Discover innovation in the new Audi A3

Calling the newest Audi A3 for sale amazing is grossly understating the car’s sheer brilliance. Audi has managed to impress its fan base by delivering a handsomely designed vehicle. With the new Audi A3, Audi buyers have the choice between a four-door sedan for the family person, and a two-door soft-top convertible version for the free-spirited person looking for a summer friendly car.

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Image Source: Audi South Africa Website.

The car has a signature Audi A3 grill, unrivalled design that has become synonymous with the Audi brand and attention grabbing detailed design. If the A3 were a student, the new Audi A3 would be the over achieving pupil, who is a social butterfly and a team captain in many sports. Simply put the newest A3 is an over achieving all-rounder.

What makes the new Audi A3 so great?

Let’s start off with the exterior. From the outside the A3 Audi comes equipped with jaw dropping xenon lights and Audi’s signature grill. Although German car manufacturers are known to be conservative when it comes to changing a winning formula, the A3’s headlights have been redesigned and the daytime running lights have a more slick appearance.

This is not the only notable change; the Audi A3 comes with a new front and back bumper and smaller tail. This creates an intimidating yet inspiring exterior appearance. You can tell you are looking at a German designed vehicle from the front alone; everything has been designed with great precision.

The car comes with metallic colour finish, standard 18 inch wheels and 17 inch rims. You have the option of ordering the 19 inch wheel version of the new A3. According to Audi the A3’s new wheels come with ‘improved performance’ and ‘optimized rolling resistance’ it remains to be seen whether these claim will hold up.

The real changes come in the Audi’s interior. The new Audi A3 comes built with an easy-to-use layout. Instead of using buttons to change fan speed and temperature, Audi settled for simple-to-use knobs that are very intuitive and give the Audi a neat look.

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A3 S Line Package | Image Source: Audi South Africa Website.

Audi added a new multi-functional steering wheel that has a great grip and the seats come in premium leather giving the car a very rich feel. Summer lovers will especially like the panoramic sunroof on the new A3. This sunroof is placed in such a way that it allows light to fill up the car giving it natural lighting.

From a comfort perspective, the A3 Audi’s driver’s seat comes with a foot rest and power lumber seat adjustments. Although the A3 is relatively smaller than the A6, the A3 comes with enough leg space in the back to make for a comfortable five-seater.

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Tech features of the new Audi A3

It is the technology in particular that absolutely blew me away. Audi decided to add a 12.3 inch foldable screen and a virtual cockpit. These two screens give the driver and passengers the ability to search for particular destinations using the touchpad located on the car’s dashboard. If you are driving in Johannesburg and looking for a Thai Restaurant you can simply type this on your touchpad and the dashboard and cockpit screens will then suggest restaurants based on your input and your location.

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Image Source: Audi South Africa Website.

This added connectivity reduces the need of playing around on your cell phone to load Google Maps and search for places while driving. As with standard maps you can zoom in and out as you see fit through your cockpit and 12.3 inch screen. This technology also allows for easier reversing.

When put your car on reverse not only do you have radar cruise to alert you of the distance between your car and other obstacles, you also have a camera and traffic detection making reversing a simpler process. With the continued R & D in autonomous driving and the technology needed to make this feasible enough for mainstream production, it is not to shocking that the new Audi A3 comes equipped with these features.

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A look at the Audi A3 Specs

As soon you begin to power the 220 horse power engine with available Quattro all drive and start driving the new A3 Audi you will start to notice that this is a very quiet car. You can barely hear the engine and the exhaust as you power up on the highway. You will also notice that the dual clutch delivers enormous power to all four wheels making the car feel very sporty.

In terms of raw speed the new Audi has a reported top speed of around 250km/hour. You can expect to hit the 100km/hour mark in between 5-10.7 seconds depending on whether you pick the standard engine or go for a larger option. You will be pleasantly surprised by how responsive this car is. It gets even more responsive if you shift to sporting mode. The new Audi A3’ specs are undoubtedly impressive and you will enjoy driving this car.

From a safety perspective the new Audi comes equipped with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), something which is surely going to be a standard feature in all cars in the near future. With AEB the car uses radar, cameras equipped outside of the car, and information about the speed at which the car is travelling and its trajectory to brake the car autonomously where a potential collision is detected. This is a welcomed addition to the Audi A3 for any safety conscious driver.

You will find quite a few models under the A3 banner, including the S3 high gloss package, the Sedan and the Cabriolet. Here is a breakdown of a few of the models:

A3 & A3 Sportback 1.0 TFSIA3 & A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSIA3 & A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSIA3 & A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI QuattroS3 & S3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI QuattroA3 & A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI
Displacement999 cc1 395 cc1 984 cc1 984 cc1 984 cc1 598 cc
Maximum Torque200 Nm @ 2 000 – 3 500 rpm250 Nm @ 1 500 – 3 500 rpm320 Nm @ 1 500 – 4 200 rpm320 Nm @ 1 500 – 4 200 rpm380 Nm @ 1 850 – 5 700 rpm |
400 Nm @ 2 000 - 5 400 rpm
250 Nm @ 1 500 – 3 000 rpm
Maximum Output85 kW @ 5 000 – 5 500 rpm110 kW @ 5 000 – 6 000 rpm140 kW @ 4 200 – 6 000 rpm140 kW @ 4 200 – 6 000 rpm228 kW @ 5 800 – 6 500 rpm |
228 kW @ 5 500 – 6 500 rpm
81 kW @ 3 200 – 4 000 rpm
Top Speed206 km/h220 km/h244 km/h236 km/h250 km/h200 km/h

In terms of the Audi A3 price, you can expect figures to start at around R 391 000 for the 1.0T FSI three door. The Audi A3 price goes up with each model, the 2.0T FSI Sportback coming in with a starting price of around R 455 000.

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