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The third generation A3 Sportback has grown up and is now an outstanding car in almost every aspect.

15 Jul 2013

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The third and latest generation A3 was launched last year at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in its three-door guise. While the previous two models were based on the Volkswagen Group A platform (which was shared among other several models like the Golf, TT and Touran), the latest A3, like the Volkswagen Golf, is based on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform.

Audi's distinctive and stylish LED daytime running lights is still the best in the business


 
This platform, in simpler terms, is basically the group's strategy for shared modular construction of its transverse, front-engined, front-wheel drive cars.

While the A3 is your three-door hatchback, the car is also available as a five-door - Sportback - and a four-door saloon (coming to Singapore by the end of this 2013), which will go head on with the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

Exterior

The A3 Sportback may not cause many shocks and eyes to open widely with its styling, but it does score high points for looking smart and modern.

The seamless integration of Audi's single-frame grille provides a focal point that creates a continuous theme with the slimmer and sleeker headlamps that houses the ever-contemporary daytime running lights. As a result, the A3 Sportback is tauter, leaner and sharper than before - a feat that's accomplished without losing its identity.

At 4,310mm long, 1,785mm wide and 1,425mm tall, the German hatch has grown in all directions with a bold and defined line under the window called the 'tornado line' (as Audi likes to call it) and rather profound wheel arches giving the car an extra dose of road presence.

It's not all just looks for the A3 Sportback. At 1,225kg, the car is now 90kg lighter than before, thanks to the aforementioned platform, which minimises the use of materials by introducing rationality across various platforms that share engine orientation. To put this into a clearer perspective, the BMW 1 Series Hatchback and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class weigh in at 1,385kg and 1,395kg respectively.

Although a good size of 17-inch, the design of the rims do not give the car justice


 
Of course, it's really not just its lightweight that puts the A3 Sportback ahead in its segment, but also its extreme versatility. This is a car you will want to be seen driving in, even if it's just a simple trip to the supermarket and back or a drive down Marina Golf Course for your serious golf game.
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Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap

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1395cc

Horsepower

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92kW (123 bhp) / 5000 rpm

Torque

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200 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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7-speed (A) S-tronic

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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9.3sec

Top Speed

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203km/h

Fuel consumption

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20 km/L

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