New Audi A3 Sportback

26 Sep, 2012 9:20pm Richard Ingram

Audi has unveiled the practical new A3 Sportback on the eve of the Paris Motor Show

Audi has unveiled the five-door A3 Sportback, just days after the three-door arrived in UK dealers.

The new car is 58mm longer than its predecessor, making it 35mm longer than the current three-door. It also gets a 380-litre boot, which is in an increase of 10 litres over the old Sportback and 30 litres over the current three-door.

There are no surprises in terms of styling, with the changes limited to an extra pair of doors and a set of roof rails. It gets the same nose and gaping grille as the three-door, with Audi’s design language apparent throughout. Interior quality will be top-notch, too.

Spec and engine choice will follow the three-door, meaning there are two petrol and one diesel motor at launch. The mid-range 2.0-litre TDI diesel will be capable of 0-60mph in around 8.5 seconds while returning more than 60mpg average fuel economy. Buyers can choose between base-spec SE, mid-range Sport or flagship S line trims.

Specifying two extra doors on your new A3 will cost you £620, with prices starting at £19,825 for a 1.4 TFSI Sportback SE. A top-spec 1.8 TFSI Sportback S line will cost you £27,180 and all models should be in showrooms early next year.

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best premium car in c segment, only Golf VII offers more for the price.

Groundbreaking styling - oh sorry, no it hasn't. Doesn't make it a bad car just makes it a bit ..... boring

I'm struggling to spot the difference between this and the last generation A3 Sportback...

Wow, more of the usual 'It looks the same, I can't tell the difference' comments. Brain hurts from the stupidity.

Looks great. Simple but great. All of you complaining about how it looks like the old A3:
The profile is indeed similar. But in terms of front and rear end it looks much more like an improved version of the A4/A5 not the old A3. The dashboard and interior should make the Audi the reference of the segment in quality again. So why change everything that is good? And a proven sales success? Audi doesn't need to revolutionize the A3/4/5/6/8 models the keep them successful. They just have to keep making them better, more efficient and prettier using the same basis. And they're good at that.