As disappointing as this may sound to fans of big engines, it’s not really a surprise. The previous-generation model was also offered with a three-banger, so the new Audi A3 30 TFSI comes as a natural addition to the Sportback’s lineup. Needless to say, it serves the role as the entry point into the A3 family, packing a turbocharged 1.0-liter gasoline unit.
The tiny-but-mighty engine is good for 110 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 200 Newton-meters (148 pound-feet) of torque from 2,000 rpm. That’s enough three-pot punch for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 10.6 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph (204 km/h). You’re not going to take down any Nürburgring records with the A3 30 TFSI, but the little engine that could is more than adequate for city use.
The entry-level powertrain can also be had in the sedan body style, which oddly enough, has a slightly higher top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h) while acceleration is the same. In both cases, the Audi A3 30 TFSI is available exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox and a front-wheel-drive layout.
How much are you saving by not getting a four-cylinder engine? In domestic market Germany (as pictured above), the Audi A3 Sportback starts off at €26,800, which makes it €2,100 cheaper than the A3 Sportback in the 35 TFSI specification. The latter has a 1.5-liter engine with 150 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) and can be optionally configured with the S Tronic automatic transmission for an extra €2,000.
Enthusiasts are waiting for the hotter derivatives of the new-generation model, namely the S3 Sportback and S3 Sedan likely due to arrive later this year with around 300 horsepower, standard Quattro, and a two-pedal setup. The crown jewel of the range, the five-cylinder RS3, will arrive at a later date with approximately 400 hp and a price to match.