report: Audi A3 Sedan: a compact hatchback with extended side lines – La Tribune Auto

The Audi A3 Sedan four-door compact sedan stands out with extended side lines.

The front of the Audi A3 Sedan is characterized by a large Singleframe grille with honeycomb grid, flanked by trapezoidal headlights oriented downwards.

The versions equipped with the Matrix LED technology (optional) have a pixel matrix composed of up to 15 segments which can be activated individually. The digital daytime running lights create a unique signature for each version of the Audi A3 Sedan.

The body line above the wheel arches extends in a straight line to the rear bumper, which accentuates its length and gives its side an elegant appearance.

The concave surface under the broad shoulder line accentuates the quattro blisters and the wheel arches, creating a play of shade and intense light.

The roof line is oriented downwards from the window pillars
and ends with a spoiler on the tailgate.

Available in carbon (optional), the spoiler catches the eye and highlights the powerful appearance of the four-door model.

Therear end raised and the large diffuser benefit the aerodynamics of the vehicle.

The Audi A3 Sedan offers a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.25 (A3 Sedan 2.0 TDI 150).

Two electric shutters located behind the Singleframe grille help regulate the air flow according to the situation.

The streamlined underbody, the more aerodynamic exterior mirrors and the active brake cooling system reduce air resistance.

Long 4.5 meters, the Audi A3 Sedan is 1.82 meters wide and 1.43 meters high.

The trunk displays a loading capacity of 425 liters.

The compact four-door Audi is fully connected, from infotainment to assistance systems.

The cockpit of the Audi A3 Sedan has been designed around the driver, from the interior design to the screen as well as to the control elements.

The dashboard, with a central MMI touch screen, is tilted slightly towards the driver. It displays a 10.1 inch diagonal and works intuitively. It includes recognition of manual entry and voice command based on natural language.

Located behind the steering wheel, the 10.25-inch instrument cluster is fully digital. With Audi's virtual cockpit plus option, it measures 12.3 inches and offers three different views, including a sports display with inclined figures and a dynamic layout. The speed and the number of rpm are indicated in the form of bar graphs with angular red graphic elements.

A head-up display is available as an option and projects important information onto the windshield directly into the driver's field of vision.

The optional premium infotainment system in the Audi A3 Sedan is the MMI navigation plus, based on the modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). The latter connects the car via LTE Advanced speed and connects passenger smartphones to the Internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The MMI navigation plus system offers a range of Audi connect services, including online traffic and news, and other information (photos, opening hours and user reviews) about places of interest .

The Car-to-X services optional signals danger zones and speed limits to equipped vehicles, or identifies free parking spaces on the side of the road. When the engine is switched off, the myAudi application continues navigation on the driver's smartphone, which can directly reach its destination.

The Audi A3 Sedan is connected to the driver's smartphone via the Audi smartphone interface (optional), which connects iOS and Android phones to the MMI system via Apple Car Play and Android Audi, or via the Audi phone box (optional) ). The latter connects the device to the car antenna and is able to charge the smartphone by induction.

The Audi A3 Sedan can be locked / unlocked and started via an Android smartphone using the Audi connect key.

Up to six users can save their preferences in individual profiles for seat adjustment, temperature control and the multimedia system.

DAB plus digital radio is part of the standard equipment. Optional are online radio and hybrid radio, which automatically switch between FM band, DAB and online stream depending on the signal quality of the station.

The driver assistance systems are networked.

In the Audi pre sense front system, the camera behind the rear view mirror interacts with the front radar to avoid accidents or reduce their severity.

Collision assistance as standard also uses data from this sensor system.

The adaptive cruise assist simplifies lateral and longitudinal control for the driver.

The efficient driving assistant indicates when to take your foot off the accelerator by analyzing a variety of information, including navigation data.

The vehicle exit assistant, crossing assistant and surround cameras are also useful for city traffic.

The Audi A3 Sedan is launched with a TFSI engine and a TDI engine.

The 35 TFSI, a 1.5-liter direct injection engine producing 150 hp of power, is available in two versions: with a six-speed manual transmission and with a quick-change seven-speed S tronic transmission.

In addition to on-demand cylinder technology, the 35 TFSI engine, combined with the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, uses a lightweight 48-volt hybrid system. This recovers energy during braking, sends up to 50 Nm of torque to the engine at start-up and when accelerating from a low speed, and allows the Audi A3 Sedan to coast with the engine shut down in many situations. On a daily basis, the 48-volt system reduces consumption by up to 0.4 liters over 100 kilometers.

The 2.0 TDI delivering 150 hp of power also works with a seven-speed S tronic gearbox, where gear changes are made using “shift-by-wire” technology.

The suspension of the Audi A3 Sedan offers sporty and precise settings. This precision and this reaction speed are largely enabled by the central driving mode selection system, which ensures optimal interaction between all of the components of the transverse dynamics.

A sport suspension and a suspension with controlled damping are also available. The latter offers very variable types of damping, ranging from comfort mode to more agile hold thanks to dynamic mode.

The driving mode selection system Audi drive select allows the driver to adjust the suspension level of the Audi A3 Sedan. The adjustments also induce a modification of the characteristics of the response of the acceleration and the power steering, the ratio of which varies according to the steering angle.

The Audi A3 Sedan is equipped with numerous driver assistance systems.

Thelane keeping assistant and theanti-collision assistance are included as standard.

The interaction between the camera and the front radar allows the Audi pre sense front system to avoid or reduce the severity of accidents with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Anti-collision assistance helps the driver to maneuver the Audi A3 Saloon around an obstacle in the event of danger. The assistance takes the form of targeted braking of the wheels and the application of a steering torque in order to correct the steering angle.

From around 65 km / h, the lane keeping assistant helps the driver stay in the lane. If the vehicle approaches a demarcation line without the driver activating the turn signal, the system corrects the direction in order to redirect the vehicle in the right lane. An additional vibration of the steering wheel can be activated.

The fully equipped version includes a radar that takes measurements at the front, as well as two rear radar sensors, a front camera, four peripheral cameras and twelve ultrasonic sensors.

The vehicle can be fitted with other driving assistance systems, such as lane change, exit warning, transverse traffic assistant and adaptive cruise assist.

Theadaptive cruise assist simplifies lateral and longitudinal control for the driver. It maintains speed and distance from the vehicle in front and keeps the vehicle in the lane by light interventions from the electromechanical steering up to a speed of 210 km / h.

In traffic jams, the system brakes until the Audi A3 Sedan comes to a complete stop, whether it is equipped with a manual or automatic transmission. The vehicle automatically starts again, by disengaging or accelerating.

The Audi A3 Sedan is available in four versions: A3, Design, S line and Design Luxe.

The A3 Sedan range starts from 29,750 euros (35 TFSI 150 A3).

The first Diesel version of the A3 Sedan is 34,600 euros (35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 A3).

The prices of the Audi A3 Sedan:

Essence

35 TFSI 150 A3: € 29,750
35 TFSI 150 Design: € 32,900
35 TFSI 150 S line: € 37,550
35 TFSI 150 Design Luxe: € 38,450
35 TFSI Mild Hybrid 150 S tronic 7 A3: € 31,900
35 TFSI Mild Hybrid 150 S tronic 7 Design: € 35,050
35 TFSI Mild Hybrid 150 S tronic 7 S line: € 39,700
35 TFSI Mild Hybrid 150 S tronic 7 Design Luxe: € 40,600

Diesel

35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 A3: € 34,600
35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 Design: € 37,750
35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 S line: € 42,400
35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 Design Luxe: € 43,300

The standard equipment of the Audi A3 Sedan:

Main standard equipment available from A3 finish

Comfort and life on board

Long sliding center armrest, with adjustable tilt
Audi drive select
Radio frequency key (without sefelock): Central locking "Keyless-Go"
Automatic comfort air conditioning 2 zones
Electromechanical power steering, speed-controlled
40:60 folding rear seatback
Electrically adjustable and de-icing exterior mirrors
Windshield with acoustic glazing
Electrically adjustable and de-icing exterior mirrors
Interior mirror with manual day / night adjustment
Manually adjustable front seats with manual height and position adjustment, seatback tilt, headrest height and seat belts
Front and rear floor mats

Audio, navigation, connectivity and infotainment

6 speakers (passive)
Audi connect Emergency call & Service
10.25-inch Digital Cockpit digital instrument cluster
Bluetooth interface
MMI Radio plus
Navigation device preparation
Digital radio reception (DAB)

Lighting and visibility

Rain and light detector
Inside lighting
LED headlights (dipped beam, main beam, daytime running light and position light in LED technology; bulb indicators)

Active and passive safety

Front side airbags and head airbag system
Lane departure warning
Audi connect emergency call
Audi pre sense front
Front passenger airbag deactivation command
Tire pressure control
Speed ​​limitation device
Anti-theft wheel nuts
Repair kit
On-board tools
Seat belt reminder with rear seat occupancy detection device
Speed ​​regulator
Electric child safety
First aid kit, warning triangle and 2 safety jackets

Design

Decorative application with special silk effect paint
Body-color exterior mirror housings
Fabric roof sky
Classic exterior with:
– Matt black grille
– Matt black diffuser
16-inch aluminum wheels
"Index" Fabric Seats
3-spoke style leather steering wheel with multifunction plus

Design finish

Additional equipment included in the finish compared to the A3 version

Exterior & interior design

Exterior gloss pack (Strip on the anodized aluminum window sills; glossy black coating on the central and rear roof pillars)
17 inch light alloy wheels, 5 parallel spokes
Interior Aluminum Pack

Comfort and life on board

"Debut 2" fabric upholstery
4-axis lumbar support for the front seats: electric, horizontal and vertical adjustment
Automatic day / night interior mirror, frameless
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding exterior mirrors with automatic flap function.

Audio, navigation, connectivity and infotainment

2 rear USB charging ports
Audi smartphone interface
Audi phone box light

Active vehicle safety: driving assistance system

Rear view camera
Audi park assist: uses ultrasonic sensors to find suitable parking spaces (battle and parking space) along the road, calculates the ideal parking space and manages the steering automatically

Luxury Design Finish

Additional equipment contained in the finish compared to the Design version

Exterior design

17-inch light alloy wheels, 5-spoke W design
LED headlights with dynamic indicators at the rear
Advanced outdoor pack:
– Door sill with aluminum inlays at the front
– Titanium black painted grille with chrome frame
– Blade on the front spoiler in selenite silver
– Standard roof edge spoiler
– Diffusers and grilles in grained mat black

Interior design

Decorative applications in dark spectrum aluminum
Mono.pur 550 leather / imitation leather combination

Comfort and life on board

Comfort key including unlocking the boot by sensor
Variable rear bench seat, 40:20:40, with cup holder in the armrest of the central seat

Audio, navigation, connectivity and infotainment

MMI navigation plus with MMI touch includes in addition to MMI Navigation
Navigation & Infotainment Audi connect plus
Audi virtual cockpit plus
Audi sound system
Audi phone box light

Lighting and visibility

Multicolour interior lighting package

S line finish

Additional equipment included in the finish compared to the A3 version

Exterior design

18 inch light alloy wheels, 5 Y-spokes, Graphite Gray, gloss turned
S line exterior package:
– Front door sill trims with illuminated aluminum inlays, with S logo
– Sports suspension with adjustable ride height
– Titanium black painted grille with chrome frame
– Front spoiler in integral paint (body color) with matt platinum gray blade
– S emblem on the front fenders
– Wider side sill trims in matt platinum gray
– Roof edge spoiler
– Implied side air outlet grilles in grained mat black with inlay in mat platinum gray
– Diffusers and grilles in grained mat black
LED headlights with dynamic indicators at the rear

Interior design

S line interior package
– Front sport seats with mono.pur 550 fabric / imitation leather upholstery
– 3-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel
– Door armrests and handbrake, in synthetic leather
– Central armrest, front with adjustable angle, can be moved forward / backward
– Pedal and footrest in stainless steel
– Floor mats, front and back, in velvet, black with stitching

Comfort and life on board

2-zone automatic comfort air conditioning
Automatic day / night interior mirror, frameless
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding exterior mirrors with automatic flap function.

Audio, navigation, connectivity and infotainment

2 rear USB charging ports
Audi connect
Audi virtual cockpit: 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster
Audi smartphone interface
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch includes in addition to MMI Navigation
Audi sound system

Active vehicle safety: driving assistance system

Audi park assist: uses ultrasonic sensors to find suitable parking spaces (battle and parking space) along the road, calculates the ideal parking space and manages the steering automatically.
Rear view camera

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