Audi A3 Sportback e-tron The Audi A3 receives much needed updates for the current year with a raft of exterior and interior elements and new engines, as well as the latest driver assistance and infotainment advances. There are four trim levels for the Audi A3: three-door (for the first time), five-door Sportback, Saloon and Cabriolet.

In dimensions, the 2016 Audi A3 measures 4240 mm in length with a wheelbase of 2600 mm. Its Singleframe grille features sharper lines and is broader, and its headlights are flatter, with distinctive outer contours. The headlights of the Audi A3 provide a distinctive new look with their jagged bottom edges. Xenon plus units with LED daytime running lights are standard, with the exception of S line and S3 models which now automatically come equipped with LED headlights and LED rear lights incorporating sweeping dynamic rear indicators. For the first time, matrix LED headlights are offered as an option. Light and rain sensors are fitted as standard in all specifications.

The rear accentuates the width of the new A3, with the horizontal illuminated graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the redesigned diffuser. The colour palette has also been expanded. Twelve paint colors are available to choose from depending on specification, including the five new colours Ara blue, Cosmic blue, Nano grey, Tango red and Vegas yellow. The kerb weight of the A3 with 1.0 TFSI has been reduced to just 1,150 kg, the lightest in its class.

The interior affords the top quality typical of Audi. Cruise control is now standard equipment on SE models, and the newly designed three-spoke steering wheel also fitted as standard to the entire range is available with heating as an optional extra. For more comfort on long journeys, Audi offers a driver seat with massage function in the new A3. Another highlight for S line models is the interior lighting package, now fitted as standard. Highlights include Audi Virtual Cockpit, a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen. MMI radio plus with 7-inch diagonal monitor, MMI navigation (standard on SE Technik and above), and the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch in conjunction with the Audi connect.

10PS more power and, in conjunction with the S tronic, 20 Nm (14.8 lb-ft) higher torque, the already potent S3 has developed its muscle as part of the wholesale overhaul of the A3 range. In addition, Audi engineers have integrated S3-specific control for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and the multi-plate clutch for improved driving dynamics, driving pleasure and safety. The 2.0 TFSI now generates 310PS and with S tronic delivers 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) over the large range of 2,000 to 5,400 revolutions per minute. The S3 Sportback, S3 Saloon and S3 Cabriolet also profit from the extensive new features.

In addition, the plug-in hybrid e-tron version of the A3 Sportback combines a 1.4 TFSI engine with 150PS and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque with an electric motor that produces 75 kW and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft). When combined, the A3 Sportback hybrid gets up to 204PS.

Driver’s assistance systems fitted for the A3 include the traffic jam assist system, which works together with Audi adaptive cruise control (ACC); Emergency Assist which works with with adaptive cruise control and active lane assist; and the rear cross-traffic assist, specified in combination with side assist or parking system plus, active lane assist and pre sense.

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