It truly is a shame that we don’t get the Audi A3 Sportback in North America. Its combination of luxury, sportiness and practicality make it an excellent daily driver. However, we do get a taste of that, with the Audi A3 Sedan here in the ‘States and the four-ringed brand has just unveiled the newest one.
A few weeks back, Audi digitally unveiled the five-door A3 Sportback but now it’s the turn of the Sedan, which is big news for us American enthusiasts. Because Americans almost refuse to buy hatchbacks, the Germans make special sedan versions for us, which is sweet of them. Typically, though, the sedan versions look worse and are less practical. In the case of the new A3, only the latter is true.
From the looks of it, the new Audi A3 Sedan is a handsome car. In fact, it really doesn’t lose anything to its hatchback sibling, in terms of looks. Personally I’d still prefer the hatchback, for its extra practicality, but the new A3 Sedan is a great looking little car. It’s every bit as chiseled and muscular as its five-door counterpart and looks even sportier and more premium than its more expensive cousin, the Audi A4.
Thankfully, Audi has kept the boxy, swollen wheel arches of the Sportback present on the Sedan, which gives the middle of its flanks a concave look. That visually tightens the sheetmetal, like an athlete shredding fat to expose more muscle.
Its creased hood, angular headlights and aggressive (fake) front air intakes give it a menacing look from the front. Out back, its built-in rear decklid spoiler and sharp taillights make it seem modern and sporty. Though, it’s not enough to make up for the fake exhausts, which continue to frustrate every enthusiast we’ve ever encountered. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Audi (and Mercedes-Benz) continue to use fake exhausts. Maddening.
On the inside, the Audi A3 Sedan is every bit as lovely as its Sportback sibling. Its cabin design is sharp, it’s packed with tech and it looks more premium than its price point would suggest. We haven’t yet sat inside the A3, as it’s only been available to European journalists so far, but we’re expecting the same impressive build quality as in the Q3 we recently tested.
Under the skin, the new A3 Sedan is mechanically identical to the Sportback. So don’t expect any handling or comfort differences between the two. It also comes with the same range of engines in Europe; a pair of 1.5 liter TFSI engines and a 2.0 liter TDI diesel engine. The two TFSI engines get a choice of either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the latter of which also brings 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) technology, to improve efficiency and add a bit of power, 37 lb-ft of added power to be exact.
As for the 2.0 liter TDI engine, it only comes with a seven-speed DCT and the 48-volt MHEV setup. That makes it the one to get, as it’s also the most powerful.
In the North American market, there’s nothing officially announced as of yet but expect the same 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that powers the Q3. That means it will likely get 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Also, expect the seven-speed DCT to be standard in America, with no manual option, sadly.
The 2020 Audi A3 Sedan will be available for pre-sale in Europe at the end of April but deliveries won’t take place until the Summer, at the earliest. In Germany and most European markets, the A3 will start at EUR 29,800 ($32,334). Though, expect it to cost a bit more than that when it hits the ‘States, as it will most likely have a larger engine as-standard.
As of now, there is no official date as to when the Audi A3 Sedan will cross the Atlantic but we do know it’s coming here, so just be patient.