AUDI A3 Sedan
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The Audi’s 4-door smallest car released by 2020 was the Audi A3.
The dimensions of the A3 were changed for more sportiness and space and it was longer than the hatchback version with 15cm.
The seats inside the A3 were positioned lower to offer more headroom and side room.
The trunk of the A3 had a decent capacity of 425 liters.
Talking about the design, the 2020 A3 look elegant and aggressive at the same time.
The front was equipped with a large single frame open honeycomb grille in gloss black finish that was not only for design purposes but was also functional with flaps that went on and off.
The headlights of the 2020 A3 were full LED and had digital daytime running lights, an innovation for Audi.
Looking to the side of the car, starting with the central pillar, the roofline was lowered towards the back, a design that made the A3 look more like a 4-door coupe.
In the back, a dissimulated aileron was integrated into the trunk lid. The taillights had vertical and horizontal stripes, strategically placed to emphasise the width of the car.
Inside the cabin of the A3 we found a digital instrument cluster as standard, and users could additionally opt for the Audi Virtual Cockpit that brought a bigger 12.3-inch display.
Audi started to focus more on the driver and designed the central display differently for the A3, as it was inclined to the driver.
Audi introduced the third generation of the A3 in 2013.
After three years, the German carmaker showed the facelifted version for the entire range, including the sedan version.
In 1996, Audi introduced the first generation of its hatchback A3 based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf. While in the beginning, it was considered just a more expensive VW, later on, the two models started to go in separate ways, and the Audi showed its premium potential. Moreover, in 2013, the four-rings brand introduced the sedan version, a significant competitor in the compact sedan premium segment. The facelifted version brought new elements to make the car looks more appealing to its customers.
There were just a few details on the car’s exterior that made it look different compared to the non-facelifted version, such as the new headlights. The German carmaker offered the Matrix-LED lamps for the first time on the Audi A3 range, while the Bi-Xenon was standard fit. An intermediate level, with LED lighting, was offered as well. The carmaker offered the Audi Cockpit display on a 12.3” TFT instead of the regular, analog dials for the instrument panel. The infotainment system allowed an Internet connection via an on-board SIM-card, or via a smartphone.
Audi installed only Euro-6 compliant engines under the hood, starting with a 3-cylinder, 1-liter turbocharged unit. Apart from the S-model, the German carmaker offered a choice of five engines, diesel or gasoline, with front- or all-wheel-drive systems. A sport package that lowered the ground clearance by 25 mm (1 inch) was on the options list.
The Audi A3 dynamic compact sedan features a cross design between the classic three-box and the coupe concept, that blend to create it’s sporty stance.
The lines are more sharper, wheel arches are slightly more flared and it also has it’s own independent shapes from the other A3 models, like the ones that define the hood and the front bumper. The headlights emphasize the car’s horizontal lines with their broad and low cuts. Power will be supplied by three completely redesigned four-cylinder engines, which benefits from Audi’s direct fuel injection, turbocharging, innovative thermal management and the start-stop system. At the front, it has a MacPherson suspension joined to an aluminum subframe, while at the back, a four-link suspension with steel crossmember and separate mounted springs and shock has been fitted. The electronic stabilization system includes an electronic differential lock, that slightly brakes the inside front wheel in a corner to minimize understeering. At the interior, clean designed surfaces and lines suggest the impressive attention to detail. Also, it features the new modular infotainment system (MIB) and the top one offers an SSD hard drive with 64 GB of storage, a DVD drive, whole voice control, high-res 7-inch screen and Bluetooth connectivity.