Audi A3, A3 Sportback, A3 Sportback e-tron, A3 Sportback g-tron, A3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet

March 9, 2017
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The Audi A3 is a true success story, with various driver assistance systems and engines available to choose from. Even the innovative control and display concept of the Audi virtual cockpit can be ordered for the A3.

Driver assistance systems
With a vast range of driver assistance systems, the new Audi A3 raises the bar in the premium compact segment a bit higher. It makes town and country driving even safer, thanks to the further developed Audi active lane assist and Audi pre sense front, including predictive pedestrian protection.

Design and lightweight construction
The designers have given the new Audi A3 even sportier, more expressive lines. Its compact dimensions are virtually unchanged. The A3 measures 4,241 millimeters in length, 1,777 millimeters in width and 1,424 millimeters in height (13.9 ft x 5.8 ft x 4.7 ft). The long wheelbase of 2,602 millimeters (8.5 ft) and the short front overhang underscore the balanced, sporty proportions.

The headlights of the Audi A3 form a striking new picture with their jagged bottom edges. Xenon plus units are standard, with Audi optionally offering LED headlights and, for the first time, Matrix LED headlights as well.

A consistently lightweight design has brought the curb weight (without driver) of the new
Audi A3 with 1.0 TFSI engine down to just 1,150 kilograms (2,535.3 lb) – the best value in its class. Its body is crash-resistant to a great extent and especially rigid. A sound-absorbing windshield is standard.

Controls and displays, infotainment and Audi connect
The interior offers the top quality typical of Audi. The newly designed three-spoke steering wheel can optionally be equipped with steering wheel heating. For more comfort on longer journeys, the new Audi A3 can be equipped with a driver’s seat featuring a massage function.

The highlight of the new Audi A3 is the Audi virtual cockpit. The innovative operating concept is available for the first time in the compact class. The Audi virtual cockpit depicts the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a TFT screen with a 12.3-inch diagonal. The menu structure in the MMI system has been redesigned. Operation is intuitive and geared to smartphones.

The optionally available MMI navigation and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch in conjunction with the Audi connect module bring many online functions into the car. They are transmitted via the fast LTE standard. The flat rate data plan required for this is included, thanks to the new Audi connect SIM card being permanently installed in the vehicle. The customer receives this embedded SIM (e-SIM) card with the Audi connect equipment in many European markets. The SIM card also allows roaming in most European countries. Independently of the integrated Audi connect services, data packages for individual internet use via the Wi-Fi hotspot can also be booked.

Drive system
The engine lineup for the Audi A3 comprises six engines: three gasoline and three diesel units. Their power outputs range from 85 kW (116 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp), with all engines meeting the EU6 standard.

With the 1.0 TFSI, Audi offers a three-cylinder engine for the first time in the Audi A3 series. This compact engine provides 85 kW (116 hp) and delivers 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm. Its NEDC consumption rate is limited to 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers (52.3 US mpg) – a CO2 emission level of 104 grams per kilometer (167.4 g/mi) for the manual transmission car. The new entry-level gasoline engine is efficient at no cost to driving pleasure. It accelerates the A3 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 9.7 seconds, and presses forcefully ahead up to a top speed of 206 km/h (128.0 mph).

Engine lineup

  • 1.0 TFSI with 85 kW (116 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI COD ultra with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 85 kW (116 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 135 kW (184 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.0 – 3.8 (39.2 – 61.9 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 137 – 99 (220.5 – 159.3 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

Audi combines all front-wheel drive engines with a six-speed manual transmission or, depending on the engine version, with a six-speed S tronic or seven-speed S tronic. The engine power goes to the front wheels by default. Among the gasoline-engined versions, quattro all-wheel drive is available for the 2.0 TFSI, and for the 2.0 TDI among the diesel-engined models.

Suspension
The chassis of the new Audi A3 has impressively balanced sporty tuning. The front axle is a McPherson construction with wishbones; the multi-link rear suspension absorbs the longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The models with 1.0 TFSI and 1.6 TDI are equipped with the lighter twist-beam rear axle. In the case of the optional sport suspension, the body sits 15 millimeters (0.6 in) lower, and with the S line sport suspension 25 millimeters (1.0 in) lower. The electromechanical power steering is highly efficient and very responsive. Audi optionally offers progressive steering, also electrically operated.

The new Audi A3 rides on 16-inch wheels as standard, or on 17-inch wheels as of the sport and design trim lines. The wide range of options includes new, attractive designs especially for the 17-inch models – with 19-inch wheels at the top of the line. The large wheels contain powerful brakes for a sporty, taut and finely dosed pedal feel.

Equipment
Audi is sending the A3 into the race with a generous range of equipment. The package of restraint systems, which comprises seven airbags and the integral headrest system, also includes a knee airbag for the driver and can be supplemented by side airbags in the rear. Isofix attachments for child seats in the rear, the adaptive brake light, tire pressure loss indicator and ESC stabilization control with electronic axle differential lock are further safety features.

Standard features include bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, outside mirrors with LED turn signals, the Audi MMI radio plus with a high-resolution 7-inch color display, manual air conditioning and the 60/40 split folding rear seat back. The acoustic windshield, electric window controls, height-adjustable front seats and the electromechanical parking brake complete the standard equipment.

For the A3, Audi offers a number of options, many of which originate directly from the full-size category. For the interior, these include the panoramic glass sunroof, dark-tinted rear windows, the convenience key, automatic air conditioning, the auxiliary heater, heated, folding and automatically dimming exterior mirrors, the storage and luggage compartment package, and the frameless, automatically dimming interior mirror with light and rain sensor. For the front seats there are lumbar supports, a heater and partially or fully electrical adjustment options.

The design and sport trim lines set new accents in the interior, in addition to the unique exterior and wheel designs.

Audi A3 Sportback
The Audi A3 Sportback offers sporty versatility at the highest level. It measures 4,313 millimeters (14.2 ft) in length, is 1,785 millimeters (5.9 ft) wide and 1,426 millimeters (4.7 ft) high. Its body is stretched, with a wheelbase that is 35 millimeters (1.4 in) longer than that of the three-door model.

In the rear, the new A3 Sportback offers ample head, elbow, knee and foot space. The luggage compartment capacity is 340 to 1,220 liters (12.0 to 43.1 cu ft). A swivel trailer hitch is optionally available, electrically unlocking at the press of a button.

The engine lineup includes a wide range of highly efficient TFSI and TDI units. Their engine displacements range from 1.0 to 2.0 liters and their power from 85 kW (116 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). quattro permanent all-wheel drive is available in the new A3 Sportback starting at
110 kW (150 hp).

Engine lineup

  • 1.0 TFSI with 85 kW (116 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI COD ultra with 110 kW (150 hp) 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 140 kW
  • (190 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 85 kW (116 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 135 kW (184 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.0 – 3.8 (39.2 – 61.9 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 137 – 99 (220.5 – 159.3 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

The A3 Sportback offers the same power transmission and chassis technologies as the A3. The same is true for the interior design, driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the first Audi model with a plug-in hybrid drive. It pairs a 1.4 TFSI, which outputs 110 kW (150 hp) and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque, with an electric motor that produces 75 kW and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft). The system power of 150 kW (204 hp) enables sporty driving performance – the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 7.6 seconds, and the car’s top speed is 222 km/h (137.9 mph).

Based on the NEDC standard, the fuel consumption of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron with 16-inch tires is just 1.6 liters per 100 kilometers (147.0 US mpg) – that corresponds to CO2 emissions of 36 grams per kilometer (57.9 g/mi). The flat-shaped lithium-ion battery providing 8.8 of kWh of energy is installed under the rear bench. The strictly electrical range extends up to 50 kilometers (31.1 mi); the TFSI adds a maximum of 890 kilometers (553.0 mi). From a 380-volt, three-phase electrical outlet, it takes a little more than two hours to charge the battery fully. A new function in the driver information system indicates whether the tailgate is open or closed.

A separating clutch controls the interplay between the combustion engine, electric motor and six-speed S tronic. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron can travel at up to 130 km/h (80.8 mph) under electric power alone. In doing so, it combines both drives for optimal efficiency; it can also recuperate and coast. The range monitor shows the driver how far the car can still be driven under electric power alone.

Design
Elegant details visually attest the special status of the A3 Sportback e-tron. The Singleframe is in chrome, the radiator grill is matt black with eleven fine, horizontal chrome struts; in the area of the lower air inlets the plug-in hybrid model bears e-tron style chrome slats as well as LED daytime running lights, identifiable by horizontal segments as an e-tron-specific signature. Operating the remote key turns on the horizontal light guides in the optional LED and Matrix LED headlights from the bottom upwards. At the rear, the apron contains a platinum gray diffuser with two chrome-plated horizontal slats and two lateral reflectors; the tailpipe of the exhaust system is not visible. e-tron-badges adorn the Singleframe, the luggage compartment cover and the fenders.

The Audi connect e-tron services and the free Audi connect app enable drivers to remotely check the status of their car. In addition, the driver can remotely control the charging schedule and the stationary climate control.

On request, customers in Germany can convert the domestic power supply to the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to Audi energy. This power comes 100 percent from hydroelectric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With this form of energy, the plug-in hybrid model travels in electric mode both locally and globally with zero emissions.

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the most stable car in its segment when it comes to value. That was the conclusion drawn by Auto Bild and the market research institute Schwacke in spring 2015. The plug-in hybrid model stands out with the best residual value forecast among compact cars, receiving the title “Value Champion of 2015”.

Fuel consumption according to ECE standard in l/100 km: 1.8 – 1.6 (130.7 – 147.0 US mpg)
Combined energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.0 – 11.4
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 40 – 36 (64.4 – 57.9 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on wheels/tires)

Audi A3 Sportback g-tron
Sustainable mobility of the future is what the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is all about: the five-door premium compact model can use climate-friendly Audi e-gas as an alternative to fossil natural gas. The two tanks located under the luggage compartment floor each store around 7 kilograms of gas at a maximum pressure of 200 bar. They reduce luggage space only marginally and are constructed from a composite material, making them very light.

Equipped with a 1.4 TFSI engine producing 81 kW (110 hp), the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron sets standards for efficiency and economy. Fuel costs to the customer are roughly four euros per
100 kilometers (62.1 mi). Thanks to the four-cylinder engine’s configuration for bivalent operation, its range with natural gas fuel is over 400 km (248.5 mi) in the NEDC cycle. With gasoline, the driving range is an additional 900 km (559.2 mi).

Switching from one operating mode to the other happens automatically without the driver having to intervene. The instrument cluster separately displays the residual ranges in both modes.

The Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed S tronic off the production line. With S tronic it consumes only 3.3 kilograms of natural gas or Audi e-gas per 100 kilometers in the NEDC cycle, corresponding to an emission of 89 grams of CO2 per kilometer (143.2 g/mi). Audi e-gas is a sustainable fuel produced by the brand with the four rings in the world’s largest power-to-gas plant in Werlte, in Germany’s Emsland region. The synthetic methane is produced here from CO2 and water with the help of green electricity. In operating with e-gas, the five-door premium compact is practically CO2 neutral. Customers can refuel using an e-gas card, which also serves as an accounting tool.

The power-to-gas technology stores wind and solar energy in large amounts, bringing forward the energy revolution. Audi e-gas and the A3 Sportback g-tron thus offer a particularly environmentally friendly form of long-distance mobility. The manufacture of Audi e-gas utilizes just as much CO2 as is released when the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is driven using CNG. The reference principle is simple and corresponds to the distribution of green electricity: Audi registers the amounts of gas which the customer pays with the fuel card, and ensures that exactly this amount of Audi e-gas is fed into the German natural gas grid.

CNG consumption in kg/100 kilometers: 3.6 – 3.3
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.5 – 5.1 (42.8 – 46.1 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (CNG): 98 – 89 (157.7 – 143.2 g/mi)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km (gasoline): 128 – 117 (206.0 – 188.3 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on wheels/tires)

Audi A3 Sedan
The 4,458 mm (14.6 ft) long Audi A3 Sedan is the sporty notchback model in the world’s largest market segment: compact four-door cars. The exterior design combines the classic three-box concept with the dynamism of a Coupé.

The interior of the sporty four-door features a light and clean design. The 425-liter (15.0 cu ft) cargo space (with quattro drive: 390 liters [13.8 cu ft]) can be expanded by folding down the rear seat backs. The optional trailer hitch swivels and electrically unlocks at the press of a button. Equipped with the 1.0 TFSI engine, the Sedan has a curb weight of just 1,185 kg (2,612.5 lb).

Audi delivers the A3 Sedan with powerful and highly efficient TFSI and TDI engines; their power ranges from 81 kW (110 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). The quattro permanent all-wheel drive is available in the new A3 Sedan in engine versions from a displacement of 2.0 liters.

Engine lineup

  • 1.0 TFSI with 85 kW (116 hp) 1.4 TFSI COD ultra with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 85 kW (116 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 135 kW (184 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.9 – 3.7 (39.9 – 63.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 136 – 98 (218.9 – 157.7 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

The new Audi A3 Sedan offers the same drivetrain and chassis technologies as the Audi A3. The same is true for the interior design, driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity.

Audi A3 Cabriolet
Sporty, elegant proportions and a low weight are key characteristics of the Audi A3 Cabriolet. Like every Audi convertible, it has a lightweight cloth top. An acoustic top with very effective noise insulation is available as an option. The standard hood is black; the acoustic hood is also available in gray and garnet red as well as with headlining in rock gray.

Its electrohydraulic drive raises or lowers the hood even at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph). When the soft top is down, it rests in a tray. An active rollover protection system protects occupants in the event of a rollover.

Another feature of the A3 Cabriolet is a semi-electrically operated seat, which makes seat adjustment significantly easier for the driver.

Audi can deliver the A3 Cabriolet with one of six engines: three TFSI engines and three TDI units. Their power outputs range from 81 kW (110 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be selected with the 2.0 TFSI and the two 2.0 TDI engines.

Engine lineup

  • 1.4 TFSI with 85 kW (116 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI COD ultra with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 85 kW (116 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 135 kW (184 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.3 – 4.2 (37.3 – 56.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 144 – 110 (231.7 – 177.0 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

The Audi A3 Cabriolet utilizes the same drivetrain and chassis technologies as the Audi A3. Audi also offers numerous options for driver assistance systems, infotainment, connectivity and interior design.

Other comfortable options for open-top driving are headroom heating and leather upholstery, whose special color pigmentation inhibits heating by the sun. Folding rear seat backrests are standard in the Audi A3 Cabriolet.

The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

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