Audi has unveiled the fourth generation of its A3 lower medium model, ahead of the first deliveries commencing in May.
From launch, just two engines will be offered – both with front-wheel drive – a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol unit and a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine.
Audi said the engine line-up is to expand after launch with mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrids, as well as more traditional petrol and diesel offerings.
Changes to the styling include a larger front grille, along with larger air inlets and new bumpers, while inside, the vehicle features Audi’s 10.1-inch touch display as standard, which is used to adjust the sat-nav, media services and online tools.
The A3 is also equipped with the brand’s 10.25-inch virtual cockpit which replace traditional dials in front of the driver, while a head-up display is also offered, which projects information onto the windscreen in colour.
Bootspace, meanwhile, is rated at 380 litres with the rear seats up and 1,200 litres with the rear seats down.
According to Audi, the navigation system is more precise than previous iterations as it recognises the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable route suggestions by taking statistical experience values on time and traffic density into account, as well as real-time data on the traffic situation.
Meanwhile, the A3 is offered with a number of assistance systems, including collision avoidance assistance, adaptive cruise control – which works at speeds of up to 130mph – and lane departure warning as standard, while optional extras include lane change and exit warnings..
The A3 is priced from £24,900 for the entry-level petrol model and from £28,350 for the opening diesel model with order books opening next week.