Audi doesn’t usually make drastic design changes with a car’s shift to the next generation, but the A3 Sportback has an all-new look for 2020. It only seems natural that the man behind the car’s revamped look guides us through the many tweaks the bodywork has gone through. While Immo Redeker uses the word “nice” way more than he should, it’s great to hear the man himself talking about his work.
Naturally, Audi decided to go with a high-end version of its latest compact hatchback by picking an S Line model. As nice as the design is, we’re hoping the hotter S3 will lose some of the fake air vents as they don’t do the car any justice. The fake exhausts will be gone on the hotter versions, which are also bound to get beefier bodies, especially the RS3.
The car featured in the video is a 35 TDI model, so it’s rocking a 2.0-liter diesel engine with 148 horsepower and 251 pound-feet (340 Newton-meters) of torque. Power is channeled to the front wheels exclusively through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
By far the biggest design changes have taken place inside the cabin where the new A3 Sportback doesn’t have anything in common with its predecessor. While we’re not entirely convinced by the appearance of those air vents, we’re glad the infotainment system is no longer a tablet. The MMI is now neatly integrated into the center console as it should be on all cars.
On the bigger and fancier Audis, the climate control settings and related functions have been built into a secondary touchscreen mounted lower on the center console. That’s not the case with the A3 Sportback (and Sedan) as there are still traditional buttons, which we’re sure some will actually prefer over another screen.
With the VW Golf, SEAT Leon, and Skoda Octavia all becoming posher with the generation switch, we’re positive Audi has also pushed its A3 upmarket to justify the premium it commands over its MQB Evo sister models.