2014 Audi A3 Sportback review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 , 03:12:58 byEmil

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Audi A3 Sportback

There is not official information available telling us whether the new Audi A3 Sportback will go on sale in the US or not, but this does not mean we are not allowed to mention it. The model will go on sale in around three month on European markets. Under the hood it hides a 2.0-liter TDI Quattro S-line capable of generating 181 horsepower and 280 lb. ft. of torque. All this output is being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed S-Tronic transmission. Hypothetically speaking, if the model would arrive on the North American market, its price would start at around $34.500 for this trim.

The model tested was equipped with Audi Drive Select as standard. Thanks to the transmission mentioned above, ADS takes care of shift responses as well. To transfer the output to the road, the German engineers have offered optional top-level S-line 18-inch wheels and tires. The new Audi A3 Sportback features a standard dynamic suspension with new rear multi-link axle and it uses the new VW MQB modular architecture. The wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than that of the outgoing model.

Next April we will have the opportunity to see for the first time the forthcoming A3 sedan and ragtop convertible at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The new Audi A3 Sportback weighs between 100 and 165 pounds less than last generation. In the end the 5-door Audi A3 looks a lot more interesting than its 3-door counterpart. In terms of equipment, the specialists have offered the MMI Navigation Plus that will ease the job of the driver a lot. The car also got the full LED lighting front and rear. The cargo area is flexible despite the lack of a flat floor and it measures between 13.4 and 43.1 cubic feet. The power it produces enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds, but for sure it can reach 6.8 seconds just as well. In terms of fuel consumption we have 45 mpg on the US highway. Let us hope Audi decides to bring the model to the US as well. autoblog