Third generation (Typ 8V; 2012–present)
The original A3 (or Typ 8L) was introduced in the European market in 1996, marking Audi’s return to the production of smaller cars following the demise of the Audi 50 in 1978. This was the first Volkswagen Group model to use the “PQ34” or “A4” platform, bearing a close resemblance to the contemporary Volkswagen Golf Mk4, which arrived a year later. Within three years, this platform was used for total of seven cars.
The A3 was initially available only with a three-door hatchback body, to present a more sporty image than the Golf, in both front and four-wheel drive. The inline four-cylinder engines were transversely mounted. After the A4, the Audi A3 was the second model in the Audi lineup to use five valves per cylinder.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show.and went on sale in Europe in September 2012.
First vehicle using the flexible modular Volkswagen Group MQB platform, the third generation is available as a three-door hatchback, a five-door “Sportback”, a four-door saloon to directly rival the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, and a two-door Cabriolet.
The front suspension is a MacPherson strut set-up while the rear utilizes multi-link rear suspension.
The features include:
- Multi-collision brake: Emergency braking function stops the car after the first impact, to prevent secondary collisions
- Multi Media Interface MMI entertainment system (Tegra 3 processor) with handwriting recognition
- 4G broadband internet
- adaptive cruise control
- Pre sense front/basic radar-guided collision avoidance system
- active lane assist
- side assist
- Early German models include 1.4 TFSI (122 PS), 1.8 TFSI (180 PS), and 2.0 TDI (150 PS).1.2 TFSI (105 PS), 1.4 TFSI (140 PS), 1.8 TFSI quattro (180 PS), 1.6 TDI (105 PS), and 2.0 TDI quattro (150 PS) were added in 2013.A3 1.2 TFSI (105 PS) was added to the UK market in 2013, followed by A3 1.4 TFSI (140 PS) in 2013.