Audi A3 Saloon 1.4 TFSI S-Tronic Ambiente Review
Exquisite luxury in its class

Story and Photos by Irwin Tan
2 Jun 2014
 

Introduction, Exterior

 

With the re-categorisation of COE, we see luxury sedans taking up places in the Category B ladder, leaving fewer than a handful of continentals to choose from in the lower rung category.

To go head on with the Mercedes-Benz CLA class or equivalent, Audi has earlier released the new A3 Sportback, which we thought was more than just the normal hatch on the road.

Going forward from the hatch, the A3 now sees a sedan variant for the first time, providing yet another feasible option for the potential driver.

Exterior

The A3 sedan takes on the same front facade as the Sportback, and an almost similar design to the rest of its predecessors.

The overhaul in the design of the A3 comes in when you take a closer look at its headlights component. The new A3 proudly wears an inward daytime running light eyeliner, giving the sedan (and the Sportback variant) a more concentrated and intense look.

While the tail lamps of the A3 sedan remain unchanged from the Sportback we drove last year, the difference between the siblings lie in the slightly extended wheelbase, and of course, the boot.

Talking about which, the sedan variant offers close to 425 litres of boot capacity, expandable to a whopping 880 when you fold the rear seats.

Summing up the exterior, the A3 sedan, similar to its S3 and A3 hatch siblings, exudes a zen image from the car. While it may not be as flashy as its Mercedes-Benz rival, the A3 more than makes up for it in the handling and features department.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1395cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 122bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 1400rpm
Power to Weight 94.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 9.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 212 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 20.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed S-Tronic
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4456 x 1796 x 1416) mm
Wheelbase 2637 mm
Kerb Weight 1290 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs