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The new A3 Sportback

— More than ever with doors and 1,220 liters of capacity

— Audi and advanced engine technology for low CO2

— Driver assistance from the full-size class

2012-09-20 — Sporty, and progressive Audi presents the new A3 The compact five-door model the spacious luggage compartment new ground in terms of vehicle thanks to ultra lightweight technology. The engines are powerful and

The infotainment and driver assistance available in the new A3 Sportback set new standards in the compact segment.


The new Audi A3 Sportback is long and While the length (4,310 [14.14 ft]), width millimeters [5.84 ft]) and (1,425 millimeters [4.68 are only slightly greater on the previous model, the wheelbase now 2,636 millimeters (8.65 an increase of 58 millimeters (2.28 This makes the five-door 35 millimeters (1.38 in) longer the axles than the three-door

The design with the three windows is taut and concentrated, every detail precise and The distinguishing element at the front of the is the distinctive, stone gray grille with the angled corners. The lower edges of the headlights taper off at an angle.

offers optional xenon headlights with LED daytime lights, with LED headlights to somewhat later. Large air up front hint at the power of the

The sharply defined tornado articulates the flank below the and evokes a powerful shoulder. The line above the side runs upward toward the

The tautly curved surfaces, the precisely defined wheel the relatively narrow, sharply C pillars and the understated roof underscore the sporty nature of the A3 as do the exterior mirrors, which as a sports car are perched on the doors.

The is extremely sculptured, and the split lights underscore its width. offers LED rear lights in with the xenon plus LED light conductors appear to a continuous arch. The adaptive light, which pulses at frequency during hard is standard. A sharp crease off the diffuser.

Depending on the engine, the system terminates in one or two tailpipes on the side of the car.

Audi the A3 Sportback in a choice of 13 colors solid finishes, eight finishes and two pearl-effect finishes. The high-gloss package adds around the windows (standard the Ambiente trim line). sporty customers can choose the S sport package or S line package.

Ultra lightweight

The Audi ultra lightweight principle has long been a pillar for the brand. It reduces the of the new A3 Sportback by as much as 90 kilograms lb) compared with the previous Equipped with the 1.4 TFSI the five-door model has a curb (without driver) of just kilograms (2,656.57 lb).

the worldwide pioneer in lightweight has once again reversed the spiral and set a new record.

High-end of hot-shaped steel in the occupant form a strong, yet lightweight They comprise a large of the body and are a major factor the weight savings of 37 kilograms lb) in the occupant cell. High- and steels are used in many areas.

The engine hood, the the profile behind the front and the subframe for the front axle are of aluminum. Together they roughly 12 kilograms (26.46 lb) and improve axle load

The body of the Audi A3 Sportback is stiff and quiet, as components as a noise-insulating windshield reduce noise levels. Thanks to fine-tuning that also the engine compartment and the underbody, the of drag is just 0.30. safety is also top-notch.

In the of a collision with a pedestrian, a element at the back of the engine raises it several centimeters to the impact.


The interior of the new A3 Sportback is by an elegant, clean and light Lines and surfaces are sinuously A long arch runs the windshield in the style of the large models. The instrument panel its curved front is lean and

It and the center console, which is slightly toward the driver, to hover, evoking a sense of behind the wheel.

The intuitively ergonomics are a classic Audi The MMI operating system with the monitor is available with the MMI and above. Its terminal is located on the of the center tunnel, which is by high knee pads.

A for the electromechanical parking brake the handbrake lever another from the Audi full-size

The driver seats at an elegant wheel. Depending on the version, it has or four spokes, a flat-bottomed multifunction buttons and shift The large dial instruments can be read at a glance. The newly front seats offer body guidance and support.

seats are available as an option with Ambition).

Thanks to the 58 (2.28 in) by which the wheelbase has the A3 Sportback offers ample seat space and easy for three adults. The A3 Sportback offers several millimeters head and leg room than its

The interior of the new A3 Sportback conveys the look and feel of the full-size The sculpted inlays are just one of the Audi offers a choice of Mistral or the 3D-design Optic (standard with Ambiente) as

This top-of-the-line version is in a complex process to produce a appearance with intense

The four large, round air in a jet design are additional examples of the of technology. The stream of air can be adjusted a diffuse and a targeted flow by and pulling on the center axis.

The unit for the optional deluxe air conditioning is mounted on a black, fascia. The instrument cluster is also black. Many elements are optionally available in an finish, and the interior lighting (standard with Ambiente) subtle LED lights.

The colors in the are matched to the trim line. In the A3 Attraction, the interior is black or gray; the interior of the sporty line is either all black or with additional silver, or yellow contrasting elements. The Audi design selection orange, an exclusive suggestion of the designers, provides access to the of youthful colors.

The colors beige and chestnut brown are with the luxurious Ambiente line.

The materials provide for differentiation. Cloth seats are with the Attraction and Ambition Ambiente comes standard a mix of cloth and synthetic leather. include Milano leather or a of Pearl Nappa leather and

The Milano leather sport are covered with soft leather in the shoulder region.

The S sport package, which is for the A3 Sportback Ambition, completely the interior in black. The sport are covered with a combination of cloth and leather. Accents are by silver seams and piping on the mats, while the inlays are of matt brushed aluminum or 3D-design black.

A shift with perforated leather and a leather sport steering round out the package.

The luggage offers 380 liters (13.42 cu ft) of in the basic configuration. The capacity to 1,220 liters (43.08 cu ft) the seats folded down. The floor is flat. The opening the wheel wells measures 100 (39.37 in).

The cargo can be inserted on two levels, and the supports on it rests are marked with LED lights. The rear seat can be down in a 60:40 split or as a Hooks for bags and tie-down are standard.

Options include a mat, a storage and luggage package, a pass-through opening and a ski and bag.


Audi is initially the new A3 Sportback with a choice of one TDI and two engines. Two diesel engines and one unit will follow later. They combine efficiency technologies direct turbocharging, innovative thermal and the start-stop system.

Fuel has been reduced on average by 10 percent compared with the model.

The 1.6 TDI is the most efficient in the model lineup. The compact which is characterized by minimal friction, consumes on average 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers US mpg) when paired the manual transmission. This to CO2 emissions of 99 g/km (159.33

The 1.6-liter engine accelerates the A3 Sportback from zero to 100 (62.14 mph) in 10.9 on its way to a top speed of 194 km/h (120.55

The newly developed 2.0 TDI, balance shafts that now in the crankcase, is available in two versions. data for the front-wheel-drive A3 Sportback with the 110 kW (150 hp) engine 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) are 8.4 seconds for the from zero to 100 km/h mph) and a top speed of 213 km/h mph). Average fuel is just 4.6 liters per 100 km (51.13 corresponding to CO2 emissions of 120 grams per (193.12 g/mile).

The more version of the 2.0 TDI offers 135 kW (184 hp) and 380 Nm lb-ft) of torque. The key data manual transmission and front-wheel zero to 100 km/h (62.14 in 7.4 seconds, top speed of 232 km/h mph), average fuel of 4.3 liters per 100 km (54.70 US mpg) and 111 CO2 per km (178.64 g/mile).

Following later is the 1.2 TFSI, which its aluminum crankcase is rigorously for low weight and minimal friction. It 77 kW (105 hp) and 175 Nm (129.07 lb-ft) of Together with S tronic, it the A3 Sportback from zero to 100 (62.14 mph) in 10.7 and reaches a top speed of 193 km/h mph).

Average fuel is just 4.9 liters per 100 km (48.00 US corresponding to CO2 emissions of 114 grams per km g/mile).

The new 1.4 TFSI in the A3 Sportback, now also features an aluminum weighs just 107 kilograms lb) 21 kilograms (46.30 lb) less its predecessor. It produces 90 kW (122 hp) and 200 Nm lb-ft) of torque, accelerating the A3 from zero to 100 km/h mph) in 9.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 203 (149.73 mph). Its average consumption is 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km US mpg), which corresponds to 123 of CO2/km (197.95 g/mile).

A version of the 1.4 TFSI to follow later produces 103 kW (140 hp) and 250 Nm lb-ft) of torque. It features the cylinder on demand (COD) which deactivates the second and cylinders at low to intermediate loads and coasting.

The powerful 1.4-liter average fuel consumption is 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (50.05 US CO2 emissions are just 110 grams per km g/mile). Performance is sporty, a time of 8.4 seconds for the standard (with manual transmission) and a top of 213 km/h (132.35 mph).

The new 1.8 the most powerful gasoline in the lineup, produces 132 kW (180 hp) and 250 Nm lb-ft) of torque. It combines FSI injection with indirect and uses the Audi valvelift to vary valve lift as The exhaust manifold is integrated the cylinder head a similar is also used in the two smaller engines.

Key performance data S tronic and front-wheel drive: zero to 100 km/h (62.14 in 7.3 seconds, top speed of 232 km/h mph) and average fuel of 5.6 liters per 100 km (42.00 US mpg) to 130 grams CO2 per km (209.21 g/mile).

will quickly expand the of engines for the A3 Sportback. It includes a S model and additional high-efficiency, variants. Set to debut in 2013 is an (110-hp) TCNG engine for with Audi e-gas, a that Audi produces in sustainable manner. In the holistic analysis, the CO2 emissions of the A3 Sportback are below 30 g/km (48.28

The A3 Sportback e-tron with a plug-in hybrid drive follow in 2014.


All engines in the new Audi A3 Sportback are with a manual six-speed S tronic is available as an option all engines. Depending on the version, the transmission shifts extremely and nearly imperceptibly through six or gears.

The driver can operate S via the selector lever or with the paddles on the steering wheel. are somewhat higher in the automatic S whereas D mode prioritizes gear ratios. When with Audi drive (standard in the A3 Ambition), S tronic a free-wheeling function in efficiency that further reduces consumption.

With engines up to 103 kW (140 hp), the power is to the front wheels. quattro all-wheel drive featuring a developed multi-plate clutch is as an option for the 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TDI.

The actuated and electronically controlled which can send the power the front to the rear axle in a few milliseconds, weighs significantly than the previous unit.

The chassis of the new Audi A3 Sportback is harmonious and sporty thanks to the balanced distribution of axle The front axle has been forward by 40 millimeters (1.57 in) with the previous model, the overhang correspondingly. All of the engines are tilted backward by 12 degrees the exhaust end facing the bulkhead.

concept is an element of the modular platform (MQB).

The front of the Audi A3 Sportback is a McPherson with wishbones and lightweight pivot bearings. It is mounted on an subframe. Mounted on a steel the four-link rear suspension longitudinal and transverse forces The springs and dampers are mounted

The two sport suspensions available the body by 15 or 25 millimeters (0.59 or in), respectively.

The electromechanical steering with a direct ratio of 15.3:1 is sensitive and efficient. Its drive unit no energy while driving ahead a key contribution to overall The steering works closely with a variety of assistance including Audi active assist and the parking assistant.

The circle measures just meters (35.76 ft).

on the trim line, the new Audi A3 rolls on 16 or 17-inch wheels, attractively designed wheels up to 18 in diameter available as options.

brakes provide the stopping the front discs are internally The ESC electronic stabilization control the electronic limited slip which helps the driver cornering. If a wheel on one of the axles the electronic limited slip brakes it slightly, causing the car to slightly into the corner.

The parking brake can be supplemented a hill hold assist

Audi drive select with Ambition) makes the new A3 Sportback an even more and inspiring experience. The driver with the push of a button the accelerator, the power steering and the S tronic operate in comfort, dynamic, individual or efficiency

In the latter mode, the optional automatic air conditioning, adaptive and adaptive cruise control operate in a mode targeted to fuel consumption.

Another technology controlled via Audi select is the electromagnetic damper system Audi magnetic The system offers a comfortable and a characteristic. Its control unit adjusts the damping forces in depending on road conditions and the style.

The body sits 15 (0.59 in) lower with system.


The new Audi A3 presents a groundbreaking innovation in communications electronics the modular platform (MIB). The concept it enables very fast cycles in development.

The central of the new MMI includes the MMX board (MMX: eXtension). One of the plug-in module’s key is the fast T-20 graphics from market leader Tegra 2 series. The chip, generates complex 3D images, is in all online, voice control, navigation and telephone functions.

The high-resolution monitor of the MMI operating measures either 5.8 or 7 inches in and extends automatically from the panel.

Just 11 millimeters in) thick, its lightweight magnesium is finished in high-gloss black for an premium appearance.

Audi is presenting important innovations for the terminal on the center tunnel The permanent toggle switches the keys for navigation, telephone, and media have been With the top-of-the-line MMI navigation the large rotary pushbutton MMI touch a solution from full-size models has been into a touch wheel.

The field, on which drivers can letters and numbers with fingers, forms the surface of the wheel.

The new Audi A3 Sportback standard with the Audi The next level up, the MMI radio, the control terminal and the power-retractable monitor. This can be supplemented the optional connectivity package, includes the Audi music for the integration of a mobile player, a interface and navigation system

If the customer later buys an SD with navigation data or the navigation package from the beginning, the MMI radio becomes a system.

The top version is the MMI navigation with MMI touch a media with 60 GB of storage capacity, DVD and whole-word voice control. The 7-inch monitor displays the map detailed 3D graphics. Mobile and players can be paired with MMI plus through the integrated interface.

A number of attractive round out the range, including a for digital audio broadcasting and the Phone Box for easily connecting the phone to the vehicle antenna. The Bang Olufsen sound whose 705-watt, 5.1-channel drives 14 speakers, is available in to the Audi Sound System. LED guides illuminate the fames of the in the front doors.

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The term Audi connect to all technologies that connect the of an Audi to the car, the Internet, the and other vehicles. The hardware is the Bluetooth online car phone, is called Audi connect in the new A3

The Bluetooth online car phone, an of MMI navigation plus, connects to the via UMTS. The integrated WLAN allows passengers to freely and send e-mails on up to eight devices. The system delivers Internet services for the driver, navigation with images Google Earth and Google POI to Audi traffic information and the smartphone app Audi music

News and information services out the range.

Audi connect integrates apps into the system that deliver the community services Facebook and in a form specially adapted for use. Joining the text-to-speech is a practical text function: text modules can be combined data such as the current of the vehicle, for example, to keep the friends informed of the driver’s if desired.

A new service from connect is Picturebook Navigation. The stores photos of destinations with navigation data in a book on a server. These can be the own photos or images from Earth or the online community.

The can then use the images to put together a This service is particularly for vacations.

Driver assistance

The new Audi A3 Sportback also advanced technologies for the driver systems. The most important of is Audi adaptive cruise At speeds up to 150 km/h (93.21 the radar-based cruise control the car at an interval defined by the driver the car ahead.

With the assistance which combines multiple the system is active at speeds up to 200 (124.27 mph). In combination S tronic, ACC offers a stop go for low speeds.

Additional systems out the lineup. Audi side monitors lane changes rear-facing radar, and Audi lane assist helps remain in their lane by correcting the electromechanical steering, if The latter system’s video is also used for the traffic recognition system, which speed limits and other

The driver information system rest recommendation detects the driver is getting tired and a warning.

Several systems are to make parking easier; the top of the is the park assist system 360 display. It takes over from the driver when in both parallel and perpendicular maneuvering multiple times, if Its twelve ultrasonic sensors obstacles all round the vehicle.

The assist system can be supplemented a reversing camera.

Another option is the safety system pre sense basic. If the A3 Sportback to skid, it tenses the front belts electrically, and the windows and begin to close. The additional pre sense front is integrated the adaptive cruise control.

In the of a pending rear-end collision the vehicle ahead, it warns the in stages and initiates precise and braking, if necessary.

At speeds 30 km/h (18.64 mph), pre sense front brakes the A3 in an emergency with nearly power. If a collision occurs a new subsystem is activated: the multicollision assistant. It ensures that the does not continue to roll


Audi is launching the new A3 with a generous array of features. The package of restraint which also includes a airbag for the driver, can be supplemented side airbags in the back. The list of standard equipment such features as a manual air and a tire pressure indicator.

The information system with display is standard with the and Ambiente lines. Besides the recommendation function, it also the efficiency program with indicator.

The A3 Sportback Ambition includes sport seats, a suspension, 17-inch alloy and the Audi drive select Ambiente includes cruise an LED interior lighting package and a parking system. Individual directly from the luxury are available in all trim lines for customization.

These include the glass roof, the convenience key and heating.

Lighting technology

The new A3 Sportback can be optionally equipped xenon plus headlights integrated LED daytime running These form a narrow, homogenous contour of light at the top and edges, like an eyebrow. If plus headlights are fitted, the lights also use LED technology.

guides fed by LEDs light up in uniform arcs; the turn lights close the contour as a on the upper edge. The adaptive light, which pulses hard braking, is standard.

The Audi adaptive light into curves. It is also to the navigation system and can be upgraded special lighting functions of interurban and highway driving, as as for intersections and tourist attractions. combined with the front-facing the light-dark boundary of the headlights is and steplessly adjusted for substantially visibility and safety.

A true in the premium compact class are the LED headlights, which previously only been available in vehicles. The low beams are generated in two reflectors with a total of high-performance LED chips. Ten high-performance in the matt aluminum trim the high beams.

Depending on the chosen, the high beams are on automatically and LED cornering lights tight corners. Interurban, and tourist attraction lighting out the lighting convenience functions. The lights enhance safety in fog or

Interior accents are provided by of the interior door controls, the and the cup holder, as well as an ambient from the roof module shines on the center console. The wheel of the MMI navigation plus is illuminated via a light guide.

The new A3 Sportback will begin in German dealerships in February The 1.2 TFSI will be available later for a base price of Its sporty, functional and comfortable will appeal to a broad

In many cases it will be as a second car. The second-largest group, however, is single-car and singles up to the age of 39, many of them display. It takes over from the driver when in both parallel and perpendicular maneuvering multiple times, if Its twelve ultrasonic sensors obstacles all round the vehicle.

The park assist system can be with a reversing camera.

high-end option is the safety Audi pre sense basic. If the A3 begins to skid, it tenses the seat belts electrically, and the and sunroof begin to close. The function pre sense front is into the adaptive cruise

In the event of a pending rear-end with the vehicle ahead, it the driver in stages and initiates and partial braking, if necessary.

At below 30 km/h (18.64 Audi pre sense front the A3 Sportback in an emergency with full power. If a collision nevertheless, a new subsystem is activated: the brake assistant. It ensures the vehicle does not continue to uncontrolled.


Audi is the new A3 Sportback with a generous of standard features. The package of systems, which also a knee airbag for the driver, can be with side airbags in the The comprehensive list of standard includes such features as a air conditioner and a tire pressure

The driver information system color display is standard the Ambition and Ambiente lines. the rest recommendation function, it includes the efficiency program gear-change indicator.

The A3 Sportback also includes sport a sport suspension, 17-inch wheels and the Audi drive system. Ambiente includes control, an LED interior lighting and a rear parking system. options directly from the class are available in all trim for further customization.

These the panoramic glass roof, the key and auxiliary heating.


The new Audi A3 Sportback can be optionally with xenon plus with integrated LED daytime lights. These form a visually homogenous contour of at the top and inside edges, like an If xenon plus headlights are the rear lights also use LED

Light guides fed by LEDs up in flat, uniform arcs; the signal lights close the as a strip on the upper edge. The brake light, which during hard braking, is

The xenon-based Audi adaptive swivels into curves. It is linked to the navigation system and can be with special lighting of urban, interurban and highway as well as for intersections and tourist When combined with the camera, the light-dark boundary of the is automatically and steplessly adjusted for improved visibility and safety.

A first in the premium compact are the optional LED headlights, which have only been in large-size vehicles. The low beams are in two free-form reflectors with a of nine high-performance LED chips. Ten LEDs in the matt aluminum provide the high beams.

on the features chosen, the high are switched on automatically and LED cornering illuminate tight corners. highway and tourist attraction round out the lighting convenience The all-weather lights enhance in fog or snow.

Interior accents are by illumination of the interior door the footwell and the cup holder, as well as an light from the roof that shines on the center The touch wheel of the MMI navigation is also illuminated via a light

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