yet if Audi intends on bringing the car to North America however we’re quite certain that the Sedan has a better chance of making it to our market over the lovely Sportback.