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Audi A3
Audi A3 is a Sedan with the last recorded price of ₹ 29.21 - 32.22 Lakh. It is available in 4 variants, 1 engine option. Other key specifications of the A3 include a Bootspace of 425 litres. The A3 is available in 5 colours. The mileage of A3 is 20.37 kmpl.

CarWale's Take

  • Good Things

    • Brilliant ride quality.
    • Punchy and efficient diesel motor.
    • Handles better than rivals.
  • Could be Better

    • Average rear-seat space.
    • Diminutive road presence.
    • Cabin design isn't as attractive as the CLA.

A3 Verdict

There is no questioning the Audi A3's list of abilities. It is well made, rides brilliantly and handles better than similarly priced cars. What’s more, the 2-litre diesel motor is both punchy and frugal as ever and makes the A3 a more formidable package than its arch-rival, the Mercedes CLA.

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A3 Review

Premium compact sedans were unheard of when Audi India brought along the A3 in mid-2014. Sharing market space with a few luxury hatchbacks at the time, the A3 ticked most of the right boxes for first-time premium car buyers and came with a good mix of luxury and performance. Fast-forward three years and this segment has expanded somewhat, allowing Audi India to burst on to the scene again with the updated 2017 A3.

What is it?

Premium compact sedans were unheard of when Audi India brought along the A3 in mid-2014. Sharing market space with a few luxury hatchbacks at the time, the A3 ticked most of the right boxes for first-time premium car buyers and came with a good mix of luxury and performance. Fast-forward three years and this segment has expanded somewhat, allowing Audi India to burst on to the scene again with the updated 2017 A3. 

We have already driven the A3 35 TFSI with the downsized 1.4-litre petrol motor (click here for our first impressions) and now it’s time to test out the 35 TDI variant featuring VW’s familiar 2-litre diesel engine. 

As is the case with its petrol-powered sibling, the minor design tweaks have brought the new A3 35 TDI in line with Audi’s latest sedan line-up. The single frame grille and the revised headlights for instance have been inspired from the new A4. The taillights, too, benefit from sharper detailing and Audi’s dynamic turn indicators. All in all, despite the lack of drastic design updates the A3 still looks the part. Whereas the Mercedes CLA is all about the curves and the flares, the A3 remains handsome but demure. 

How is it on the inside?

Inside, there’s no doubting the new A3 is among the better examples in the sub Rs 35-40 lakh price bracket. The interior remains thoroughly premium, with lovely black textures, lush leather and good quality materials. The design and layout is a little dull though when compared to the CLA which has a rather lively looking dual-tone cabin.

Upfront, the seats are superbly accommodating while the headroom and legroom is great, too. Space at the rear, however, is just about average for the class. An averaged size adult will find enough space with a bench that is well layered and has good contours. The only other grumble with the rear seating are the relatively small windows which may lessen the sense of airiness for some. Speaking of which, the A3 still fares better than the Mercedes CLA which has huge front seats and even smaller rear windows, making the rear half of the cabin quite confined. 

Both petrol and diesel variants come with the same set of equipment. In this top-spec variant, passenger entertainment comes in the form of a nice sounding audio system and a 7-inch retractable screen for the MMI infotainment system. You also get climate control, powered front seats, front and rear parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof. Interestingly, the 2017 A3 also comes with a wireless charging box for your smartphone. 

How does it drive?

The A3 35 TDI is powered by one of the most popular diesel engines around – a 2-litre, four-cylinder TDI unit that makes 141bhp and 320Nm of torque. It’s a sweet little engine that loves a good rev. Maximum power comes in at 3,500rpm while all that torque kicks in at 1,750rpm so there’s a good real world balance between the two, allowing the A3 to get up to speed effortlessly and keep it there. It may be a little noisy when worked hard but it never feels vibey or harsh. Like in the older car, there is more than sufficient pulling power, all of which is efficiently transferred to the road via a 6-speed dual clutch automatic. Like its petrol-powered counterpart, gearshifts are rapid and smooth on the go but the overall response is a little jerky at crawling speeds. Click here to know how the new 1.4-litre petrol motor performs in the A3 35 TFSI. 

It’s almost surprising how well the old A3 dealt with bad roads and yet offered great feedback and control over twisty roads. Fortunately, the 2017 model feels just as good. The body control, in fact, is generally taut and it remains a polished partner in crime when you want to drive spiritedly. Better still, it’s suspension does a great job of dealing with poor-quality roads, with the A3 never feeling crashy over sharper bumps and ruts. Even sharp-edged road joints fail to disrupt the car’s poise overall.

Should I buy one?

Average rear seat space and diminutive road presence limit the A3 from becoming the ultimate entry-level premium car. However, there is no questioning its list of abilities – it’s well made, rides brilliantly and handles better than similarly priced cars. What’s more, the 2-litre diesel motor is both punchy and frugal as ever and makes the A3 a more formidable package than its arch rival from Mercedes. 

Where does it fit in?

Until the much-awaited Q2 crossover comes along, the A3 stands as the most affordable offering from Audi India’s stable. The brand is due to launch the 2017 model which, in all probability, will carry a premium of around Rs 1-1.2 lakh over the outgoing A3 range. At that price, it will compete with the recently updated Mercedes CLA which is currently on sale as Mercedes India’s most affordable sedan offering. 


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Audi India To Introduce New Entry-Level Models

Audi India has just launched its first-ever electric vehicle in our market- the Audi e-tron electric SUV, and now is gearing up to launch new entry-level cars in India. The German brand has reaffirmed introducing more models in our market both at top-end and entry-level, despite prices going up in the last couple of years which impacted the entry-level luxury segment to quite an extent. According to analysts, the segment has witnessed around 40 per cent price hike in the last three years and that takes toll on volumes to an extent.

Also Read: Audi e-tron Electric SUV Launched In India


Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head- Audi India.

Speaking with Siddharth Vinayak Pataknar, Editor-In-Chief - carandbike on the latest Freewheeling with SVP webisode, Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head- Audi India said, "I can only tell you that we'll be there at the entry-level and we'll also be there at the top-end. We'll have SUV, we'll have sedans, we'll have ICE engines and we'll have electric cars. So we are going to fill up all the space where at this point of time we don't have the cars. But you have to also keep in mind that last few years have seen the cost of manufacturing also going up. So segment at the bottom end of the pyramid is extremely competitive. Selling cars in that segment comes with a lot of difficulty and pain. So the cars prices have also gone and the so the commodity prices and shipment cost. And this impacts the luxury segment much more than the volume segment. So all these things do play a role and you can't expect cars to be at the same price point they were a couple of years back. But we'll definitely bring in new cars which are there at the entry-level."

Also Read: Mercedes-Benz Welcomes All-Electric Audi e-tron To India


The Euro-Spec Audi A3 will come with a 1.5-litre TFSI and 2.0-litre TDI engines


The German carmaker may be looking at launching the new Audi A3 sedan in our market at the entry-level, however, it has not given any final word yet. It's German counterparts, Mercedes-Benz India and BMW have already come up with their respective entry-level models- the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, while Audi still has a white space in that segment. In fact, the Audi A3 range went on sale globally in April last year and it's arrival in India is still a while away.

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Audi A3

Key Specs of Audi A3

Mileage (upto)20.38 kmpl
Engine (upto)1968 cc
Boot Space425-litres

Specs and Features

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35 TFSI Premium Plus1395 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 19.2 kmplEXPIREDRs.29.20 Lakh*
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Audi A3 Review

The Audi A3 is the German carmaker’s most affordable sedan. While it was available only as a hatchback in its previous two generations, the current global range includes a hatchback, sportback, cabriolet and of course, the sedan.

For many people, the A3 is a car that could be their very first purchase from a luxury car brand like Audi. Apart from directly rivaling the Mercedes-Benz CLA, its pricing puts in the same league as executive sedans like the Skoda Superb and Toyota Camry. Can it meet your needs?

The Audi A3’s facelift adds some substantial new updates, the biggest of which, is the new petrol engine. Not only is it good to drive, it’s efficient too. With buyers deviating from diesel engines, this motor is exactly what could tip the scales in favour of the Audi A3. However, while the new design is more handsome and benefits from Audi’s lighting systems, it’s still understated and not as attention-grabbing as the CLA’s exterior. This could be a disadvantage since the young buyers the A3 is targeted at generally like flamboyant designs. Buyer preference notwithstanding, the new Audi A3 makes a very strong case to consider.

Features like the sunroof and 7 airbags now come as standard, the petrol variant is now available in the fully-loaded Technology variant as well, and while the top-end diesel costs a meagre Rs 15,000 more, the Premium Plus diesel is cheaper by a healthy Rs 60,000! With prices starting at Rs 30.50 lakh and going up to Rs 35.80 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the A3 facelift is an even better deal than before.

The new A3 retains its compact size (length = 4,456mm i.e. shorter than even the Maruti Ciaz) and classy design, but with a few minor changes, looks fresher. It’d take a keen eye to point out the differences, but put the old car and facelift side-by-side and you will find that the latter looks more futuristic.

The chrome outlined front grille is now hexagonal and gets a sharper set of headlamps on either side. Additionally, like the recently updated CLA, the A3 can be had with full-LED headlights, while bi-xenon headlamps will be offered as standard. The front bumper is more chiseled too and sports a slimmer set of air vents.

The side profile appears no different, but look closely and you notice that the 16-inch wheels feature a slightly different and sportier design. Additionally, the engine badging on the front fender has been skipped. Over to the rear, the tail lights have the same shape, but the internal detailing is new and you get, what Audi likes to call, a three-dimensional effect. What’s more is that the A3’s rear lights get dynamic indicators, which look quite cool in action.

Exterior Comparison

Mercedes-Benz CLA
Length (mm)4630mm
Width (mm)1777 mm
Height (mm)1432mm
Ground Clearance (mm)160mm
Wheel Base (mm)2699mm
Kerb Weight (kg)1570kg

Boot Space Comparison

Audi A3
Mercedes-Benz CLA

On the inside, the cabin is largely the same. What you do get, though, is a new three-spoke steering wheel that feels great to grip and looks like the same unit you get in the Audi R8! It is adjustable for both rake and reach, and finding a good driving position is easy.

The instrument cluster still has the classic analogue dials with Multi Information Display in the middle layout. You don’t get the A4’s virtual cockpit, but the setup is very easy to read and displays a good amount of information, including turn-by-turn directions of the navigation system on the multi-information display.

The overall quality is impeccable, though the CLA’s trim quality has a slight upper hand and the Mercedes offers a better rear camera, too. However, the A3 gets features like dual-zone climate control, rear AC vents and front/rear parking sensors, all of which, the CLA misses out on. Other features available include a panoramic sunroof, Milano leather upholstery and the Audi Phone Box i.e. an inductive charger for your cellphone.

Additionally, the A3 offers decent cabin space for a compact luxury car. No, two six-footers cannot sit one behind the other and seating three at the rear is too much of a squeeze, but four average-heighted adults can be accommodated.

Also, not only is the overall headroom better than its rival, the CLA’s; unlike the Mercedes, the spare wheel (space-saver) sits under the boot floor. This makes the 425-litre boot genuinely usable and the loading-mouth is wider too.

The biggest change in the Audi A3 facelift is its new petrol engine. The motor is shared with the new Audi A4 and is a smaller, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit (earlier 1.8-litre). The smaller displacement has resulted in a loss of power as it makes 150PS of power (a drop of 30PS), but the peak torque remains the same at 250Nm.

On the downside, the A3 petrol now completes the 0-100kmph sprint in 8.2 seconds (earlier 7.3 seconds), which is slower, but not by much. On the plus-side, the claimed fuel efficiency figure goes up from 16.60kmpl to a whopping 19.20kmpl!

What’s really amazing is how refined this engine is, especially when compared to the CLA 200. Start-up the car, and you really have to focus to hear the engine actually running. The motor is butter-smooth, and only gets vocal when you rev it hard.

The ‘35 TFSI’ powerplant is perfect for city driving, as it is very sensitive to throttle inputs, while the 7-speed DSG transmission offers eerily smooth gear changes when you go easy on the accelerator. Even when you slam the pedal, the transmission is lightning-quick, yet, never jerky. The only thing missing are paddle-shifters, which is really quite unfortunate, since the powertrain is quite engaging to use.

It does feel strained around 5,000rpm and above, but offers good punch for quick overtakes. Additionally, with the 7-speed transmission, it works nicely as a highway cruiser too. At 100kmph, the engine is hovering just under 2,000rpm, which will result in a longer travel range from the 50-litre fuel tank. This engine also features cylinder-deactivation, so whenever possible, the car runs on two cylinders out of four to improve efficiency, and runs on all four when the performance is required.

Performance Comparison (Petrol)

Mercedes-Benz CLA
Power[email protected]
Torque (Nm)[email protected]
Engine Displacement (cc)1991 cc
Top Speed (kmph)235 Kmph
0-100 Acceleration (sec)7.8 Seconds
Kerb Weight (kg)1510kg
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)15.04kmpl
Power Weight Ratio121.1bhp/ton


The 2.0-litre diesel engine has been carried over as is, and produces 143PS of power and 320Nm of torque. While the petrol is super-silent, the diesel is audible. There is a small amount of vibration that can be felt while idling, but things smoothen out on the move.

You need to merely nudge the accelerator pedal in the diesel to get going. While the engine is quite free-revving, there’s no need to push it beyond 3,500rpm because that’s where the engine starts to feel strained. Thanks to the oodles of low-end torque available from just 1,750rpm, the diesel is a great cruiser, while the six-speed automatic transmission offers smooth and quick gear changes.

At 100kmph, the diesel too sits at just under 2,000rpm in 6th gear. With a claimed fuel economy of 20.38kmpl, the diesel A3 is only marginally more efficient than the petrol, but that’s still quite frugal.

Performance Comparison (Diesel)

Audi A3Mercedes-Benz CLA
Power[email protected][email protected]
Torque (Nm)[email protected][email protected]
Engine Displacement (cc)1968 cc2143 cc
Top Speed (kmph)215 kmph220 Kmph
0-100 Acceleration (sec)8.6 Seconds9.8 Seconds
Kerb Weight (kg)1490Kg1570kg
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)20.38kmpl17.9kmpl
Power Weight Ratio-86.62bhp/ton

Ride and Handling

The A3’s ride quality is comfortable and suspension is quite silent too. Over smooth or undulating roads, the car feels planted and small bumps or potholes are brushed off with ease. It can even go through broken patches at decent speeds and neither the front nor the rear passengers will have any complaints.

The handling, however, is a mixed bag. While the suspension and chassis have been well-tuned and make the A3 quite stable, the steering is devoid of feedback and leaves you guessing. The A3 is not a car for chauffeur-driven owners, so the steering could have been more communicative and direct. However, at city speeds, it is one-finger-light and zipping through even narrow and crowded markets is a breeze.

Luxury Factor

The A3 comes with the option of a sporty all-black interior or a black-beige dual tone that makes the cabin feel a little airier. The fit and finish quality is top-notch and feels just as good as it is in more expensive Audis like the A4.  The seats are draped in Milano leather upholstery and are very supportive, even for people with large builds.

The number of buttons on the centre console is limited and the few switches used are of a premium quality. While there aren’t any soft touch plastics, the trim feels premium and everything is laid out in an easy to use manner.


The Multi-Media Interface (MMI) system has been updated and now features a better display. It isn’t a touchscreen, so you use the dial behind the gear-lever to shuffle between its functions. These functions include navigation, telephony, car settings and the entertainment system, among others. Features like the phonebook and navigation can be operated by voice commands too.

So if you’re looking for a petrol pump, you can hit the button and say, “I need fuel”, and the MMI display shows you the closest options. It’s quite intuitive and understands Indian accents easily. A nice touch is the fact that the display retracts into the dashboard, so if you just want to keep your eyes on the road, the screen can be hidden away with the touch of a button.

The A3 comes with a 180W music system, and the sound quality is clear and crisp.

As you’d expect, the A3 comes with a big list of safety features, including 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, anti-skid regulation, traction control, electronic stability control and an electronic limited-slip differential.


Pros & Cons of Audi A3

CarDekho Experts
CarDekho Experts:

Audi has added some substantial updates to the A3, the biggest one of which, is the new petrol engine.

Things We Like

  • Premium interior with great fit and finish quality.
  • Long list of features – LED headlights and tail lights, dynamic turn indicators, Audi Multi-Media Interface, panoramic sunroof etc.
  • Both engines are fuel-efficient and offer adequate performance.
  • Classy, understated design and rock solid build quality.

Things We Don't Like

  • Cabin space, while better than its rival, the Mercedes CLA’s, is quite limited for the price.
  • No paddle-shifters offered.
  • Dummy buttons on centre console and passenger doors look ungainly.

Stand Out Features

  • Pros & Cons of Audi A3

    LED headlights and dynamic rear turn indicators.

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    Flip-down rear seat.

  • Pros & Cons of Audi A3

    Retractable Audi Multi-Media Interface with voice commands.

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A3 Latest Update

Audi A3 Variants & Price: The Audi A3 is available in two variants: Premium Plus and Technology, priced from Rs 28.99 lakh to 31.99 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India).

Audi A3 Engines: The A3 comes with a 1.4-litre TFSI turbocharged petrol engine that makes 150PS of power and 250Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and returns a certified fuel efficiency of 19.2kmpl. The diesel version gets a 2.0-litre unit that generates 143PS and 320Nm. It is coupled to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission and has a claimed fuel economy figure of 20.38kmpl.

Audi A3 Features:  The A3 gets seven airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, LED headlamps, panoramic sunroof, two zone climate control with rear AC vents and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Audi A3 Rivals: The Mercedes-Benz CLA is the only rival the A3 has in the Indian market.

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What is the Audi A3 oil chamber price?

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Is Audi A3 BS4 or BS6?

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Audi A3 is still runs on BS4 compliant engine.

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Does Audi A3 has pedal shifts?

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Audi A3 is not equipped with Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles.

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Can I travel 2400 km in Audi A3?

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Audi A3 Facelift - First Drive Review - ZigWheels

1st June, 2019

Audi India celebrates five years of the Audi A3 Sedan in India

The popular model now starts at INR 28,99,000 onwards as special price to celebrate the occasion

• The 2014 World Car of the Year was launched in India in 2014
• India’s first compact luxury sedan has attracted scores of Audi fans to join the Audi family
• Audi A3 Sedan also sports an S-Line exterior package

Mumbai, June 1, 2019: Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer celebrated the completion of five years of the Audi A3 Sedan driving into India, with the announcement of a special price for the Audi enthusiasts in the country. The Audi A3 Sedan is now available in India at a starting price of INR 28,99,000.

The successful model at this attractive price is equipped with efficient engines as well as brilliantly designed LED headlights and taillights. The Audi A3 sedan is available in two engine options - the 2.0 litre four-cylinder TDI engine (35 TDI) which produces maximum power of 143hp and the 1.4 litre TFSI engine (35 TFSI), which produces maximum power of 150hp. The Audi A3 35 TFSI also comes with an intelligent engine and has Cylinder on Demand (COD) efficiency technology. The Audi A3 sedan has a remarkable fuel efficiency of 19.2 kmpl (A3 35 TFSI) and 20.38 kmpl (A3 35 TDI) as per ARAI certification.

The Audi A3 sedan features Panoramic Sunroof, Audi Phone box with wireless charging, 2 Zone AC with rear vents and Entry LED lights with Audi logo. The S line package is now available in the Audi A3 sedan and boasts of S line front and rear bumpers and side skirts, S line radiator grille, S line rear diffuser, tailpipes in chrome, illuminated door sill trims with S logo and S line badge on the front fenders.

The Audi A3 sedan since its launch in India in 2014 has highlighted Audi’s expertise in design, technology and driving dynamics in a compact form. These were reflected till then in the brand’s full-size-luxury vehicles. The Audi A3 quickly attracted the young and stylish to the Audi family and since then has become one of the most successful car in its segment.


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All-New Audi A3, Q3 India Launch In 2022 – Report





The German marque, Audi had announced to strengthen its Indian product portfolio with 6 new models in 2021. The carmaker has already introduced the updated A4 and new S5 Sportback in the country. The launch of the Audi e-tron, new-generation A3 and Q3 SUV, however, has been postponed.

According to a latest media report, the second-generation Audi A3 sedan and Q3 SUV will hit Indian roads sometime next year. Both models will underpin Volkswagen’s MQB platform. While the 2022 Audi A3 will be positioned against the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine, the 2022 Audi Q3 will face challenge from the BMWX1.

2022 Audi A3 India Launch

2022 Audi A3

Audi’s entry-level sedan will be added to the brand’s Indian portfolio with comprehensive cosmetic and feature upgrades. The second-generation A3 sedan will house a 1.5-litre (35 TFSI) petrol engine under the hood. The motor pushes out a peak power of 150bhp and 250Nm of torque. Transmission duties are taken care of by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Read – Key Features of Audi e-tron SUV

Previewed in early 2020, the all-new Audi A3 carries the brand’s signature new-age design language along with sharp styling elements. Though, the dimensions remain unchanged. Significant changes are visible inside the cabin as well. It’s claimed to provide better cabin space and comfort for front-seat occupants.

2022 Audi A3 Specs

2022 Audi Q3

As mentioned above, the 2022 Audi Q3 sits on a modified version of the MQB platform. Compared to the outgoing model, the new one looks bigger. Its design and styling seems inspired by Audi’s high-end SUVs. Globally, the new Q3 is offered with multiple petrol and diesel engine options including a 150hp, 1.5-litre (35 TFSI), a 190hp, 2.0-litre (40 TFSI), a 230hp, 2.0-litre (45 TFSI), 150bhp and 190bhp and a 2.0L diesel. The carmaker has already dropped diesel powertrains from its lineup in the country. The 2022 Audi Q3 is likely to come with the lower-powered petrol engines.

2022 Audi Q3 Specs


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Asymmetric dash, high-set driver-side vents and multiple screens lend A3 cabin a youthful look.

The second generation of Audi’s junior sedan drives in with edgier styling and new tech. India-bound in 2021 as a petrol-only model.

The last-gen Audi A3 was the first of the ‘compact luxury sedans’ in India. Along with the Mercedes-Benz CLA that followed only a few months later, it established that there was big appeal in going small. A relatively low price might have been the hook but what also worked was that there was nothing entry-level about the way the A3 looked, felt or drove. This second-gen A3 builds on the successful formula.

What will the new India-bound A3 look like?

First, the way it looks. The all-new A3 stays true to the Audi sedan design template, with slick proportions and a clean-cut shape. There is a gentler flow to the roofline at the back but this remains a classic three-box sedan. If not the shape, the styling sure gives this car away as the latest A3 sedan. Of course, Audi’s huge single-frame grille is the focal point at the front and adding an extra tinge of sportiness here is its honeycomb mesh. Sharply cut headlights flank that vast grille, and, interestingly, different versions of the A3 will sport different patterns for the LED DRLs. A sculpted bonnet and well defined flanks add volume to the A3, and there are some cool details at the back as well. The tiny spoiler atop the boot lid can be optioned in carbon-fibre, while the taillights get a unique LED signature – vertical stripes outside and a horizontal pattern inside.

That’s not the key but the shift lever!

What will the new India-bound A3 be like on the inside?

The A3 is interestingly done on the inside as well. The highset vents on either side of the instrument binnacle and the angled centre console give the A3’s cabin a youthful look, very different to what we’ve seen in the larger Audis.

As you’d expect, the A3 cabin is big on tech. There’s a 10.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, a standard-fit 10.25-inch screen for the Virtual Cockpit digital dials and, in a first on the A3, a head-up display has been included too. But some changes might just be a step too far. For instance, there’s a touchpad for volume control that comes in place of a traditional physical dial. And while the A3 automatic gets shift-by-wire tech, the pen drive-sized gear selector appears a bit fiddly. Climate control is via handy physical buttons. The new A3 is almost identical to the outgoing model in size but Audi says there’s a smidgen more headroom and elbow room on offer up front.

New A3 gets touchpad for volume control.

What engines will the new India-bound A3 come with?

Markets abroad will get the A3 with the option of a 150hp, 2.0litre diesel; but given Audi India’s larger move away from diesels, that engine will likely be given a miss for India. The India-spec A3 will get a 150hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that drives the front wheels. Efficiency-enhancing cylinder deactivation tech is included and versions with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission also feature 48V mild-hybrid tech; the system assists the engine under hard acceleration and can also allow coasting with the engine off in certain scenarios. Hotter S3 and RS3 versions with Quattro all-wheel drive are also on the cards.

With Audi India having sold out all stock of the outgoing model, there’s presently no A3 on sale in India at the moment. Sadly, the wait for this all-new model will be a long one. Audi has its hands full with multiple launches over the year, including refreshed versions of the A4, Q5 and Q7, and the new Q3, meaning the A3 sedan will only go on sale in India by late 2021. Expect the Audi A3 sedan to be priced in the region of Rs 35 lakh, in line with the Mercedes-Benz A-class Limousine and BMW’s 2 Series Gran Coupe, which are both waiting in the wings. The compact luxury sedan segment has been quiet for a long time. Now things are set to get a whole lot more interesting.

What will the new India-bound A3 be up against?

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe


Its relatively small size and frontwheel-drive layout differentiate it from other BMW sedans, while the sloping roof and pillarless windows should give it distinction among its German rivals. It’s new-age BMW inside so there’s much to like and space is reasonable too. India will get the 2 Series Gran Coupe with the option of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Mercedes-Benz A-class Limousine


The second-gen CLA will be given a miss for India and instead we’ll get the slightly more practical but equally striking new A-class Limousine. There’s the promise of more space than the old CLA and like the latest of Mercs, a high-tech interior will be a big draw. Aside from the standard petrol and diesel versions, there’ll also be the 306hp, A35 AMG.

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