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The well-respected last-generation A3 sedan has been replaced by an all-new 2022 model which has been modernized in every fashion but retains the fun-to-drive nature that endeared us to the previous model. German rivals such as the BMW 2-series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz A-class are fueling consumers' appetites for small, premium sedans so it's no wonder Audi is doubling down on its compact car and giving it a richer interior, advanced technology, and razor-sharp looks. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard, all-wheel drive is optional, and a host of driver-assistance features are are on hand, which are to make the A3 a desirable choice.

What's New for 2022?

Audi's entry-level car is all-new for 2022 and features sharper styling and modernized interior tech. The A3 will be sold exclusively in sedan form in North America, while the hatchback Sportback model will be sold in Europe and other global markets.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The A3 is offered in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims like that of other Audis currently on sale. We recommend the mid-range Premium Plus model, which offers the best mix of features and price. Going with the Premium Plus adds niceties such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, memory settings for the driver, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and passive keyless entry.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Even though European models offer a variety of powertrains, the A3 that's earmarked for North America is powered by a 201-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 48-volt hybrid system; the powertrain is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard. Audi has mentioned a plug-in hybrid model, probably sporting the e-tron name, may be made available later on. On a brief test drive of the new model, we were happy to find that the playful handling that made the last generation model so entertaining was preserved in the makeover. The turbocharged four-cylinder feels perky and eager, even if its horsepower rating isn't as high as the outgoing car's optional 228-hp powerplant. Those who want more power should consider the also-new S3, which we review separately. When we get a chance to take the A3 to our test track, we'll update this story with test results.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates that the 2022 A3 should deliver 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway when equipped with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive models are rated for 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. When we get the chance to put the new A3 through our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route we'll update this story with results. For more information about the A3's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside the 2022 A3, Audi's designers have taken the more staid styling of the larger A4 sedan and dialed in more personality. Two large air vents that flank the car's gauge display, and a stitched panel lines the top of the dashboard. The available sport seats feature faux-suede upholstery and quilted seating surfaces. Small-car cargo space isn't usually particularly generous but we're expecting the A3's trunk to provide enough space for an average grocery-store haul or a weekend's worth of luggage for road tripping.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The A3 features either a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen or a larger, optional 12.3-inch unit. Mercifully, the A3 forgoes the brand's new dual-screen setup that makes climate controls and vehicle driving-mode switches a digital affair. Instead, those secondary controls are handled here by good old fashioned buttons. Audi's digital Virtual Cockpit gauge display will also be standard. This reconfigurable screen is a popular feature across the rest of the Audi lineup and can display a large map in the center of the instrument cluster as well as other vehicle information, along with standard gauges for speed and rpm.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Driver-assistance technology is featured heavily on the new A3, with basics such as automated emergency braking being standard and more advanced tech coming with option packages. For more information about the A3's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Audi's standard warranty package is nothing special and both its limited and powertrain warranties match those offered by BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Rivals such as the Cadillac CT4 will offer more value here with longer powertrain coverage; the BMW 2-series offers three years or 36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles



2022 Audi A3
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan


turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 201 hp, 221 lb-ft

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Wheelbase: 103.5–103.6 in
Length: 176.9–177.3 in
Width: 71.5 in
Height: 55.7–56.2 in
Passenger Volume: 88 ft3
Trunk Volume: 8–11 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3350–3550 lb

60 mph: 6.2 sec
100 mph: 15.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.7 sec
Top Speed: 155 mph

Combined/City/Highway: 32/29/38 mpg


More Features and Specs


Audi A3

Motor vehicle

The Audi A3 is a subcompact executive/small family car (Euro NCAP)/C-segment (European Commission) manufactured and marketed since the 1990s[1][2] by the German automaker Audi subdivision of the Volkswagen Group, currently in its fourth generation.

The first two generations of the Audi A3 were based on the Volkswagen Group A platform, which they share with the Audi TT, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Caddy, and Volkswagen Touran, as well as SEAT León, SEAT Toledo, and Škoda Octavia.

The third-generation A3 uses the Volkswagen Group MQB platform.

First generation (Typ 8L; 1996)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (8L)
Audi A3 front 20080326.jpg

Audi A3 5-door (post-facelift)

DesignerDirk van Braeckel (1992)[3][4]
Body style3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
PlatformVolkswagen Group A4 (PQ34)
RelatedVolkswagen Golf Mk4
SEAT León Mk1
EnginePetrol engine
Diesel engine
WheelbaseA3 2,513 mm (98.9 in)
quattro & S3: 2,519 mm (99.2 in)
LengthA3 4,152 mm (163.5 in)
S3 4,159 mm (163.7 in)
WidthA3 1,735 mm (68.3 in)
S3 1,763 mm (69.4 in)
HeightA3 1,423 mm (56.0 in)
S3 1,415 mm (55.7 in)

The original A3 (or Type 8L) was introduced in the European market in 1996, marking Audi's return to the production of smaller cars following the demise of the Audi 50 in 1978. This was the first Volkswagen Group model to use the "PQ34" or "A4" platform, bearing a close resemblance to the contemporary Volkswagen Golf Mk4, which arrived a year later. Within three years, this platform was used for total of seven cars.

The A3 was initially available only with a three-door hatchback body, to present a more sporty image than the Golf, in both front and four-wheel drive. The inline four-cylinder engines were transversely mounted. The Audi A3 was the eighth model in the Audi lineup to use five valves per cylinder.

The United Kingdom market first received the Audi A3 in November 1996.

In 1999 Audi expanded the range with the introduction of more powerful versions: a 1.8 turbo rated 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp), and a 1.9 TDIdiesel engine with unit injector "Pumpe Düse" (PD) technology and variable geometry turbocharger. The four-wheel-drive A3 1.8T quattro used either the 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) or 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) engine, and the same Haldex Traction-based four-wheel-drive system as the Audi S3 and the Audi TT. Also in 1999, Audi also introduced a five-door body.

In late 2000 the A3 range was revised with new headlights and rear lamps, other minor cosmetic changes, an improved interior, and the introduction of a six-speed manual gearbox, on the 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) 1.8 Turbo and the new 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) 1.9 TDI.

Audi's electronic stability control, traction-control, and brake force distribution computer became standard equipment in some countries.

Although the first-generation Audi A3 was replaced in Europe in 2003, the first generation model continued to be sold in some markets. Production of the first generation model stopped in Brazil in 2006.

  • Audi A3 3-door (pre-facelift)

  • Audi A3 3-door (pre-facelift)

  • Audi A3 5-door (pre-facelift)

  • Audi A3 5-door (post-facelift)


Euro NCAP rating of 4 out of 5 stars.[5] Their evaluation concluded "the column lock, adjuster lever and bracket presented hazards in the knee impact area for the driver. These could cause high loads on his upper legs and damage to his knees." The A3 also provides almost no protection to pedestrians, giving it two stars out of a possible four.[5]

S3 (1999–2003)[edit]

Audi S3 (facelift) finished in Imola Yellow

Audi released the A3-derived Audi S3 in 1999, only as a three-door hatchback. The inline-four 20v 1.8 L turbochargedpetrol engine came in two versions: 210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp) and 225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp). Early models (1999–2001) had 210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp). Later models (2001–2003) had variable valve timing and 225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp). The engine had a maximum of 280 N⋅m (210 ft⋅lbf) torque. This was the first time a small four-cylinder engine had been used in an Audi S-series car.

Although dubbed "quattro", the S3 uses a different four-wheel drive system.[6] The Haldex Traction coupling adjusts the bias of torque distribution from the front to rear axle as grip requirements change – most of the time it operates as a front-wheel drive.

The S3 was sold in Europe, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

The S3 was given a facelift in 2002, where it was given one-piece headlights/indicator units, different front wings, rear lights clusters, and some minor upgrades to interior trim.

Standard features include xenon HID headlamps with high pressure washers and auto levelers, front fog lamps, 17" "Avus" alloy wheels with 225/45R17 tyres, electrically adjustable Recaro leather seats, climate control, alarm and electronic stability control with traction control.

Options include a Bose sound system, boot/trunk or in-dash mounted 6-disc CD changer, metallic paint, 18-inch 9-spoke RSTT wheels, glass sunroof, centre arm rest, privacy glass (B-pillar backwards), auto-dimming rear-view mirror, parking assist, luggage net, heated front seats, cruise control, aluminium door mirror casings and part leather/Alcantara (blue/silver/yellow) combination seat coverings. These items are standard in some export markets.


The engines used are the same as those for many other cars in the Volkswagen Group.

NameTypeEngine codeOutput at rpmTorque at rpm0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) timeTop speedYears
Petrol engines[7]
1.6 8v1,595 cc (97 cu in) I4AEH/AKL/APF101 PS (74 kW; 100 hp) at 5,600 rpm145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm11.0 s188 km/h (117 mph)1996–2000
1.6 8v1,595 cc (97 cu in) I4AVU/BFQ102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) at 5,600 rpm148 N⋅m (109 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm10.9 s189 km/h (117 mph)2000–2003
1.8 20v1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4AGN/APG125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 6,000 rpm170 N⋅m (125 lb⋅ft) at 4,200 rpm9.6 s202 km/h (126 mph)1996–2003
1.8 20vT1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4 turboAGU/ARZ/ARX/AUM150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5,700 rpm210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–4,600 rpm8.2 s217 km/h (135 mph)1996–2003
1.8 20vT1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4 turboAJQ/APP/ARY/AUQ180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 5,500 rpm235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) at 1,950–5,000 rpm7.5 s228 km/h (142 mph)1999–2003
1.8 20vT (S3)1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4 turboAPY, AMK210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp) at 5,800 rpm270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) at 2,100 rpm6.8 s238 km/h (148 mph)1999–2001
1.8 20vT (S3)1,781 cc (109 cu in) I4 turboBAM225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp) at 5,900 rpm280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) at 2,200 rpm6.6 s243 km/h (151 mph)2001–2003
Diesel engines[7]
1.9 8v TDI1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 turboAGR/ALH90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4,000 rpm210 N⋅m (155 lb⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm12.4 s181 km/h (112 mph)1996–2001
1.9 8v TDI1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 turboATD/AXR100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 4,000 rpm240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft) at 1,800–2,400 rpm11.0 s188 km/h (117 mph)2001–2003
1.9 8v TDI1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 turboAHF/ASV110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) at 4,150 rpm235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm10.5 s194 km/h (121 mph)1997–2000
1.9 8v TDI1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 turboASZ130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 4,000 rpm310 N⋅m (229 lb⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm9.2 s205 km/h (127 mph)2000–2003

Second generation (Typ 8P; 2003)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Initial release[edit]

At the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, Audi launched the second generation of the A3, the Typ 8P, designed by Gary Telaak during 2000 (however, the final design was frozen in 2001). Originally launched only as a three-door hatchback with four-cylinder engines, it featured a new automobile platform (the PQ35 platform), a redesigned and more spacious interior, new petrol engines with Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI), and standard six-speed manual gearboxes (except on the base 1.6).

In mid-2003 the line was updated with two sports-oriented models, a 2.0 Turbo-FSI version rated 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp), and a 3.2 L VR6 engine (for the first time) with 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp). Haldex Traction-based quattro on-demand four-wheel drive, and the S-Tronicsemi-auto gearbox were introduced as options (quattro is standard on the VR6) on models with engines over 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp).

In 2005 the "S line" trim level, offering new decorative elements, became available and the three-door A3 received the same front-end styling features as the Sportback model. For the first time, the A3 became available in the North American market, exclusively with the Sportback body, with the base 2.0 inline-four FSI introduced in 2005 as a 2006 model, and the 3.2 VR6 Quattro following.

Chassis codes8P18PA8P7
Body type3-door hatchback5-door SportbackCabriolet

A3 Sportback (2004–2013)[edit]

The five-door "Sportback" model was introduced in June 2004. The A3 Sportback is 80 mm (3.1 in) longer than the base three-door body, and includes improved rear cabin space and a larger luggage compartment (370 litres). It also received the new "single frame" front grille originally introduced in the A8 W12, which was later adopted across the whole A3 range.

S3 (2006–2013)[edit]

In August 2006, Audi introduced the second generation S3. Offered in three- and five-door body styles, the second generation—Typ 8P—S3 is powered by a modified and uprated Volkswagen Group-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged FSIpetrol engine, with a maximum output of 195 kW (265 PS; 261 bhp). As with all Audi S models, the design was done in-house by quattro GmbH. The engine features uprated high-performance pistons, revised boost/fuel mapping, increased turbocharger size (KKK K04) and larger intercooler. The most powerful form of this engine, and quattro four-wheel drive, makes for a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time of 5.5 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Audi offers both six-speed manual and six-speed S-Tronic automatic transmissions with the S3.

The spring ratings and dampers were revised, along with the body kit. Like its predecessor, although badged a "Quattro" model, the S3 does not employ a Torsen centre differential (as in other common Quattro models), but instead uses the Swedish Haldex Traction system in its on-demand four-wheel drive transmission, due to the transverse engine layout.


Euro NCAP tested a second-generation Audi A3 with front airbags, side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, and load limiters as standard. Despite Audi increasing the protection inside the car for the driver and passengers, pedestrian safety actually got 33% worse compared to the first generation and Euro NCAP gave criticism for the car offering virtually no protection at all on the front end and scoring just one star from a possible four. "A poor result for a new car" was the verdict given for pedestrian safety after the test.

  • 2005–2008 Audi A3 Sportback

2008 facelift[edit]

Audi introduced a number of changes to the A3 and S3 in 2008. These include revised nose and tail styling, with a modified grille and daytime running lights, common rail 2.0 TDI engines, seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission availability for the smaller non-U.S. engines, and optional "magnetic ride" adaptive shock absorbers. In addition, the range now includes an S3 Sportback model.[12]

Also, a cabriolet version was introduced. It was similar in dimensions to the 3-door version, with a two-box design.

  • 2008–2010 Audi A3 Sportback

  • 2008–2010 Audi A3 Sportback

  • 2008–2010 Audi A3 cabriolet

  • 2010–2013 Audi A3 Sportback

  • 2010–2013 Audi A3 Sportback

  • 2010-2012 Audi A3 cabriolet

Audi A3 TDI Clubsport quattro (2008)[edit]

Audi A3 TDI Clubsport quattro is a concept car unveiled in 2008. Based on the Audi A3 three-door, it is an approach by Audi to address both performance and the environment.

The engine in the concept car is a turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel producing 224 hp (167 kW) and 332 lb⋅ft (450 N⋅m). of torque. It produces 113.8 horsepower (84.9 kW) per litre while meeting Euro 5 Diesel emission standards. It uses the quattro drive system with a six-speed manual transmission.

The chassis has Audi's Magnetic Ride Suspension system, lowering the vehicle 1.4 inches (36 mm) from the base model. It also has ceramic front brakes, a four-link rear suspension and electro-mechanical servo assist for the rack and pinion steering.[13]

Exterior modifications include the widening of the three-door's grill, modifying the odd, and enlarging air intakes. Bolt-on fender flares and a large rear spoiler have been added. The interior changes include sport seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.[13]

Audi claims performance of 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h).[14] It is expected to get approximately 40 miles per US gallon (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg‑imp).


RS 3 Sportback (2011–2012)[edit]

The Audi RS 3 is derivative of the A3 Sportback with a 5-cylinder, 2,480 cc (151 cu in) turbocharged engine rated at 340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp) and 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft), vermicular-graphite cast iron crankcase, seven-speed S tronictransmission with two automatic modes and one manual mode, Quattro on-demand four-wheel drive system, widened track to 1,564 mm (61.57 in), MacPherson strut in aluminum, lowered body by 25 mm (0.98 in), 19-inch cast aluminum wheels in machine-polished titanium styling (optional black with a red rim flange) with 235/35 front and 225/35 rear tires, 370 mm (14.57 in) front and 310 mm (12.20 in) ventilated brake discs, aluminum brake disk covers, four-piston fixed calipers in high-gloss black with RS logos, electronic stabilization program with Sport mode, flared front fenders made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), prominent sill panels and exterior-mirror casings in matte aluminum, roof spoiler, high-gloss black diffuser insert, two elliptical exhaust tailpipes on the left, black interior, sports seats upholstered in Nappa leather with silver contrasting stitching, inlays in Piano black finish or Aluminum Race colour, flat-bottomed leather multifunction sports steering wheel, choice of 5 body colors are available with an unlimited selection of custom paint finishes. Its acceleration is quoted as 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). Optional features included front bucket seats, roof rails in matte aluminum look, styling packages in black or matte aluminum.[16]

First deliveries started in early 2011.[17]

A3 Cabriolet Sport and S line Final Edition (2013–)[edit]

The A3 Cabriolet Sport Final Edition is a version of the A3 Cabriolet Sport model for the UK market, commemorating the end of the A3 Cabriolet's production run. It included Vienna leather upholstery, front seat heating, rear parking sensors, automatic headlight and wiper activation, cruise control, a Bluetooth mobile phone interface.

S line Final Edition is based on the A3 Cabriolet Sport Final Edition model, with 18-inch S line alloy wheel with a new five-segment spoke design, full Vienna leather upholstery, S line safety and entertainment features with xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lamps, DVD-based satellite-navigation, Audi Music Interface iPod connection, a BOSE sound system.[18]


In January 2007, the naturally-aspirated 2.0 FSI 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 new 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 1.4 L TFSI engine for the A3, replacing the 1.6 L FSI engine, and a new diesel "e"-model. The "e"-model, Audi's equivalent of Volkswagen's BlueMotion, 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 two models of the A3 1.6 TDI for the European market. The first uses Audi's start/stop and energy recovery system, and produces 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp). This engine achieves approximately 4.1 L/100 km (69 mpg‑imp; 57 mpg‑US).[clarification needed] The second engine does not use the same efficiency systems and will produce 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) will get 4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg‑imp; 52 mpg‑US). They went on sale in June 2009.[19]

In 2009, the 1.6 L eight-valve petrol engine was replaced by a turbocharged 1.2 TFSI engine already found in VW's Polo and Golf models. This engine is rated at 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) and 175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft), emitting 127 g/km of CO
2.[20]As of April 2010, Audi has yet to release official specifications or prices for the 1.2 TSI model, as the 1.6 model has been made a special clearance model for clearing out 1.6 stock.[citation needed]

The A3 2.0 TDI clean diesel is a version of Audi's A3 2.0 TDI for the North American market, making it the second Audi TDI vehicle sold in North America, following the Audi Q7 TDI in 2008. It is a FWD vehicle with S-Tronic transmission with Hill-hold assist, Sirius satellite radio, Leather seats and steering wheel, Auxiliary audio input, Dual-zone climate control, 17-inch (430 mm) alloy wheels. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. This US model would begin sale in the first quarter of 2010 as a 2010 model year vehicle.[21]

In March 2011, the line-up was expanded with the introduction of a more powerful 2.0 TDI with 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp).

The 2.0 TDI engine was included in the engines found by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to use software intentionally designed to turn off emission control systems except when undergoing emission testing.[22] Models made from 2009 to 2015 were affected.

Petrol engines
ModelEngine displacementEngine codePower at rpmTorque at rpm0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
1.2 TFSI 1,197 cc (73 cu in) I4 CBZB105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 5,000 rpm175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) at 1,550–4,100 rpm10.6 s2010–2013
1.4 TFSI 1,390 cc (85 cu in) I4 CAXC125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 5,000 rpm200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–4,000 rpm9.1 s2007–2013
1.6 1,595 cc (97 cu in) I4 BGU / BSE / BSF / CCS102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) at 5,600 rpm148 N⋅m (109 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm11.5 s2003–2010
1.6 FSI 1,598 cc (98 cu in) I4 BAG / BLF / BLP115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 6,000 rpm155 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm10.6 s2003–2007
1.8 TFSI 1,798 cc (110 cu in) I4 BYT / BZB160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) at 5,000–6,200 rpm250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–4,200 rpm7.7 s2007–2008
CDAA160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) at 4,500–6,200 rpm250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–4,500 rpm7.4 s2009–2013
2.0 FSI 1,984 cc (121 cu in) I4 AXW / BLR / BLX / BLY
150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 6,000 rpm200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 3,250–4,250 rpm8.82003–2008
2.0 TFSI AXX / BPY / BWA / CAWB200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 5,100–6,000 rpm280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) at 1,800–5,000 rpm6.8 s2004–2008
CCZA200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp)280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) at 1,700–5,000 rpm6.8 s2009–2013
BHZ / CDLA265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp) at 6,000 rpm350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–5,000 rpm5.6 s2006–2013
(Audi S3 only)
2.5 TFSI 2,480 cc (151 cu in) I5 CEPA340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp) at 5,400–6,500 rpm450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1,600–5,300 rpm4.6 s2011–2013
(Audi RS 3 only)
3.2 3,189 cc (195 cu in) VR6 BDB / BMJ / BUB250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) at 6,300 rpm320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–3,000 rpm6.3 s2003–2009
Diesel engines
ModelEngine displacementEngine codePower at rpmTorque at rpm0–100 km/h
1.6 TDI 1,598 cc (98 cu in) I4 CAYB90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4,200 rpm230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) at 1500–250011.4 s2009–2013
CAYC105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 4,400 rpm250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1500–250011.0 s2009–2013
1.9 TDI 1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 BJB / BKC / BXE / BLS105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 4,000 rpm250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm11.0 s2003–2009
2.0 TDI 1,968 cc (120 cu in) I4 BKD140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,000 rpm[23]320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm9.2 s2003–2008
BMM140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,000 rpm[23]320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm9.2 s2006–2008
BMN170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 4,200 rpm350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm7.9 s2006–2008
CBAB140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,200 rpm320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm9.1 s2008–2013
CBBB170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 4,200 rpm350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm7.8 s (S-Tronic)[24] 8.2 s (Manual)[24]2008–2013
CBEA140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,200 rpm[25]320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm8.6 s2010–2013

Third generation (Typ 8V; 2013)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation (8V)
Audi A3 8V 2014-07-28 08-10-04.jpg

Audi A3 Sportback (pre-facelift)

  • 2012-present
  • October 2013–present (Convertible)
DesignerDany Garand[28] (2009)
Markus Gleitz (Sedan: 2010)
Body style
  • 2-door convertible
  • 3-door hatchback
  • 4-door sedan
  • 5-door hatchback
PlatformVolkswagen Group MQB platform
RelatedVolkswagen Golf Mk7[29]
SEAT León Mk3[29]
Škoda Octavia Mk3[29]

Inline-four diesel engine

  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed (S-Tronic) automatic
  • 7-speed (S-Tronic) automatic
  • 2-door convertible: 2,595 mm (102.2 in)[30]
  • 3-door: 2,601 mm (102.4 in)
  • 4-door: 2,636 mm (103.8 in)
  • 5-door: 2,636 mm (103.8 in)[31]
  • 2-door convertible: 4,423 mm (174.1 in)[30]
  • 3-door: 4,237 mm (166.8 in)
  • 4-door: 4,456 mm (175.4 in)
  • 5-door: 4,310 mm (169.7 in)[31]
  • 2-door convertible: 1,793 mm (70.6 in)[30]
  • 3-door: 1,777 mm (70.0 in)
  • 4-door: 1,796 mm (70.7 in)
  • 5-door: 1,785 mm (70.3 in)[31]
  • 2-door convertible: 1,409 mm (55.5 in)[30]
  • 3-door: 1,421 mm (55.9 in)
  • 4-door: 1,416 mm (55.7 in)
  • 5-door: 1,421 mm (55.9 in)[31]
Kerb weight1,150–1,520 kg
(2,535–3,351 lb)[32][33]
Audi A3 S line hatchback finished in Porsche's Viper Green

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show[34][35] and went on sale in Europe in September 2012.

First vehicle using the flexible modular Volkswagen Group MQB platform, the third generation is available as a three-door hatchback, a five-door "Sportback", a four-door saloon to directly rival the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, and a two-door Cabriolet.

The front suspension is a MacPherson strut set-up while the rear utilizes torsion bar suspension (models with less than 150 PS) or multi-link rear suspension (models with 150 PS or more).[36]

The features include:

Early German models include 1.4 TFSI (122 PS), 1.8 TFSI (180 PS), and 2.0 TDI (150 PS).[38] 1.2 TFSI (105 PS), 1.4 TFSI (140 PS), 1.8 TFSI quattro (180 PS), 1.6 TDI (105 PS), and 2.0 TDI quattro (150 PS) were added in 2013.[39]

A3 1.2 TFSI (105 PS) was added to the UK market in 2013,[40] followed by A3 1.4 TFSI (140 PS) in 2013.[41]

For the 2020 model year, the vehicle is exclusively built at the Ingolstadt plant, as opposed to previous model years where sedans and convertibles were built at the Győr plant.[42]

A3 Sedan (2013–present)[edit]

Audi A3 sedan (pre-facelift)

The A3 Sedan includes a body 11 mm (0.43 in) wider and 9 mm (0.35 in) lower than that of the A3 Sportback. Other features include 16- to 18-inch-wheels (optional 19-inch wheels via quattro GmbH) and electronic stabilization control with electronic differential lock.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show.[43]

The German model went on sale in late summer 2013. Early models include 1.4 TFSI (140 PS), 1.8 TFSI (180 PS), and 2.0 TDI (150 PS).[44]

Delivery of the UK models began in autumn of 2013. Early models include 1.4 TFSI (140 PS), 1.8 TFSI (180 PS), and 2.0 TDI (150 PS).[45]

In international markets like Pakistan, Audi has introduced it with a 1.2 TFSI engine. This has allowed Audi to bypass high import duties on larger displacement engines, offer the car at a competitive price, and become a leader in the imported luxury car segment.[46] In Malaysia, the Audi A3 was launched in 2014 and sold as two models - a 1.4-liter with 7-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission, and a 1.8-liter with 6-speed DSG and Quattro all-wheel drive. The facelifted version has yet to be launched. In Singapore, the Audi A3 sedan and Sportback are currently available as 1.0-liter turbo models only.

A3 Cabrio (2013–present)[edit]

Audi A3 Cabriolet in Vegas Yellow

The A3 cabriolet model was offered starting in 2014. It has a three-box body style and a larger boot than the previous model (320 litres versus 260).

A3 Sportback (2013–present)[edit]

Audi A3 Sportback in Glacier White Metallic

The Audi A3 Sportback includes a wheelbase 58 mm (2.28 in) over previous model, 35 mm (1.38 in) longer than that of the A3 and a front axle shifted forward by 40 mm (1.57 in) over the previous model. Other features include a choice of 13 body colours (three solid finishes, eight metallic finishes, and two pearl-effect finishes), an optional high-gloss package adding accents around the windows (standard with the Ambiente trim line), six-speed manual transmission (optional S-Tronic) for all engine models, 16 or 17-inch wheels depending on trim line (optional 18-inch wheels), Audi drive select (standard with Ambition) with optional S-Tronic, and optional electromagnetic damper control system.

German models went on sale in February 2013. Early models include 1.4 TFSI (122 PS), 1.8 TFSI (180 PS), 1.8 TFSI quattro (180 PS), and 1.6 TDI. 1.2 TFSI (105 PS), 1.4 TFSI (140 PS), 2.0 TDI (150 PS), 2.0 TDI quattro (150 PS), and 2.0 TDI (184 PS) were available in later date.

A3 Sportback g-tron (2013–present)[edit]

Audi A3 Sportback g-tron in Cosmos Blue Metallic

It is a version of the A3 Sportback with 1.4 TFSI (110 PS) engine powered by compressed natural gas or Audi e-gas synthetic methane; gas tank made of gas-impermeable polyamide polymer, carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), glass fiber reinforced polymer; and an electronic gas pressure regulator. The synthetic methane was produced by waste product from a nearby Werlte biogas plant operated by power utility EWE.[47]

A3 Sportback e-tron (2014–2018, 2020)[edit]

The plug-in hybridconcept car was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.[48] In May 2013 Audi confirmed its decision to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the A3, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which was scheduled for retail sales in Europe by late 2013, and by mid 2014 in the U.S. and the UK.[49][50] The A3 e-tron shares the same plug-in hybrid powertrain used in both the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Passat GTE. To charge the A3 e-tron, the Audi four rings logo is pulled along to reveal a charging socket.[51]

The A3 Sportback e-tron is powered by a 1.4 L TSI gasoline engine that delivers 148 bhp (110 kW) and 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) of torque, coupled with a 101 bhp (75 kW) electric motor, which is integrated into the car's six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, for a total combined output of 201 bhp (150 kW) and 243 lb⋅ft (329 N⋅m) The plug-in hybrid has an 8.8 kWh battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 50 km (31 mi) on the NEDC cycle, and a total of 940 km (584 mi). The plug-in hybrid can reach a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph) and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds. According to Audi the car has an average fuel efficiency of 188 mpg equivalent and CO
2 emissions of 35 g/km.[49][50]

A white Audi A3 e-tron is plugged into a public charge point.
A3 Sportback '40' e-tron (2020, 8V facelift)

After some delays, the A3 Sportback e-Tron went on sale across Europe in August 2014.[52] The first 227 units were registered in Germany in August 2014.[53] As of December 2015[update], global sales totaled 12,994 units, of which, 12,945 units were registered in Europe,[54] and 49 units in the United States, where deliveries began in December 2015.[55]

Audi discontinued the A3 PHEV Sportback e-tron in Europe in November 2018.[56] However, the model was briefly re-introduced at the end of 2019 for MY20, now called A3 Sportback 40 e-tron under Audi's new naming scheme. The revised A3 e-tron in the UK featured a different level of specification, losing the previously standard LED headlights but gaining Audi's virtual cockpit as standard. The revised model featured the same battery and drivetrain as before, now rated at 22 miles of electric range under the new WLTP test.[57][58]

S3 (2013–present)[edit]

Audi S3 cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro in the UK
Audi S3 hatchback (facelift)

The third generation Audi S3 is powered by a 2.0 L; 121.1 cu in (1,984 cc) TFSI (turbogasoline direct injection) inline-four engine, with an output of 221 kW (300 PS; 296 bhp) at 5,500 rpm and 380 N⋅m (280 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 1,800-5,500 rpm,[59] with its redline at 6,800 rpm. It features new pistons with stronger bolts and new rings, as well as reinforced connecting rods with new mounts transferring the power to the crankshaft. The cylinder head is made of a new lightweight aluminium alloy designed with high strength and temperature resistance in mind. It has a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg‑US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp) manual; and 24 mpg‑US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg‑imp) with S tronic.

The engine weighs in at 148 kg (326 lb), 5 kg (11 lb) lighter than the previous generation. The S3 is capable of 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8-5.2 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h).[60]

RS 3 (2015–present)[edit]

Audi RS 3 Sportback (8V) in Geneva, Switzerland
Audi RS 3 sedan (8V) (facelift)

Details for the RS 3 Sportback were revealed in December 2014.[33] It went on sale in the first quarter of 2015 and featured a 2.5 litres (2,480 cc) straight-5 engine with 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp) and 465 N⋅m (343 lbf⋅ft) of torque. The RS 3 Sportback is equipped with 7-speed dual clutch S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive system. Scott Keogh of Audi of America said in April 2015 that he's "confident" we'll see the car come to the United States.[61]

In 2017, the RS3 sedan or saloon was added to the line-up. The RS3 can be ordered with a fixed-suspension or an adjustable magnetic damper. Depending on the country, the RS3 can be purchased with different optional packages. For example, the Black Optic package includes high-gloss black 19-inch wheels, high-gloss black outside mirror covers, and a high-gloss black trunk lip spoiler, while the Dynamic package consists of titanium 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, red brake calipers, and a sport exhaust system.

2016 facelift[edit]

2018 facelift Audi A3 Saloon
2016 facelift Audi A3 Sportback
2016 facelift Audi A3 Sportback
An interior photo of a 2020 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, showing the digital instrument panel called "Virtual Cockpit" and black leather seats.
2020 facelift Audi A3 Sportback interior (with Virtual Cockpit)

After four years, the third-generation Audi A3 was given a facelift for the model year 2016, which also coincided with the 20th anniversary of the A3 name. The facelifted model was first unveiled through a set of official images in April 2016. The new A3 sedan was given significant cosmetic updates, which were in-line with the automaker's new design philosophy. As a result, the 2016 Audi A3 sedan featured the Matrix LED headlamps that were earlier seen in the A8 flagship sedan and the R8 supercar. The front grille was also given a refreshed treatment that made the new A3 look like its elder siblings. Changes on the sides and rear were minimal, with only the taillights getting new LED treatment. There were multiple updates on the interiors as well, with a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen placed behind the steering wheel available as an optional upgrade. Sold in Europe and released in the United States for the 2016 model year.[62]


2012 pre-facelift Audi A3 Sportback interior

Euro NCAP tested a third-generation Audi A3, 3-door hatchback with front airbags, side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters as standard and scored it accordingly:


Model Years Engine displacement Engine code Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top speed Transmission
Standard Optional
A3 1.4 TFSI g-tron 2014–2019 1395 cc I4 CPWA 110 PS (81 kW; 110 hp) at 4,800-6,000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500-3,500 rpm 10.8 s 197 km/h
(122 mph)
6-spd manual 7-spdS tronic|-
A3 1.0 TFSI / 30 TFSI[65]2016–present 999 cc I3 CHZD, DKRF 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) at 5,000-5,500 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000-3,500 rpm 9.9 s 206 km/h
(128 mph)
6-spd manual 7-spdS tronic
A3 1.2 TFSI 2013–2018 1197 cc I4 CJZA, CYVB 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 5,000 rpm 175 N⋅m (129 lbf⋅ft) at 1,400–3,500 rpm 10.3 s 193 km/h
(120 mph)
6-spd manual 7-spd S tronic
A3 1.4 TFSI 2013–2018 1395 cc I4 CXSB, CZC,
125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 5,000–6,000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft) at 1,400–4,000 rpm 9.3 s 203 km/h
(126 mph)
6-spd manual 7-spd S tronic
A3 1.4 TFSI 2013–2018 1395 cc I4 CZEA 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5,000–6,000 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500–3,500 rpm 8.3 s 212 km/h
(132 mph)
6-spd manual 7-spd S tronic
A3 1.4 TFSI e-tron

(40 e-tron) [66]



1395 cc I4 &

75 kW motor

CUKB 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) at 5,000–6,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–3,500 rpm 7.6 s 222 km/h
(138 mph)
6-spd S tronic N/A
A3 1.5 TFSI / 35 TFSI[a][65]2017–present 1498 cc I4 DADA 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5,000–6,000 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500–3,500 rpm 8.2 s 218 km/h
(135 mph)
6-spd manual 7-spd S tronic
A3 1.8 TFSI 2013–2016 1798 cc I4 CJSA 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 5,100–6,200 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 1,250–5,000 rpm 7.2 s 232 km/h
(144 mph)
  • 6-spd manual
  • 6-spd S tronic
7-spd S tronic
A3 2.0 TFSI / 40 TFSI 2016–present 1984 cc I4 CHHB 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) at 4,500–6,200 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–4,400 rpm 5.8 s 232 km/h
(144 mph)
6-spd S tronic N/A
S3 2.0 TFSI 2013–2016 1984 cc I4 CJXC 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) at 5,500–6,200 rpm 380 N⋅m (280 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–5,500 rpm 4.6 s[b]249 km/h
(155 mph)
6-spd manual 6-spd S tronic[c]
S3 2.0 TFSI 2016–2018 1984 cc I4 CJXG / DJHA 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp) at 5,500–6,200 rpm 380 N⋅m (280 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–5,500 rpm 4.6 s[d]249 km/h
(155 mph)
6-spd manual 7-spd S tronic[e]
S3 2.0 TFSI 2019–present 1984 cc I4 DNUE 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) at 5,300–6,500 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000–5,200 rpm 4.7 s[f]250 km/h
(160 mph)
7-spd S tronic[g]N/A
RS 3 2.5 TFSI 2015–2016 2480 cc I5 CZGB 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp) at 5,550–6,800 rpm 465 N⋅m (343 lbf⋅ft) at 1,625–5,550 rpm 4.3 s 280 km/h
(174 mph)
7-spd S tronic N/A
RS 3 2.5 TFSI 2017–2018 2480 cc I5 DAZA 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) at 5,850–7,000 rpm 480 N⋅m (354 lbf⋅ft) at 1,700–5,850 rpm 4.1 s 280 km/h
(174 mph)
7-spd S tronic N/A
RS 3 2.5 TFSI 2019–present 2480 cc I5 DNWA 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) at 5,850–7,000 rpm 480 N⋅m (354 lbf⋅ft) at 1,950–5,850 rpm 3.8 s 280 km/h
(174 mph)
7-spd S tronic N/A
Model Years Engine Engine code Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top speed Transmission
Standard Optional
A3 1.6 TDI 2013–2017 1598 cc I4 CLHA 105, CXXB 110 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 3,000–4,000 rpm

110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) at 3,000–4,000 rpm

230 N⋅m (170 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500–2,750 rpm 10.5 s 202 km/h
(126 mph)
6-spd manual 6-spdS tronic
A3 1.6 TDI / 30 TDI 2017–present 1598 cc I4 DDYA 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 3,000-4,000 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500–2,750 rpm 9.8 s 202 km/h
(126 mph)
6-spd manual 7-spdS tronic
A3 2.0 TDI / 35 TDI 2013–present 1968 cc I4 CRBC, CRLB, CRUA,
150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 3,500–4,000 rpm 320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft) at 1,750–3,000 rpm 8.6 s 213 km/h
(132 mph)
6-spd manual 6-spd S tronic
A3 2.0 TDI / 40 TDI 2013–present 1968 cc I4 CUNA, DGCA 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp) at 3,500–4,000 rpm 380 N⋅m (280 lbf⋅ft) at 1,750–3,250 rpm 7.3 s 230 km/h
(143 mph)
6-spd manual 6-spd S tronic
  1. ^with cylinder on demand
  2. ^S tronic
  3. ^2017–present
  4. ^S tronic
  5. ^2017–present
  6. ^S tronic
  7. ^2019–present

Fourth generation (Typ 8Y; 2020)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The new A3 was unveiled online in 2020.

The new interior and exterior styling is heavily inspired by Lamborghini, LED headlights and taillights, with the option of Matrix and Laser LED headlights. It shares the MQB evo platform with other Audi models, and with the Volkswagen Golf Mk8, SEAT Leon Mk4, and Škoda Octavia Mk4.

It is 3 centimetres longer and wider when compared to the outgoing model while keeping the wheelbase length the same, trunk cargo space is 380 litres with the seats up, and 1200 litres with the seats folded down. It has a drag coefficient of 0.28, and is powered by 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline turbocharged engine with 110 hp, 1.5-litre with 150 hp, 2.0-liter TDI with 116 hp or 150 hp.

The S3 model has the same 2.0L petrol engine from the previous generation, producing 310 hp and 400 Nm of torque, but this time is only available with an automatic gearbox. It also has reduced cargo space (320 litres instead of the 380 litres in the A3) due to the Quattro four-wheel-drive system.

Like the previous generation, the new S3 also comes as a saloon/sedan.

The new A3 Sedan was revealed on 21 April 2020, with the front fascia similar to that of the A3 Sportback.[67] Compared with its predecessor, the new A3 Sedan is 4 cm longer (4.50 meters), 2 cm wider (1.82 meters), and 1 cm taller (1.43 meters). However, the wheelbase remains unchanged.[67]

This generation of the A3 sedan is not expected to arrive in North America until late 2021, as a 2022 model.[68] North America will not get the Sportback e-Tron like before. In the countries that will receive The PHEV A3 will no longer be called The e-tron because this name is reserved for electric Audi cars. Instead, it is called The TFSIe. There are 2 version of the TFSIe, called the "40" and the "45". The former dispatches a 0-60 time of 7.8 sec, while the latter is based on the Golf GTE and is a second quicker to 60 mph.

Audi RS3[edit]

The highest specification RS3 model is fitted with a 2.5-litre 5-cylinder producing 400 hp and 500 Nm, and has 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 3.8 seconds. It gets a six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or an electric S-Tronic gearboxes.

It also gets the new MMI infotainment system, with a 10.25 or 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a secondary screen of 10.1-inches.

Awards and accolades[edit]


Münnich Motorsport used an S3 in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the FIA European Rallycross Championship.

Robb Holland used an S3 Saloon to compete in the 2014 British Touring Car Championship season under the NGTC regs. CurrentlyAmD Tuning field two S3 Saloon's for Ant Whorton-Eales and Ollie Jackson.

Audi's motorsports brand, Audi Sport, produced an RS3 LMS beginning in 2017. The car is built to TCR International Series regulations.

After the release of 4th generation of Audi A3; the model of RS 3 LMS TCR is also changed, and it will firstly start to race in 2021 WTCR season.[70]


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The Audi A3 is arguably one most fun-to-drive luxury small cars on the market today, thanks to its modernized interior tech, razor-sharp looks, and serious performance specs. So it may be no surprise that the Audi A3 will appeal to most shoppers seeking a budget sedan for luxury and driving enjoyment, but is the car All-Wheel Drive (AWD)? That’s what we’re going to look at in this article.

The Audi A3 is offered in either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Audi’s available Quattro all-wheel-drive system gives you extra stability and plenty of road grip on snowy terrain, in tight corners, and inclement weather. Like other Audis currently on the market, the A3 is also offered in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims.

That’s a lot of information and maybe even confusing terminologies, we know! That’s why this article serves as an in-depth look at exactly why the Audi A3 AWD can achieve impressive traction in a variety of terrains and conditions. Keep reading to find out the advantages of choosing the Audi A3 AWD for your off-roading adventures.

Silver Audi A3 car moving on the street, Is The Audi A3 AWD?

Is The Audi A3 Both AWD And FWD?

The Audi A3 comes with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and both powertrains are suitable for shoppers looking for a comfortable ride and sporty handling. This model has four robust engine options, a couple of available adaptive suspensions, a stylish cabin with premium interior materials, and an optional all-wheel drive. The A3 lets shoppers find the type of drive and ride experience that effectively matches their needs. Heck, you can even build your own Audi A3.

This car is insurmountably impressive, trailing class rivals in every area. For example, the Audi A3 front-wheel-drive model gets the Sports monitor, whereas the A3 Quattro all-wheel-drive models come badged as “S Line.” Both models are powered by a 201-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers up to 228HP in the S Line and 184HP in Sport models.

The Premium trim features 18-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, keyless entry with a push-button start. It also has a color driver-information screen installed between the gauges, a driver-selectable driving-mode system, new aluminum trim, and black exterior trim. In addition, the Premium Plus model comes with a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, rear-seat USB charging ports, adaptive high-beam headlights, and ample storage space.

Audi A3 Sportback stopped on a street. This vehicle is one of the most popular premium cars in the world.

What Makes The Audi A3 AWD Good In Snow?

The Audi A3 handles well in the snow because of its self-locking center differential and possibly because of the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. This means on snowy roads, both rear and front wheels can be “locked” together and spun at an equal speed.

The Audi’s Quattro AWD system provides incredible handling on snowy and icy roads, not to mention a boosted performance on dry roads. The system constantly monitors the driving conditions. It can immediately react and channel torque to the wheel to deliver the most instant traction.

With Audi A3’s Haldex system, a majority of the power is channeled to the two front wheels in normal road conditions. But when the system detects a wheel slipping, a second clutch kicks in, directing all of the power to the rear wheels.

The Audi A3 also comes with a Drive Select system with four different options (Comfort, Dynamic, Individual, and Auto). With these four settings, you can effectively adjust the performance dynamics of a vehicle.

Also, with Audi’s Torque-sensing system (Torsen), the power train is constantly adjusted to divert torque to the wheels that have more grip on the road.

The overall weight of AWD systems also contributes to a firmer grip on snow or ice. The additional points of contact help distribute the car’s overall weight more evenly across the propulsion points.

It’s also worth noting that tire specification and condition also contribute a more significant factor when it comes to driving your Audi A3 on slippery surfaces or snow. Choosing to invest in a set of winter tires for snowy and icy conditions may boost the grip and traction of a car more than Quattro alone.

A black 2011 Audi A3 quattro on mountain road with deep snow during a winter storm in the Oregon Cascade Mountains

Does AWD Cost More On Audi?

The major disadvantage of AWD on Audi is its cost. The drive train and components necessary to provide both intermittent and continuous AWD are sophisticated and pricey – often employ sensors and control systems that are unnecessary on 2- or 4WD vehicles.

More components increase the initial value of a car and can also increase maintenance costs due to the extra labor involved during the repair. Furthermore, AWD consumes more gas to power the additional wheels.

 The presentation of Audi A3 vehicles after the facelifting. These vehicles are the ones of the most popular premium cars in the world.

What Is The Difference Between Audi Quattro And AWD?

The Audi Quattro is a mechanical system that comprises continuously variable torque distribution and self-locking center differential. In addition, the Quattro system is proactive, meaning it transmits torque to the wheels with the most grip.

Audi Quattro system has one center differential mounted inside the gearbox. On the other hand, AWD transfer boxes have a differential mounted on both the rear and front axle. As a result, Audi vehicles with the Quattro system are lighter and provide more traction by having a central location in the gearbox. Conventional AWD vehicles have a bulkier gearbox, which negatively affects their traction control system.

Now, what makes Audi Quattro so useful? Well, the system offers drivers several advantages over the conventional all-wheel-drive system. First, Audi Quattro handles well on:

  • Wet or snowy climates
  • Windy conditions
  • Rain-soaked pavement
  • Dirt or gravel surfaces

All-wheel drive (AWD) system, on the other hand, is a reactionary system that employs a rear, front, and center differential to distribute power to all four wheels of a vehicle. AWD is a reactionary system, which means it can’t sense and predict when all-wheel drive might be needed.

It’s important to mention that All-wheel drive is not the same as a four-wheel-drive system. Unlike AWD, 4WD is typically disengaged and needs to be activated to supply power to all four wheels.

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Does AWD Use More Gas?

The short answer is yes, an AWD system reacts to wheel slippage by automatically distributing additional torque to all wheels as necessary to maintain traction. However, according to EPA ratings, an AWD vehicle typically scores a lower MPG of fuel than a front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicle.

As previously mentioned, added weight due to a complex system also suggests that an AWD vehicle will likely consume more fuel than a similar-sized vehicle with a front or rear-drive system. An all-wheel-drive system also causes mechanical losses and adds parasitic loads that aren’t present in a front or rear-drive system.

It pays a lot to purchase a model that gets pretty good fuel economy ratings, but that doesn’t mean AWD is a bad choice. The downside of marginal fuel consumption and extra costs brought about by added weight must also be balanced against the advantages of Audi Quattro.

In fact, an Audi A3 vehicle equipped with Audi Quattro with Ultra Technology is more fuel-efficient. It releases fewer amounts of carbon dioxide compared to a similar car with another drain system. In other words, the Audi Quattro with Ultra Technology provides optimal distribution of power between the rear and front axles at all times. In addition, the system offers drivers all the advantages of AWD driving dynamics.

Does The Audi A3 Have Problems?

One reported issue by consumers regards the A3 radio malfunctioning. If this happens with your A3, here’s how you can track down the problem and get your car stereo playing once again. Before you start troubleshooting the problem, you need a multimeter, wire crimps, connectors, soldering gun, or heat shrink. Here are the  common reasons for the A3 radio not working:

  • A Blown Fuse
  • Faulty Tuner or Antenna 
  • Inspection
  • Damaged Amplifier/speaker Wires
  • Inspection

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In Closing

Overall, if you are looking for an economical vehicle that’s fun to drive, and gets great gas mileage. The Audi A3 is an excellent choice. German engineering is bar none. There is no doubt that Audi’s A3 AWD system won’t get you through snowy roads. However, if cold weather isn’t an issue in your area, then the A3’s FWD is a great choice and might save you a few dollars. 

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