The Audi brand is famous for its superb levels of build quality and technological advancements all of which can be found immediately in the hugely popular A3 and as of this week you can now choose between three gorgeously designed bodies after the introduction of the new Audi A3 saloon being added to the UK line-up. The introduction of the new A3 saloon takes Audi into the largest market segment in the world – the “Compact Saloon”. The new A3 saloon starts at ?24,275 on the road with delivery expected for October or January 2014 for the sporty S3. There will also be an A3 Cabriolet which is due to make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September this year.
The saloon variant is 4,456mm in length making it 250mm shorter than the Audi A4 and boot space is good with a well shaped rectangular shaped boot that comes with 425 litres of boot space, just 55 litres less than the A4 and with the seats down more luggage space than an A3 Sportback.
Launch models will have a choice of three different four cylinder engines all of which are turbocharged. A 1.4 TFSI 138bhp unit that accelerates from 0 – 62mph in 8.4 seconds and an mpg of 60.1 using Audi’s cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology. A 1.8 TFSI producing 178bhp with a 0 – 62mph of 7.3 seconds and a 2.0 TDI diesel unit with an mpg of 67.3.
The S3 which wont be available for delivery until January next year will benefit from the famous Audi Quattro four wheel drive system and is poised to be a rival for Mercedes CLA 45 AMG. It will be powered by a 2.0 TFSI unit producing the best part of 300bhp with the manual variant giving a 0 – 62mph time of 5.3 seconds and the seven speed dual clutch S-tronic managing to do the same in just 4.9 seconds.
As usual there will be plenty of opportunity to customise the specification of your A3 saloon with a nice list of optional factory extras including; Panoramic Sunroof, full LED headlights, Audi’s key access and authorisation system, MMI Navigation plus with SSD hard drive (64GB Storage), a DVD drive and voice control.
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