Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI S-Tronic Review
Sportback charm

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
12 Sep 2013

Introduction, Exterior

There’re many benefits in being part of huge auto group like the Volkswagen Audi Group. Well, for one, you have unhindered access to the huge parts bin to pretty much fulfill any engineer’s wet dream. Think: Audi RS3 and you get where I’m going.

While this 1.4-litre A3 is the most basic model, it comes with some cracking credentials. For one, it shares the same MQB platform that the current Golf rides on. That means the A3 is set up for success right from the start considering the rave reviews its more recognizable cousin is getting.



On first impression, you’ll be hard pressed to tell that this is the latest A3. Considering that much of the body lines are similar if not the same as the previous model. That’s just Audi sticking to their ‘if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it’ design philosophy.

The most obvious clues to the new A3 are the headlights that are now angled inwards for a more intense expression. And considering that the model tested here is the Sportback, the wheelbase is slightly longer as well.

That translates to a longer roofline that allows for a larger boot and an extra set of doors over the standard A3. Though all models sold in Singapore are in the Sportback configuration anyway.

Around the back, the taillights get a minor tweak with LED lamps but remain simple and uncluttered. A set of 18 inch alloys complete the unassuming German hatch’s exterior.  

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Engine Capacity 1390cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10:1
Bore x Stroke (76.5 x 75.6)mm
Power 122bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 101.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 203 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 18.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

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


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4310 x 1780 x 1425) mm
Wheelbase 2636 mm
Kerb Weight 1205 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs