Audi A3 is produced by the German Car Manufacturer Audi. There are various versions of Audi A3 which are the Audi A3 Sportback, the Audi A3 Saloon, the Audi A3 Cabriolet, the Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron, and the Audi A3 Sportback g-Tron. Audi is the subdivision of the Volkswagen Group, now on its third generation. The early version of Audi A3 is based on the Volkswagen Group A platform, which is being shared with the Audi TT and Volkswagen Golf.
Early Audi A3 is available only with a 3-door hatchback body, to present a more sporty car than the Golf, and found in the front and four-wheel drive. The inline four-cylinder engines were transversely mounted. The Audi A3 was the 8th model in the Audi lineup that used 5 valves per cylinder.
In January 2007, the normally aspirated non-turbo engine was replaced by a new turbocharged 1.8 TFSI engine rated 160 PS (118 KW, 158 hp). It is available in front-wheel drive only. In late 2007, Audi introduced a 125 PS (92 KW, 123 hp) 1.4L TFSI engine for the A3, replacing the 1.6 L FSI engine, and a new diesel “e”-model. Audi’s equivalent to Volkswagen’s BlueMotion (the “e”-model), is available with the 1.9 L TDI engine, and offers a more ecological car, with a CO2 emission below 120 g/km.
Audi released 2 models of A3 1.6 TDI for the European market in June 2009 with the first uses of start/stop engine option and energy recovery system and produced 105 PS (77 KW, 104 hp). This engine achieves about 4.1 L/100 km. And the second engine of Audi A3 does not use the same efficiency systems and produces 66 KW; 89 hp used to get 4.5 L/100 km. They went on sale in June 2009.
The variants were produced for North America Market and became the second Audi TDI vehicle sold in North America, after the Audi Q7 TDI in 2008. The Audi A3 has a Hill-hold assist, Sirius satellite radio, leather seats, and steering wheel, auxiliary audio input, dual-zone climate control and S-Tronic transmission with FWD drive, 17 inches (432 mm) alloy wheels. The US model began its sales in the first quarter of 2010 as a 2010 model year vehicle.
Audi A3 35 TFSI Technology is the top petrol variant in the A3 lineup. The gasoline motor comes mated to 7-Speed Automatic transmission which is a joy to use. Audi claims an average of 19.2 km/L for this top 35 TFSI Technology variant.
Audi’s shape was so utterly familiar you can park a new Audi A3 next to the old and not only struggle to tell one from the other, and once your eyes have picked out the myriad differences, still not be entirely sure of the new car. Audi A3 2016 facelift certainly makes that process slightly easier – although only when you look from the front – as the bonnet has sharper crease lines and the headlights have gained an unfortunate looking extension.
The interior of A3 is spacious – at least in the front. Rear-seat passengers have been deliberately denied more than adequate legroom to give owner/occupiers with the grounds to spend more on the longer wheelbase A3 Sportback.
There are more than 6 trim levels available with the 3-door A3 – starting with the SE and going all the way up to S3 Black Edition. Choose for a SE A3 and you’ll find 16-inch alloys, xenon headlights, cruise control, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers fitted as standard on the outside. On the inside, there is air conditioning, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and Audi’s MMI infotainment system complete with a 7-inch display, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and smartphone integration. Choose for Sport trim and the Audi A3 got 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, front sports seats and touches of aluminum, while S-line cars get LED headlights, a sporty body kit, firmed-up suspension, ambient interior LED lighting, a part-leather upholstery, and 18-inch alloys.