The A3 has been Audi's most affordable model in India. It has
contributed a lot to the German manufacturer's sales volumes here in India. A
few months back the A3 facelift was introduced, it features some aesthetic
changes and a more efficient 1.4L petrol engine. The new Audi A3 is a little
more functional, sporty and lavish but continues to remain the workhorse it was
originally intended to be.
1395cc, 4 Cylinder, Turbocharged Petrol
7-Speed S Tronic Dual Clutch Transmission
McPherson Strut with lower wishbones
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Audi's entire lineup resonates a very sophisticated and neat design
language. The A3 is no exception to that, it features clean straight lines and
gets a bold stance. The list of changes includes a larger hexagonal front
grille which makes the fascia look bolder than before. Audi has also redone the
headlamps and LED DRLs. On offer are projector lamps with an almost surround
like LED DRL setup. This, however, is not standard fitment. Adding more flair
to the front is a revised bumper with larger air intakes along with subtle hints
of chrome. The front looks chiseled and neat with a muscular hood adding to
this sedan's bold character. The side features new smart looking 16-inch 5-spoke
alloys and a bold shoulder line. Audi has also introduced redesigned tail lamps
in the rear along with a new LED pattern. The rear also gets a refreshed bumper
and dual tip exhausts. The changes which have been made on this facelift do
give the sedan a smart and sporty look while keeping it very functional and
Inside the cabin of the new A3 one can find a stark similarity with
the design language of the exterior. The cabin is sleek and refined, which only
goes to compliment this sedan's design scheme. The dash maintains a similar
layout and does not see much change. The multi function steering wheel has been
updated and definitely looks more contemporary. Audi has bolted on a suave
looking three spoke steering wheel which goes well with interior design. Also
on offer is the Audi Phone Box for wireless charging of select devices.
Features such as dual zone automatic climate control, retractable MMI display,
bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity and a lot more have been added for the
convenience of passengers. What Audi could have included is push button start
stop and more contemporary features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
which are at present being widely offered even in mass market cars.
We got our hands on the 1.4L, 4 cylinder, TFSI turbocharged petrol
variant of the A3. Like the A4, Audi has done away with the 1.8L engine and
introduced the more efficient 1.4L variant. Capable of unleashing 150 horses
this engine is more than able and quite quick through the paces. The new engine
also comes with Audi's Cylinder on Demand (COD) technology which ensures a fuel
efficient drive. The company has claimed a fuel efficiency figure of 19.2kms to
a liter which is quite impressive. The COD tech ensures all four cylinders are
running when power is needed, in situations like coasting, idling or even at
lower speeds two of the four cylinders shut down.
The engine has been mated to a 7-speed S Tronic Dual Clutch
Transmission. The gear operations are smooth giving the driver a seamless and
powerful experience. The ride is comfy and jolt free with the suspension
soaking in most of the undulations and bumps rather well. The overall
engineering standard is top notch and leaves very little room to complain. The
performance of the A3 is admirable but will not leave you breathless.
The Audi A3 is essentially a workhorse which was made to delight
customers looking to upgrade to a more premium brand. It has all the
underpinnings of the Audi brand and offers a more refined experience. Some
subtle changes and some bold ones do ensure this new A3 is a tad bit more
functional and sporty. For the asking price of Rs. 30.5 lakh (ex-showroom
Delhi), one cannot possibly find a better deal.
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