Credited as starting the premium hatchback segment, Audi’s much-loved classy compact, the A3, has been unveiled as an all new model. The fourth-generation builds on the classy, minimalist styling of its predecessor, with sporty details peppered across the bodywork.
Available as both a Sportback and Sedan, the new A3 will be available in a number of trim levels. First up is the ‘Standard’ model, which received 16-inch alloy wheels and black detailing around the radiator grille. A step above, the ‘Advanced’ model receives slightly bigger alloys (17-inch as standard), chrome exterior trim and distinctive bumpers, front and rear. Sitting at the summit is the S line trim, which includes a host of sporty styling add-ons. Aside from that, S line models also receive sportier suspension and S line badging (along with a rear spoiler for the Sportback models.) Matrix LED headlamps are an option on the new A3.
The strikingly chic interior borrows the classy wedge door handles from other Ingolstadt offerings, while a new gear lever lends the cabin a touch of individuality. Carbon fibre or aluminium inlays gives buyers further choice to personalise their A3’s. A 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, as too is a digital instrument cluster - although a 12.3-inch, optional Audi virtual cockpit plus is also available, with added functions and features.
On the safety front, Audi’s 1 Series rival was given a five-star rating by EuroNCAP, and is offered with a number of optional safety features, including lane departure warning and cross traffic assist.
Under the bonnet of the new A3 sits any number of engine options. Currently, just two powertrains are available - the 35 TFSI with 110 kw, mated to an 8-speed auto and the 40 TFSI (available in November 2021) with 140 kW and a 7-speed S tronic transmission. The performance S3 derivative offers up 213 kW and 400 Nm of torque, fed through a sporty 7-speed S tronic ‘box to all four-wheels.
Expect the range-topping RS3 (with 294 kW/500 Nm) to reach South African shores in 2022.
A3 Sportback 35 TSFI - R561 000
A3 Sportback 35 TFSI Advanced - R586 000
A3 Sportback 35 TFSI S line - R601 000
A3 Sportback 40 TFSI S line - R641 000
S3 Sportback TFSI quattro - R795 000
A3 Sedan 35 TFSI - R576 000
A3 Sedan 35 TFSI Advanced - R601 000
A3 Sedan 35 TFSI S line - R616 000
A3 Sedan 40 TFSI S line - R656 000
S3 Sedan TFSI quattro - R810 000