2013 Audi A3

The Audi A3 began production back in 1996 and, after being previewed by the A3 Concept , the car is now entering its third generation. After months of speculation the car has finally made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new A3 will go on sale in the spring, and first deliveries to customers will be this summer. Prices in Germany will start from 21,600 euros ($28,500 at the current exchange rates).

Audi has use the latest lightweight technology that helped them to reduce the car’s weight by about 176.37 lbs. In the same time the chassis is tuned for a sporty and agile driving style. At its launch, the new A3 will be offered with one TDI and two TFSI engines, with power ranging from 122 to 180 HP.

The A3 is now 13.91 feet long with its front being dominated by a single-frame radiator grille and LED daytime running lights. The interior has also been completely redesigned and has received new materials, workmanship and ergonomics.

UPDATE 03/05/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the third generation Audi A3.

UPDATE 05/07/12: If you’re interested to know how the current Audi A3 came to be in terms of its design history, Audi has presented a new video chronicling the model’s design evolution. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

The exterior

Audi A3

The car measures 13.90 feet long, 4.66 feet height and the wheelbase grew by 0,91 inches to a total of 8.53 feet. Up front the car has received a very sculptural single-frame radiator grille with its six corners and a newly designed engine hood. The front bumper has received new, larger air intakes, while the newly designed headlamps are offered with standard LED technology, but Audi is also offering xenon plus units as an option.

The car’s side is defined by another Audi classic design element: a sharply delineated tornado line that runs above the side sills. At the rear the car has received split taillights – in LED technology when equipped with xenon plus headlights. The trunk lid has a sculpted, three-dimensional look and depending on the engine type the A3 will be offered with either one or two tailpipes on the left side in its diffuser insert.

Customers will have the possibility to choose between 13 paint colors, with an optional S-Line package adding a more sporty appeal.

The interior

Audi A3

The new A3’s interior has been completely redesigned and it is different for the different equipment lines – Attraction is the modern, Ambition the sporty and Ambiente the luxurious variant. The interior comes standard in black and titanium gray, but customers can also opt for pashmina beige, chestnut brown and capri orange or an even cooler leather/Alcantara for the seats covers.

The steering wheels is offered in three or four spokes, depending on the equipment line. Shift paddles and multifunction keys are available as an option. On the dashboard you will notice four large, round air vents in jet design, while every button, switch and control has been placed precisely where one expects them. The display of the driver information system (in color on the Ambition and Ambiente lines) positioned between the two large round instruments shows all key information, some in richly detailed 3D graphics – which generates a fascinating effect.

The car’s rear offers interior room for three persons and the trunk lid offers a basic capacity of 365 liters. The list of standard equipment includes: air conditioning system with manual control, height adjustable front seats, on-board computer with efficiency program and a full package of safety restraint systems.

The engine

Audi A3

At its official market launch the new A3 will be offered with a choice of three engines: one TDI and two TFSI engines. The base model will be powered by a 1.4 TFSI engine that delivers a total of 122 HP and a peak torque of 147 lbs-ft. This version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 126.14 mph, all this while delivering a fuel economy of 45.23 US mpg.

The top gasoline version will be powered by a 1.8 TFSI engine with an output of 180 hp and 184.39 lb-ft of torque between 1,250 and 5,000 rpm. This model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and up to a top speed 144.16 mph, while offering a combined fuel consumption of 42.00 US mpg.

Diesel model will use a 2.0 TDI with 150 HP and 236.02 lb-ft. This version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 134.22 mph; it delivers a fuel economy of 57.37 US mpg.

The 1.4-litre TFSI and 2.0-litre TDI engines will be linked to a six-speed manual transmission. In the 1.8 TFSI, the seven-speed S tronic transmission will be standard.

Prices

The new A3 will go on sale in the spring, and first deliveries to customers will be this summer. Prices in Germany will start from 21,600 euros ($28,500 at the current exchange rates).

The competition

Audi A3

Ever since its official debut the Lexus CT200h has been announced as a competitor for the Audi A3. It is a hybrid model its true, but Audi has also announced plans for a hybrid A3. However, next to it we can find lots of other competitors for the A3: models like Mini Cooper or Volvo C30 are just some of them. The new generation Cooper will be unveiled in 2013 and it will be offered with a new three-cylinder engine family next to the conventional four-cylinder engines. The C30 is also preparing for a remodel for the 2013 model year. It will also receive a new range of modular four-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engines, but with capacities no bigger than 2.0 liter.

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28 comments:

It really looks so elegant and luscious on its body paint. I also noticed that its side rim is absolutely cool on it. However, I wonder if what will be its interior looks like?

The two-body option of this Audi A3 is really great! I hope that they also had a picture of its sedan body. Anyway, I must say that I’m already quite satisfied on its engine output.

I wonder if what will be the engine specification of this Audi A3? Well, I hope that it is impressive as well as on its exterior detailing. Anyway, I would surely wait for an update news about it.

This one is really looking so attractive with its simple but very elegant detailing, and I’m truly impressed with it. However, I just don’t like the fact that it is an electric vehicle, very unreliable!

I love the body paint that they use for it, and I hope that they would perfectly match it on its interior. Anyway, I wonder if they have already reinforced the engine that they will use on it?

Yeah! I have to agree with you Carlos Oldham. It truly looks so sexy on its side rims, and I’m glad to hear that it will be both feature at petrol and diesel engines. Anyway, I’m curious if why they still want to do a facelift on it?

It truly looks so sexy on its side rim! Well, in spite of having only a simple detailing, it still looks very impressive for the fact that Audi maintained the classy and appeals that this vehicle had.

Yeah! It maybe looks so great and sexy on its body paint and even looking very striking and awesome on its platform and to its other detailing, but I don’t like the idea that they were planning this car to be an electric vehicle.

It only looks like their allroad quattro but the fact that they are the same Audi car, I can say that it doesn’t matter at all. Anyway, it looks so sexy on its back end and with its body paint, which is really impressive on it.

The side rim of this Audi A3 is so striking on it, and even though the other detailing that it had is so typical for an Audi car, I still can say that I’m impressed on it, and it looks very classy on its body paint.

I would love to see the three door cars of this Audi A3 in person and I must say that it really sounds great to hear that it will feature both petrol and diesel engine, well I just only hope that its not like the other Audi’s car that had a poor figure performance.

Impressive hatchback indeed most especially on its exterior appearance, it looks so great on its sleek bloody body paint, and the car lines that it had emphasized the beauty that it has.

Waiting for this gorgeous hatchback is too long, but I think it is worth waiting for. Anyway, it is really already looking great on its body paint, but I wonder if what will be interior of this will look like.

So much for the looks but how about its interior? Is this Audi A3 can offer some impressive interior features or amenities and even figure performance? And sure this Audi A3 was really a good-looking car.

Audi A3 cars are common. But this 2013 Audi A3 car is good and also the performance is good. The style of this car is simple and its design. The style of the rims are great than the other car.

I have to agree with you allan tom, but I noticed its awesome car lines. Seems so perfect on it but I’m curious on what will be the speed performance of this car.

The style and the platform design seems so simple for a concept car for the year of 2013 but I must agree with Maria Nalocca that the car lines emphasized and adds beauty on this A3.

I’m impressed with the car lines that this A3 had and I must say that is already looks great on its color. Though it had a simple styling and design, I still found it very appealing.

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