It will be a while before the new Audi A3 will make it to the United States, but the revamped compact car from Ingolstadt has been available in Europe for quite some time. Sold on the Old Continent both in Sportback and Sedan flavors, the overhauled Mercedes A-Class competitor traveled to southern Germany for a video shoot by Auditography around the Forgensee lake in Bavaria.
We’re dealing with one of the most expensive A3 models available at the moment of writing in Europe since it’s an S Line model with the optional Tango Red paint and 18-inch wheels. What really makes it pricey is the seven-speed S Tronic transmission and especially the engine, a 2.0-liter turbodiesel with 150 horsepower and 360 Newton-meters (266 pound-feet) of torque reserved for the “35 TDI” version.
It’s an A3 Sportback with pretty much all the bells and whistles, varying from matrix LED headlights and dynamic taillights to a full S Line interior and the digital instrument cluster. These goodies add up to an asking price that likely exceeds the €40,000 mark (about $45,600) in Germany, which is a lot of dough for something that doesn’t have the S3 or RS3 badge.
While the asking price is certainly steep, the new A3 is on a whole new level of sophistication over its predecessor. Yes, the fake air vents at the front and rear along with the faux exhaust tips are a bit annoying, but once you get past those, you’ll learn to appreciate the tasteful evolution of the design. That’s especially true on the inside where Audi has gone to great lengths to push the A3 further upmarket in a bid to keep up with the now fancier Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series.
In terms of performance, this Tango Red example doesn’t impress due to its diesel engine. Auditography did put the A3 Sportback through its paces for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 8.12 seconds or roughly three-tenths of a second quicker than the official specs sheet. Of course, the performance-oriented S3 and RS3 coming out later this year will be much quicker and are going to have proper exhaust tips and a better soundtrack.