The Audi A3 is in its fourth-generation in America for 2022 and the entry into Audi right here, and priced prefer it. Credit score to Audi, I suppose, for nonetheless bringing the A3 and S3 to the States in any respect.
That’s as a result of, as everyone knows, small sedans just like the A3 are deeply out of style within the States, and Audi solely sells about 10,000 A3s a 12 months right here, although if Audi hasn’t given up thus far on the A3 in America it’s unlikely to take action anytime quickly.
On Thursday, Audi launched pricing and confirmed specs for the American model of the 2022 A3 and S3. The A3 begins at $33,900, the A3 Quattro at $35,900 and the S3 at $44,900, all along with a required $1,045 vacation spot cost.
The A3 has a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that sends as much as 201 horsepower via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. That can be mated to a 48-volt delicate hybrid system that may be a first in an A3; in “many driving conditions,” Audi says, you should use this method to maintain the engine turned off. The sportier S3 has a four-cylinder as properly, however this one is extra pissed off, making 306 horsepower, or 18 horsepower greater than the outgoing S3. The S3 additionally has greater brakes and elective suspension upgrades.
The extra important adjustments on the fourth-generation A3 and S3 contain the outside styling, which makes the automotive nonetheless resemble an Audi however extra so. The automotive is 0.8 inches wider and 1.6 inches longer than the outgoing mannequin, which Audi claims will give it a “extra substantial look.” The grille and exhaust ideas are greater, too.
Inside, there’s a 10.1-inch display screen that may be a commonplace, or an elective, greater 12.3-inch display screen that Audi calls a “digital cockpit.” Driver help techniques which are commonplace embody lane departure warning, excessive beam help, and entrance and rear affect warnings. Elective driver help techniques embody adaptive cruise management from zero to 95 mph and computerized parallel parking.
The A3’s major opponents listed here are the Mercedes A-Class, Acura ILX, and BMW 2 Sequence, and there may be, on paper, little that separates them, so it’s possible that whichever one you go along with is solely a matter of name choice. And I’m little stunned the luxurious compact section isn’t extra electrified, however that signifies that, in order for you a pleasant small fuel automotive, that’s nonetheless a factor you should purchase in 2021, similar to 10, 20, or 30 years in the past. After they come for the good small fuel automobiles, we’ll know they’re severe.