SPIED: Next-Gen Audi A3 caught testing brakes

This current-gen Audi A3 is one of the brand’s most popular cars, especially here in the US. So it should excite a lot of customers to know that a new one is almost here. We’ll be seeing a new A3 within the next year, as the next-gen car is scheduled to arrive as a 2020 model. Seen in these new spy videos, the 2020 Audi A3 is caught doing some brake testing at high elevation. (We don’t own the spy photos but you can see them here)

We can tell this is high elevation because these photos were taken recently and there’s snow on the ground. Which would make sense, as downhill brake testing is likely an important part of the test process.

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What’s interesting is that this Audi A3 test mule seems to be wearing some funky wheels. We’re not sure what those wheels are for (maybe testing heat/brake dust?) or maybe they aren’t for anything and are just cheap test wheels. We know this is a brake-test car, though, due to the red sticker on its back that reads “Bremsen Test” and ‘Bremsen’ loosely translates to ‘brake’ in German.


It seems to look good, though, this new Audi A3. It’s lower and sleeker than the current model and seems to be a bit more premium looking. The headlights look sleeker and its new Singleframe grille is lower and wider, giving the face a sportier look. Down the side, there’s also a nice body line in the lower portion of the doors, which makes it look a bit more athletic.

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We’re excited about the next-gen Audi A3. It should look quite good, judging from what we’re seeing here, and it should be sharper, more capable, more premium and more exciting than the current car it will replace. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

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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.