New Audi A3 Cars

The latest A3 offers ‘Audi ultra’ lightweight technology which sees it tip the scales 80kg lighter than its predecessor.

The aluminium front wings and bonnet contribute to a low kerb weight of just 1,175kg for the 1.4 TFSI model. In terms of dimensions, the latest A3 is virtually identical to its predecessor in length and height at 4,237mm and 1,421mm respectively - but it features a longer 2,601mm wheelbase.

It is also slightly wider at 1,777mm.

The single-frame radiator grille that is typical of Audi dominates the look of the front end.

As previously in higher specification models it is flanked by xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps - the latest versions featuring a new ‘clasp-like’ solid band which surrounds more of the lens.

These will also be optional for other models, and wherever they are fitted the tail lights will also be equipped with LEDs.

The profile of the car features the pronounced tornado line – a classic element of Audi design.

The gently sloping C-pillars and the roof that sweeps back into a modest spoiler lend the car a coupe-like look.

At the rear the spoiler edge above the diffuser highlights the width of latest A3, while the inner architecture of the split tail lights is a variation on the headlights’ theme. The tailgate has a three-dimensional look and below it in the diffuser insert are either one or two tailpipes on the left side depending on the engine type. The interior is redesigned with a minimalist ‘floating’ dashboard with its round air vents, climate control panel and instrument cluster.

There’s an optional 3D colour display for the Driver’s Information System, the ultra-thin electrically retractable MMI monitor and the electromechanical parking brake which creates space in the centre console for the optional MMI operating system terminal.