This means that the A3 variants now available are the Sportback, Convertible and Saloon. Orders have closed for the three-door, but the current cars on order mean that the A3 three-door will officially exit production in November.
The Volkswagen Group, as well as the wider industry, is abandoning sportier three-door hatchbacks in favour of quicker-selling five-door variants, favoured by buyers for their increased practicality and resale prospects. The Scirocco’s demise was previously hinted at by VW Group executives, as was the Beetle hardtop's, although this model remains.
The A3 was one of only a few three-door hatchbacks left in the VW Group stable, leaving just the three-door Volkswagen Golf, the Seat Leon SC, the Volkswagen Beetle and the Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii city cars.