This new generation of Audi A3 is likely be best one yet. Its combination of looks, high-tech cabin, and impressive driving dynamics is tough to top in the segment. Especially considering there are two body style options; both sedan and hatchback. Now, though, there might be a new body style on offer, one that would be more practical and utilitarian than the rest — the Audi A3 Allroad, which may have just been spotted doing some testing. (We don’t own the spy photos but you can see them here)
In these new photos, you can clearly see what looks like an Audi A3 Sportback but one that’s been given Audi’s typical Allroad treatment. For starters, its ride height is lifted, giving it a bit more ground clearance than the standard A3 Sportback. It’s not a ton of extra clearance but it’s enough to make it a bit more practical.
Another reason why this looks like it could be an Allroad model is the fact that it’s wearing camouflage right where Allroad bits would go. The fenders, side skirts, and bumpers are all covered in camo, which are the sorts of bits that would change for Allroad-duty.
There also shouldn’t be any Audi A3 facelift test mules running around, as the new A3 just debuted and while Audi is working on a facelift already (or it’s very close to), it shouldn’t be that far along that Audi is testing it on the road.
If Audi does make an A3 Allroad, it would be the smallest, least expensive Allroad yet. I used to mock Allroads, and their supposed cynical nature; getting customers to buy with the false hope of living an active lifestyle. However, after driving the Audi A6 Allroad, I had a change of heart. As an overall package, Audi’s Alroad models work surprisingly well and Audi could transfer those talents to the new Audi A3 Allroad.