2013 Audi A3 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Welcome to Neocarsuv.com, we will provide the latest information about the Audi A3. 2013 Audi A3 is one brand new car from Audi that was released in 2013. We will also review about the price, interior, exterior and engine of the 2013 Audi A3.
As our chaperone unlocks a new A3 three door hatchback a sedan is the only definite body style for the U.S. at this point, but a five door and possibly a convertible are planned he mentions that this trip will be the first time he’s driven what will be his personal car for the next six months. In a strange way, we feel slightly honored to be accompanying him. “Don’t study this car too hard,” he says, referencing the fact that this new A3 is fitted with items that won’t be available to customers until the end of this year. Those include the Quattro all wheel drive system; the racy, quilted leather front seats, and the special blue exterior paint. Of course, his request has only set us on higher alert.
The company is aware that many buyers think of the model as simply a tarted up VW Golf, an impression Dick is quick to counter with the claim that the “new A3 is a completely different car!” Well, not quite. The basis for the new A3 and next generation Mark VII Golf is Volkswagen’s highly flexible MQB architecture (full details here). It’s a highly cost effective, modular front drive based component set that can underpin cars as varied in size as the Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen Passat and will be used by SEAT and Škoda. The 2013 A3 will be the first car spun from MQB bones to reach consumers.
The first two generations of the A3 1996 and then 2003 were only offered in hatchback form. But now that Audi has its sights on expanding the range’s appeal globally, when the U.S. begins taking delivery of the third generation in the autumn of 2013, there will be a new sedan bodystyle to accompany the five door Sportback. That means a new A3 is still over a year away for us, but we couldn’t wait to drive it, so we headed to the hatchback loving Spanish island of Mallorca to sample it for you.
Also returning for 2013 are two solid engine choices. The base, turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder should appeal to drivers seekingsome excitement, while the 2.0 liter TDI turbodiesel should resonate with those who prioritize fuel economy. With available all wheel drive, the A3 also delivers more grip in wet conditions or when simply zipping through a fast, dry corner. Too bad it’s not available on the TDI, though.
While 2013 might markthe end of the A3 hatchback in the U.S., a handful of alternatives are still available. We count the Acura TSX Sport Wagon as a close competitor with the added benefit of more spacious seating. The Lexus CT 200h and its hybrid powered fuel economy should interest some buyers. And let’s not forget the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, which shares much of the A3’s underpinnings and offers even more cargo capacity, yet lacks the Audi’s luxury brand cachet.
2013 Audi A3 Price :
The new Audi A3 Sportback will go on sale in February 2013, prices in Germany will start from €22,500, or about $29,000 at the current rates (for the 1.2 TFSI version).
2013 Audi A3 Interior :
Standard equipment on the Premium includes 17 inch alloy wheels, foglights, cruise control, dual zone automatic climate control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery and a 10 speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The Bluetooth Value package adds an eight way power driver seat (includes four way lumbar adjustment), a multifunction steering wheel and Bluetooth.
The Premium Plus package comes standard with the Bluetooth Value package and adds different wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, steering wheel shift paddles (with the automatic transmission), aluminum interior trim and enhanced interior lighting. The Audi Navigation System Plus package adds a navigation system, a dash mounted Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) and the choice of either a six CD changer or an iPod interface. The Convenience package adds automatic headlights, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a Bose premium sound system.
The elegant look of the exterior continues on the interior where Audi has used the highest quality materials, as well as the latest technologies offered by the company. The center console has been designed to offer the best driving experience and comes with intuitively clean ergonomics. Just like all of the other models, the new A3 Sportback is offered with the MMI operating system with a power retractable monitor and the MMI radio. Many control elements are optionally available in an aluminum look finish for the Control units. The steering wheel can be ordered in different versions, depending on the trim level chosen: three or four spokes, a flat-bottomed rim, multifunction buttons, and shift paddles.
As for the hatchback’s interior improvements on the other body styles, Audi says it lengthened the wheelbase of the Sportback some 2.28 inches, which paid dividends for rear seat passengers. With the rear seats up the A3 boasts 13.42 cubic feet of storage, with the seats folded that number increases to 43.1 cubic feet.
2013 Audi A3 Exterior :
Horsepower peaks between 5,100 and 6,200 rpm, but 207 pound feet of turbo assisted torque starts much lower at 1,250 rpm and lasts all the way through 5,000 rpm. This car has to make do with the heavier six speed S-tronic gearbox because the seven speed dry clutch unit is limited to 185 pound feet of torque in Quattro applications. Despite the extra weight and fewer gears, the revamped powertrain offers a 17 percent improvement in fuel consumption and C02 emissions compared to its 1.8 liter forbearer. Better still, it will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 6.8 seconds.
As withother Audi interiors, the A3’s cabin adopts an understated and classy design language. Materials are generally highquality, with metallic trim for the air vents and knobs lending a decidedly upscale feel. You’ll find more hard plastic elements here than in other Audi models, though they blend in pretty seamlessly and hardly suggest an entry level compromise.
The navigation system will likely be a popular option, but operating it presents some minor challenges. The screen is large and clear, but is not touch-sensitive. Insteadyou’ll have to use Audi’s MMI dial controller, which wouldn’t be a big deal if it were located in the center console. Instead you’ll have to reach out and fumble with its place on the dash.
The exterior design language was already previewed in the three-door version of the new A3, so there’s not much of a surprise there. At the front of the vehicle there is a distinctive stone gray single-frame grille and flat headlights with optional xenon plus headlights and LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the model gets LED rear lights in combination with the xenon plus headlights, a small diffuser, and, depending on the engine, the exhaust system terminates in one or two tailpipes on the left side of the car.
Customers will get to choose between 13 exterior colors: three solid finishes, eight metallic finishes, and two pearl-effect finishes. These exterior colors can be combined with the usual S-Line package and an optional high-gloss package that adds accents around the windows.
2013 Audi A3 Engine :
When our four and five doors land at port in time for the traditional Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game in 2013, engines will include the newest 177 horsepower 1.8 TFSI four cylinder tested here, a freshened version of the currently 208 hp 2.0 TFSI, and then a revamped 2.0 TDI diesel with a reported 143 hp (148 hp for all other markets as briefly tested here, too) and 236 pound feet of torque.
In the meantime, materials research within Audi has allowed for weight savings of at least 130 pounds versus equivalent second generation A3 models. Audi is formally branding this company weight-loss program under the umbrella of “Audi Ultra.” The hood and front fender panels are formed in aluminum now, and the aluminum-steel Audi Space Frame chassis approach has been utilized on the new compact as well. All engines have been redesigned not only for greater efficiency and lower emissions, but also for lighter weight and more compact packaging. In previous generations, the fore or aft tilt of the engine varied depending on capacity, but now every engine in the lineup tilts at 12 degrees toward the rear the exhaust side. This design change shortens the front overhang while also helping to make for almost two more inches of front legroom. That added room is also a result of the almost one inch longer wheelbase, the front axle having been moved forward.
The A3 TDI features a turbocharged 2.0 liter diesel four cylinder that produces 140 hp and 236 lb ft of torque. S tronic is standard but all wheel drive is not offered. Audi estimates a 0-60 time of 8.9 seconds, which isleisurely compared to the TDI’s competitors. Fuel economy is exceptional, however, with estimates of 30/42/34.
Our time with the 177 hp 1.8 TFSI taken directly from the European market’s A5 range showed us that the new generation is significantly more nimble. Our Quattro S Line setup with optional 18 inch flow formed wheels (16 inchers are standard and there’s a range of 17 inch options as well), sturdy Continental ContiSportContact5 tires and wet clutch six speed S tronic with three spoke sport steering wheel and shift paddles, will be the sportiest A3 at the car’s launch in Europe come July. Stateside, we’re guessing the price of our tester would be just over $30,000 before options. As a five door Sportback in this same trim, you’ll be looking at something above $34,000 for starters. At the bottom of the U.S. range, a front wheel drive 1.8 TFSI A3 sedan with manual in Premium trim should open the bidding at around $26,000.