Audi A3 Third generation
|Assembly||Ingolstadt, Germany Foshan, China (starting 2013)|
|Body style||3-door hatchback 5-door hatchback|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group MQB|
|Engine||1.4 L I4 t/c petrol 1.8 L I4 t/c petrol 1.6 L I4 t/c diesel 2.0 L I4 t/c diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed manual 6-speed DSG (S-Tronic) 7-speed DSG (S-Tronic)|
|Wheelbase||2,601 mm (102.4 in)|
|Length||4,237 mm (166.8 in)|
|Width||1,777 mm (70.0 in)|
|Height||1,421 mm (55.9 in)|
|Related||Volkswagen Golf Mk7 SEAT León Mk3 Škoda Octavia Mk3|
|Designer(s)||Dany Garand (2009)|
The third generation A3 was launched in three-door hatchback form at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and went on sale in Europe in September 2012.
Based on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform, the third generation will later become available as a five-door "Sportback" and convertible. For the interim, the convertible and five-door bodystyles will continue on the previous Typ 8P chassis until 2013. It is at this time when for the first time, an A3 four-door sedan version will be offered—thus effectively filling in the gap left by the A4 which has become larger with each generation.
Front suspension is by MacPherson strut and there is multi-link rear suspension
At launch, there were two petrol engine options (a 1.4 TFSI with 120 bhp and a 1.8 TSI with 178 bhp) and a 2.0 TDI diesel with 150 bhp. A 1.6 TDI engine with CO2 emissions of 99g/km and a 1.2 TFSI petrol engine are also expected later in 2012.
New features included in the new A3 include a new entertainment system with handwriting recognition and adaptive cruise control.
On January 9, 2013, the new A3 was awarded What Car?: Car of the Year 2013 in the United Kingdom.
What Car? also awarded it Small Family Car of the Year 2013.
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 Hatchback.
EuroNCAP tested a third generation Audi A3, 3-door hatchback with front airbags, side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters as standard and scored it accordingly:
|Euro NCAP test results|
|Optional Equipment included on some trim levels|