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SPIED: Audi A3 Allroad Seen Testing Again in Snow

This new Audi A3 Sportback is a surprisingly good car. Not that A3s typically aren’t any good but this new one is better than usual, actually offering up a decent driving dynamics to go with it comfortable cabin, impressive tech, and spacious practicality. Now, though, it’s going to get an even more practical model, in the form of the upcoming Audi A3 Allroad, seen in these new spy photos. (We don’t own the photos but they can be seen here)

 

Admittedly, I don’t know if this will be called the Audi A3 Allroad or A3 Citycarver, as the A1 Citycarver was actually an interesting little car. Either way, the actual car will be basically the same. It’s going to be an Audi A3 Sportback on the world’s smallest stilts. As you can see in these photos, the ride height is ever-so-slightly raised, which will make it just a bit more capable in snow and and on dirt. Though, don’t expect it to be a proper off-roader.

 

What’s the point of that slightly taller ride height? Honestly, just a bit more peace of mind. I thought Allroads were useless until I spent a week with the A6 Allroad and its ability to handle steep driveways, dirt roads, and severely deep potholes without scraping actually made it very nice to live with. Put that same peace of mind in the smaller A3 and you could end up with a lovely little hatchback, even if it looks a bit too try-hard.

Audi A1 Citycarver — Imagine This but an Audi A3

 

Speaking of looks, you can’t really see the differences between the test mule in these spy photos and the normal A3, as it’s covered in camo, but the differences won’t be difficult to guess. It’s going to have some fake plastic body cladding on the wheel arches and potentially the same on the side skirts. There might also be a bit of plastic on the lower lips of both bumpers, to protect the body from scraping. That’s likely to be it, though.

 

As useless as such a model may seem, an Audi A3 Allroad (or Citycarver) could make for a great city car for urban commuters. The taller ride height provides a slightly more expansive view outward, allowing curbs to be seen easier, and the longer suspension travel makes potholes less of an issue. All while still maintaining the A3’s small footprint, which is easy to park and navigate traffic with. So the Audi A3 Allroad might not seem like an important car but it could be for a lot of customers.

 

[Source: Motor1]

 

 

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.