Audi A3 Sportback 1.8 TFSI S tronic (Ambiente) Review
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John Toh
21 Sep 2013

Introduction, Exterior

Setting a more premium model apart from the garden-variety makes lots of sense. For starters, it makes the cost of ownership more palatable knowing that you bought something special.After all, buying a car is often an emotional process. It also gives dealers the chance to up-sell to you to buy the one with a “better outlook”. This has also opened up a market for people to buy accessories and trim packages – from simple badges to full-on replacement fenders to fake dual exhaust tips (318i wannabe M3 GTS or TS turned WRX S204, anyone?)

Strangely, Audi didn’t quite follow this convention when introducing the A3 Sportback here. The two versions – separated by their engine capacities – are visually identical outside. Contrary to the usual practice, nary a mention of the engine capacities is to be seen anywhere on either car. The only telltale is the roof rails that run the length of the 1.8L. The more costly 1.8-litre version would set you back by an additional $16,000, but there’s nothing more to tell you apart from the lesser 1.4-litre variant. In fact, Audi Singapore’s test cars were both in grey with only a single digit on the license plates that differentiate both cars externally. (Ok, ok, the wheels are different too.)

You could read all about the A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI review.

This is a good value-for-money proposition for the 1.4 TFSI owners. What's in it for the bro with the bigger lungs?

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Engine Capacity 1798cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Bore x Stroke (82.5 x 84.1)mm
Power 180bhp @ 5100rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 1250rpm
Power to Weight 140.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 7.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 232 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 5.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed S-Tronic
Drive Type F4
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type 3 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4310 x 1785 x 1425) mm
Wheelbase 2636 mm
Kerb Weight 1280 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs