One of the biggest criticisms of Audi’s design language throughout the years has been its lack of significant evolution. Whenever a new Audi debuts, it seems as if it looks too similar to the car it replaces. However, we think this new Audi A3 Sportback is a big enough step forward, with a design that’s sportier, more exciting and more interesting than before.
In this new photos gallery, you can see that more clearly. Audi has just released some new photos, showing off the A3 Sportback in a few different colors and even the interior in more detail that we’ve seen it before. So you can get a much better idea of just how much it’s changed over the previous-generation.
The biggest difference on the exterior of the new Audi A3 Sportback is in its flank. At either side of the new A3, the body is far more heavily sculpted than before, featuring concave shapes at the center of its flank but bulging, convex fenders and shoulder line. So it looks leaner, tighter and more muscular than before. That gives it a sportier, more athletic look and feel, which is a massive step up over its slab-sided predecessor.
Its new heavily creased hood and three hood vents give it a sportier look as well, nodding to Audi’s rally-racing heritage. While some enthusiasts scoff at such a throwback, others will appreciate it. Out back, it gets sleeker taillights with slick LED elements inside. Sadly, its rear vents and exhausts are all fake black plastic. It seems as if the entire industry is following that same trend, so it’s hard to just blame Audi, but it’s disappointing nevertheless.
Overall, though, the new Audi A3 Sportback is a great looking hatchback. In fact, it might be the best looking hatchback on sale right now. So check out this new photo gallery to get a better look at the brand’s latest premium hatch in stunning detail and new colors. I’m especially partial to Tango Red.