2014 Audi A3

9 06 2012

A sedan based on the next-generation Volkswagen Golf, roughly the size of the 1996–2001 A4. Audi hasn’t decided yet whether it will import the next-generation A3 hatchback to the States.  A two-door convertible version has a shot at making it out of  Europe, as does a 270-hp S3 sedan. The A3 will be the Volkswagen Group’s first model on its new platform, and the A3 sedan is designed with the U.S. market in mind. Audi hopes the tidy, sporty A3 will grow its market share significantly.

The VW Group’s MQB (modular transverse) platform is lighter than the current one it replaces. Designed for front- and all-wheel-drive setups and gasoline, diesel, hybrid, and all-electric powertrains, it will be offered across VW’s brands—from Audi and VW to Škoda and SEAT.

The U.S. market will get a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel with 140 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.0-liter gas engine with roughly 200 horsepower. A gasoline hybrid and a fully electric version are possibilities. Meanwhile, enthusiasts may want to hold out for the S3. Waiting for an RS3 with the Audi TT RS’s 360-hp, 2.5-liter five-cylinder likely will prove fruitless.

  • COMPETITION: BMW 1-series, Infiniti compact, Lexus CT200h, Mercedes-Benz B-class spinoffs.
  • WHAT MIGHT GO WRONG: An A3 sedan may eat into sales of Audi’s popular A4.
  • ESTIMATED ARRIVAL AND PRICE: We get the $30,000 sedan for the 2014 model year, possibly followed by the convertible.



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