Full pricing and details of Audi A3 saloon launch models

Prices and specifications for the new Audi A3 saloon, which goes on sale for the first time this week, have been revealed.

Three engine options are available at launch. At the bottom end of the scale a 138bhp 1.4-litre TFSi is available for £24,305 in Sport trim or £26,455 in S line specification. This entry-level unit returns 60.1mpg on a combined cycle and emits 109g/km. 

Further up the range the 1.8-litre TFSi achieves 49.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 129g/km while putting out 177bhp and 184lb ft of torque. That option is the most expensive in the range at £28,105 in S line trim.

The only diesel unit to be available on the A3 saloon at launch is a 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine, which can power the car from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds. It returns 67.3mpg, has CO2 emissions of 107g/km, and costs £26,425 in S line trim.

The engine line-up is expected to grow in coming months with the launch of a 104bhp 1.6 TDI unit and a 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI unit. Those options will launch in December this year and spring next year respectively.

The A3 saloon is available with either a six-speed manual or S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. Those cars fitted with the S tronic gearbox and Audi's optional adaptive vehicle dynamics system also get a free-wheeling function when the car is in efficiency mode to save fuel.

The A3 saloon shares most of its underpinnings with the A3 hatch and Sportback, and also gets the electro-mechanically assisted steering featured on those models. A 60-40 front/rear axle load distribution helps to improve ride and handling.

Front suspension on standard models is a MacPherson design, while Sport and S line versions of the car feature sports suspension which lowers the saloon by up to 25mm. All models get ESC as standard.

S line trim, which is expected to be specified on half of all A3 sales, adds a £2150 premium over Sport models, and adds 18-inch alloy wheels over the standard car's 17-inch wheels, as well as S line body styling and xenon headlights. Inside, drivers get the S line sports multi-function steering wheel and an enhanced luggage package.

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18 June 2013

Nice saloon alternative to a hatchback that's not any/much bigger, before Audi haters moan that all Audi's are the same it's good to have a choice!

Pretty sure BMW will reply with a smaller 3 series saloon, I'm sure I read about a 2 series saloon somewhere but there's so many variations these days I can't keep up.  

 

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18 June 2013

I think this is the best looking small saloon in years, if not decades. Yes, it shares exactly the same styling cues and proportions as the A4, A6 and A8, but it looks great. The fact that the saloon sports some unique styling features shows the attention to detail too.

18 June 2013

Agree with the previous comments. I could see myself buying one of these with the VAG 2.0tDi and Quattro (is that an option?). Make mine a dark metalic blue with tan leather! 

18 June 2013

Very nice, but I can't see the range expanding much in the UK seeing as we (apparently) don't like small saloons ... Pity as a quattro version would be pretty awesome ...

18 June 2013

Just noticed the 1.4 petrol is more expensive than the 2.0 litre diesel in like for like trim, when did this swap around in prices happen?? Was it because people started moving to small petrol turbo engines so they thought lets put petrol engine prices up!!

 

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18 June 2013

xxxx wrote:

Just noticed the 1.4 petrol is more expensive than the 2.0 litre diesel in like for like trim, when did this swap around in prices happen?? Was it because people started moving to small petrol turbo engines so they thought lets put petrol engine prices up!!

The 1.4 TFSI 140PS has the Cylinder On Demand technology which accounts for the price parity with the 2.0 TDI. I think the CoD makes it about £100 more expensive.

Generally diesel engines are still more expensive than petrol engines.


18 June 2013

bomb wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Just noticed the 1.4 petrol is more expensive than the 2.0 litre diesel in like for like trim, when did this swap around in prices happen?? Was it because people started moving to small petrol turbo engines so they thought lets put petrol engine prices up!!

The 1.4 TFSI 140PS has the Cylinder On Demand technology which accounts for the price parity with the 2.0 TDI. I think the CoD makes it about £100 more expensive.

Generally diesel engines are still more expensive than petrol engines.

Emmm thanks for the reply but if you look at the A3 sportback s-line prices the 1.4 TFSI with Cod is £23,405 and the 2.0 litre (150bhp) is  £24,855 i.e the diesel is over £1,400 MORE for the sportback.

Talk about taking advantage of the public turning to small capacity petrol engines!

 

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19 June 2013

xxxx wrote:

Emmm thanks for the reply but if you look at the A3 sportback s-line prices the 1.4 TFSI with Cod is £23,405 and the 2.0 litre (150bhp) is  £24,855 i.e the diesel is over £1,400 MORE for the sportback.

Talk about taking advantage of the public turning to small capacity petrol engines!

You seem convinced there's a conspiracy here but the difference is actually in the transmission. The 2.0 TDI is a 6-sp manual and the 1.4 TFSI COD is a 7-sp S tronic, which accounts for the £1,400 difference.


19 June 2013

bomb wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Emmm thanks for the reply but if you look at the A3 sportback s-line prices the 1.4 TFSI with Cod is £23,405 and the 2.0 litre (150bhp) is  £24,855 i.e the diesel is over £1,400 MORE for the sportback.

Talk about taking advantage of the public turning to small capacity petrol engines!

You seem convinced there's a conspiracy here but the difference is actually in the transmission. The 2.0 TDI is a 6-sp manual and the 1.4 TFSI COD is a 7-sp S tronic, which accounts for the £1,400 difference.

Never thought of it as conspiracy, you must be checking the wrong car, just rechecked the website for a s-line 5 door a3 and the 2.0 tdi is 25,500 and the petrol is 23,200. Check your self and put your mind at rest

From the website

2.0 TDI 150 6 speed 108 67.3 B 16% £25,500
1.4 TFSI 122 6 speed 123 53.3 D 16% £23,200

 

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19 June 2013

xxxx wrote:

you must be checking the wrong car

               
1.4 TFSI 122            

Make your mind up, we're talking about the TFSI 140 CoD - not the TFSI 122 that you're quoting here.

OK, the A3 Sportback S line 1.4 TFSI 140 CoD manual is GBP 24,050. The A3 Sportback S line 2.0 TDI manual is GBP 25,500. A difference of £1,450.

It must be the hot weather.


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