report: Audi A3 Sportback: a compact sedan with a dynamic look – La Tribune Auto

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TheAudi A3 Sportback fourth generation displays a more dynamic look, higher performance and efficiency and increased comfort.

The front of the Audi A3 Sportback is characterized by a large hexagonal Singleframe grille with a honeycomb grid combined with large angular air inlets.

Ingolstadt's premium five-door compact sedan displays sporting proportions, a new relief on its concave side and an oblique amount of glass above the rear wheels.

The shoulder line is oriented upwards, from the headlights to the rear lights, while the lower surface is oriented downwards.

The lower body line rises again to the rear wheel arches.

At the rear end, the long spoiler gives the impression that the bezel is lowered.

The shoulder line that extends all around the vehicle, the fine taillights, the diffuser and the trapezoid exhaust grilles emphasize the width of the vehicle.

The Matrix LED headlights (optional) have digital daytime running lights. An innovative pixel matrix, made up of 15 light-emitting diodes, projects a specific daylight signature. In addition, the Matrix LED headlights offer intelligent control of the high beams, dynamic indicators and a dynamic light sequence when locking and unlocking the car.

The "black panel" center console and the contrasting stitching contribute to the perceived quality of the interior of the Audi A3 Sportback. Precise horizontal lines and carefully designed surfaces accentuate the width of the cockpit. The horizontal ventilation opening on the passenger side door and the curved decorative strip below also contribute. On the driver's side, the air vents create an imposing unit with the instrument cluster.

The digital cockpit is entirely designed for the driver. It includes a 10.1 inch touch screen. The screen allows you to adjust the parameters for multimedia selection, navigation and Audi connect services. When the driver selects a function, the system provides an acoustic response. The central screen is integrated into the ultra-bright black frame in the center of the dashboard.

The aesthetic with black panels continues to the left of the steering wheel, highlighting the width and quality of the cockpit.

The gear lever is integrated into its surface with black panels. Thanks to shift-by-wire technology, the gear lever is replaced by a compact selector which can be pulled and pressed to control the functions of the S tronic seven-speed gearbox.

Right next to it, a round volume control button reacts to the circular movements of the finger.

The Audi A3 Sportback is equipped with a digital instrument cluster, which has a diagonal of 10.25 inches and is operated via the multifunction steering wheel.

Information from the optional MMI navigation plus system is displayed in Audi's virtual cockpit. With a 12.3-inch screen, Audi's virtual cockpit plus offers three different views.

Thehead-up display (optional) projects important information onto the windshield in color, with an image that seems to float two meters in front of the driver.

The modular infotainment platform (MIB) takes care of all connectivity tasks, including telephony and Audi connect services with LTE Advanced speed and includes a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The system recognizes letters, cursive writing whole words and letters written one on top of the other. Voice control with natural language system is standard. The driver can freely give instructions and the dialogue manager of the Audi A3 Sportback responds to them. The system is capable of understanding questions such as "Where is the nearest Italian restaurant?" And displays the corresponding restaurants nearby.

The MMI navigation plus system integrates high resolution satellite images from Google Earth and detailed 3D models of many major cities in Europe.

The Car-to-X services connect the Audi A3 Sportback to other vehicles and the environment.

Subject to availability of local infrastructure, Car-to-X services help the driver find a free parking spot on the side of the road or take advantage of the green lights by communicating with the city's main computer. Information about the traffic light circuits is displayed in Audi's virtual cockpit. The vehicle's on-board camera and sensor system also detects danger zones and speed limits, and transmits them to vehicles equipped with Car-to-X equipment.

The Audi A3 Sportback is equipped with a DAB plus digital radio. An online radio and a hybrid radio can be installed. The first provides access to online stations available worldwide, while the second automatically switches between FM band, DAB and online stream to ensure optimum reception at all times.

The Audi A3 Sportback is equipped with the Audi smartphone interface, which allows you to connect a smartphone to the MMI system. It establishes contact with iOS or Android smartphones and transfers the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto environment to the MMI screen.

The Audi phone box charges smartphones by induction, couples it with the car antenna and offers a hands-free function.

Audi A3 Sportback launched with three motors : a 1.5 TFSI 150 hp (110 kW) engine and a 2.0 TDI engine delivering 116 hp (85 kW) or 150 hp (110 kW).

A 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder engine delivering 110 hp (81 kW) and a second version of the 1.5 TFSI are announced shortly after launch.

A plug-in hybrid version in two power levels is planned.

The engines are available with front-wheel drive or quattro transmission and power transfer is provided by a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed S tronic gearbox.

The standard suspension of the Audi A3 Sportback combines driving comfort and dynamism. On request, the A3 Sportback is offered with adaptive shock absorbers, which lowers the body by 10 millimeters. Sensors measure the vertical acceleration of the body structure and the relative movement of each of the wheels. The control unit processes the signals in a few milliseconds and continuously adapts each shock absorber to the road condition, the driving situation and the configuration chosen via the Audi drive select driving mode selection system. The driver can choose between two basic settings (comfort or dynamic) in the auto, comfort and dynamic profiles. The shock absorbers offer very variable driving conditions, ranging from a very comfortable suspension to a firm and agile hold.

The electronic stabilization program reinforces dynamic driving with torque control at the wheel. When the inner front wheel no longer adheres to a corner taken at high speed, the program intervenes by braking slightly.

The Audi A3 Sportback is equipped with a electromechanical steering with speed dependent power steering. This ensures precise sensations at high speed and is useful during parking maneuvers.

A progressive power steering, which offers a variable gear ratio independent of the steering angle, is available as an option. When the steering wheel is brought to a stop, the ratio is reduced and the steering is very direct. On winding roads, the outfit is more sporty and the efforts required to maneuver and park are reduced.

The driving mode selection system Audi drive select controls the steering characteristics and acceleration response, as well as the shift points of the S tronic. The available modes are as follows: comfort, auto, dynamic and efficiency. In individual mode, the driver can freely adjust his preferences.

The Audi A3 Sportback employs a MacPherson axle with suspension triangles at the base on the front axle.

Engines delivering less than 150 hp (110 kW) are equipped with a rear axle with torsion bars.

Models developing a power of 150 hp (110 kW) and more are equipped with a multi-link rear axle with separate spring / damper unit.

Audi A3 Sportback measures 4.34 meters long and 1.82 meters wide without the mirrors.

Without the roof antenna, the Audi A3 Sportback is 1.43 meters tall and has a wheelbase of 2.64 meters.

The trunk has a capacity ranging from 380 to 1,200 liters.

The height of the floor can be adjusted at different levels, while the rear shelf can be stored to save space.

Depending on the engine version, the Audi A3 Sportback offers a towing capacity of up to 1,600 kg (braked, on a slope at 12%) with optional coupling.

Equipped with the 1.5 TFSI, the Audi A3 Sportback has a curb weight (driverless) of 1,280 kg.

In the passenger compartment, the hot-formed steel components create a robust composite structure.

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

The A3 Sportback range starts from 29,200 euros (35 TFSI 150 A3).

The first Diesel version of the A3 Sportback is 29,200 euros (30 TDI 116 A3).

The prices of the Audi A3 Sportback:

Essence

35 TFSI 150 A3: € 29,200
35 TFSI 150 Design: € 32,350
35 TFSI 150 S line: € 37,000
35 TFSI 150 Design Luxe: € 37,900
35 TFSI Mild Hybrid 150 S tronic 7 A3: € 31,350
35 TFSI Mild Hybrid 150 S tronic 7 Design: € 34,500
35 TFSI Mild Hybrid 150 S tronic 7 S line: 39 150 €
35 TFSI Mild Hybrid 150 S tronic 7 Design Luxe: € 40,050

Diesel

30 TDI 116 A3: € 29,200
30 TDI 116 Design: € 32,350
30 TDI 116 S line: € 37,000
30 TDI 116 Design Luxe: € 37,900
35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 A3: € 34,050
35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 Design: € 37,200
35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 S line: 41 850 €
35 TDI 150 S tronic 7 Design Luxe: € 42,750

The standard equipment of the Audi A3 Sportback:

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 adjustment of height and length positioning, backrest tilt, height of head restraints 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 lights and position lights 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 rims
"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 USB charging ports on the back
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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