With the Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s latest technological developments, the A3 benefits from a new, even more sharply styled design featuring new engines and accommodating the latest driver assistance and infotainment advances, including the standard-fit Audi smartphone interface and the optional fully digital Audi virtual cockpit, available in five-door Sportback, Saloon and Cabriolet.
Despite hardly any changes made to the dimensions – 4.24 metres in length with a wheelbase of 2.60 metres – the new Audi A3 looks more purposeful than ever. Its single-frame grille features sharper lines and is broader, and its headlights are flatter, with distinctive outer contours. The rear accentuates the width of the new A3 – with the horizontal illuminated graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the redesigned diffuser. The colour palette has also been expanded to 12 paint colours which are available to choose from depending on specification, including the 5 new colours Ara blue, Cosmic blue, Nano grey, Tango red and Vegas yellow.
New to this model (and the segment) is the traffic jam assist system, which works together with Audi Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to keep the vehicle at a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and in combination with the S tronic transmission, automatically sets it in motion again after a short stop. In congested traffic, the system can even work in combination with Audi Active Lane Assist to briefly take over the steering on well-surfaced roads at speeds of up to 40mph. Another new feature available for S tronic versions of the A3 family is the optional Emergency Assist, which initiates braking down to a safe stop if, despite warnings, no steering activity by the driver is detected.
A3 Sportback e-tron
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