Around five million Audi A3s have been sold since 1996, making it a pretty popular choice in the small, German-made car sector, perhaps only second to the legend that is the VW Golf. Almost everyone would agree that it was pretty flawless, but Audi aren’t for resting on their laurels, for 2020, there’s an all-new A3.
Read any review online, and it’s full of ‘sporty’ ‘better dynamics’, ‘razor sharp handling’ and ‘tech, tech, tech’, but that only tells half of the story; buying an Audi A3 won’t make you feel like Lewis Hamilton, nor will it necessitate a trip to the dentist (to have your fillings replaced) after every journey.
Yes it’s sporty, but not at the cost of civility when you just need a car to offer you comfort and a firm, but pliable ride experience.
Audi have gone to great lengths to improve on the popular A3, and although you can clearly see the lines of the predecessor, the new A3 is just that – all new; new design, new interior, mild-hybrid power, and a host of new technology fitted as standard.
The entry-level ‘Technik’ (and yes, we love that the trim levels go all the way to ‘Vorsprung’) includes LED headlights, Audi Virtual Cockpit, MMI Navigation Plus, 10.1” touchscreen infotainment, 10.25” digital instrument display, Audi Pre-Sense Front and Lane Departure Warning.
If that’s not enough, there’s a host of further extras available when stepping up through the trim levels, including privacy glass, LED interior lighting, sports seats, matrix headlights and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Forgetting about all the toys and extras for a moment, the big news is that Audi have included a mild-hybrid powertrain for the first time, and although the effect is quite small, the gains are significant – Audi claim a 10% improvement on fuel economy with the new system.
Essentially, the system can reclaim 16Hp on deceleration and gentle braking, and will allow the car to coast with the engine off for up to 40 seconds; small but significant.
Audi are looking to broaden the range of engine options, and these will include a small 3-cylinder petrol engine with 108Hp, two diesel engines (2.0 litre with either 114Hp or 148Hp), a 148Hp 1.5 litre petrol engine, and of course, something with a little more power – a 2.0 litre petrol engine with over 330Hp.
“The sportiest interior this side of an R8”.
Yes, it’s true, but that doesn’t mean it’s all stripped out ‘racecar chic’. Nor does it mean it’s uncomfortable. Really, it means that you feel cocooned, almost part of the car, and this gives you the feeling that the car is highly attuned to you – almost following your thought process. With that said, the steering is speed adjustable, meaning that at low city speeds, the A3 is super manoeuvrable, while at motorway speeds, the feeling is sure-footed.
Perhaps one of the biggest improvements in the cabin is the improved natural voice control; not only does it work as you’d expect (and that’s no mean feat), but it really does respond to ‘natural’ language – this means that you’re not trying twenty different ways to ask a question, until it decides you’ve asked correctly … “Where Is The Nearest Petrol Filling Station” becomes “show me the nearest garage”.
On top of that, you can store six digital user profiles, connect through (and to) a Wi-Fi hotspot, connect your smartphone with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Audi say that the Amazon Alexa voice assistant will be available soon.
Audi have been quite vague with some release dates for certain features or technology – ‘coming soon’ doesn’t really help you, the consumer. However, if you contact one of our friendly professionals, they’ll be able to update you with all dates, and all the latest features that are available, and perhaps be able to offer you a closer look.
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