Following the immediate success of the inaugural Audi A3 Saloon, the next generation has been launched. The new A3 Saloon is presented with a sporty, sleek look. Due in Irish dealerships this Autumn, the compact four-door model is digitally and fully connected – from the infotainment through to the assist systems. Compared with its predecessor, it is now 4 centimetres longer at 4.50 metres, while its wheelbase remains unchanged. Its width has increased by 2 centimetres to 1.82 metres and it is now 1 centimetre taller at 1.43 metres. This has yielded an increase in headroom – a good 2 centimetres in the front thanks to the lower position of the driver seat – and some additional elbow room. At 425 litres, the luggage capacity is exactly the same as in the predecessor model.
The instrument panel with the central MMI touch display is inclined slightly toward the driver, having a 10.25-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel being digital. The top infotainment system in the new car is the MMI Navigation plus, which uses the third-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3), boasting computing power ten times higher than in the predecessor model, connecting the car via LTE Advanced speed, and connects the smartphones of the passengers to the Internet via Wi-Fi hotspot. The MMI Navigation plus offers a multitude of Audi connect services as standard, including online traffic information, news, and additional information such as photos, opening times, and user reviews relating to points of interest. If the car is switched off, the myAudi app continues navigation from the car on a smartphone. This way, customers reaches their destination seamlessly.
The A3 Saloon is also connected to the smartphone via the standard Audi smartphone interface, which integrates iOS and Android cell phones with Apple Car Play and Android Auto in the MMI, as well as via the standard Audi phone box.
Available with a choice of two petrol TFSI engines and one diesel TDI engine at launch, the 35 TFSI, a 1.5-litre direct injection engine, produces 150 PS and is available in two versions – with a newly developed six-speed manual transmission and with a quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic. Besides the cylinder on demand technology, the powertrain in conjunction with the S tronic dual-clutch transmission uses a 48-volt mild hybrid system. It recovers energy during deceleration, supports the engine with up to 50 Nm of torque when driving off and accelerating from low engine speeds and allows the A3 Saloon to coast with the engine switched off in many situations. In everyday driving, it reduces consumption by up to 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres.