The Audi A3 and A3 Sportback are the sporty models in their segment. The upscale equipment and trim underscores their elegant style. Audi optionally equips its two premium compact models with highly developed technologies such as the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, the Audi magnetic ride suspension system and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
All of the engines combine powerful and sporty performance with low fuel consumption. The A3 1.6 TDI emitting just 99 grams per km (159.33 g/mile) sets new standards for efficiency. The design expresses the sporty elegance of the three-door A3 and the five-door A3 Sportback. The optional xenon plus headlights are combined with LED daytime running lights. The single-frame grille element and the trims on the B-posts are painted in high-gloss black, the lower air inlets have chrome struts and there are chrome strips in the door handles. All versions of the A3 have a diffuser insert with a distinctive spoiler lip in the rear. Light guide rods in the in the tail lights of the A3 Sportback form a distinctive contour, the three-door model features tinted tail lights.
There are eight powerplants in the engine lineup for the Audi A3 and the A3 Sportback, four gasoline and four diesel units. All are cutting-edge four-cylinder units featuring turbocharging and direct injection and badged as TFSI and TDI. They offer all the qualities of Audi engine technology efficiency, refinement, power and high torque. Audi couples many of the engines with a start-stop system that works together with both the manual and the S tronic automatic transmissions. The recuperation system is standard with all engines.
The entry-level gasoline engine is the 1.2 TFSI; it exemplifies Audi’s downsizing strategy the substitution of turbocharging for displacement. The four-cylinder unit develops 77 kW (105 hp) and a hefty 175 Nm of torque (129.07 lb-ft) from its small displacement of 1,197 cc, yet averages just 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (42.77 US mpg). The most powerful gasoline engine is the 2.0 TFSI with 147 kW (200 hp).
The TDI range extends from the 1.6 TDI developing 66 kW (90 hp) to the 2.0 TDI, with an output of 125 kW (170 hp). The most efficient engine in the lineup is the 1.6-liter TDI with 77 kW (105 hp). It is available in a variety of different versions, the most economical of which averages 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (61.90 US mpg) in a three-door A3 with manual transmission.