2014 Audi A3 sedan
Finally some official pictures. With no surprises whatsoever. Since the exterior looks like a smaller A4 and inside, things are just like in the redesigned hatchback version of the A3.
As far as engines, they are mentioning a new 1.8 Liter Turbo with 180hp. The same engine will be used in the Jetta and Beetle soon. With less power.
They also mentioned this; “Its combined fuel consumption is 5.6 liters per 100 km (42.00 US mpg), equivalent to 129 grams CO2 per km (207.61 g/mile).”
42 US MPG seems pretty amazing for a combined rating.
Meanwhile, this car will be completely invisible to everyone when it comes out….
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No manual in any trim, and (when it gets here) the Sportback will be hybrid only… Audi of America doesn't care about or understand what return customers want.. yuck.
Love their clean designs, looks especially great here, but tired of the round outlets on the dash. Reminds me of lesser brand cars….
Typical AUDI B.O.R.I.N.G.
They've beat this same silhouette/design theme into the ground – It's Just So Tired no matter how small they make it.
I like it better than the A4, and I like the A4. But it seems that Audi could have differentiated it a little more. The A3, A4, A6 and A8 may just as well be called S, M, L, XL. They are all nearly identical.
What? No manual transmissions? Hopefully that's wrong… This is a VW company right? They announced to manual transmission devotees (that's me) to not worry, they will not fade the true manual away like other manufacturers have. Guess they menst only the VW division… Sad. Hope this isn't the case.
I think they could have cut the press release to this:
"Audi introduces the Jetta. With a nicer interior."
From the rear 3/4 I can't tell if it's a new VW Jetta or an old Audi A3. Or the new A3.
"No manual in any trim, and (when it gets here) the Sportback will be hybrid only… Audi of America doesn't care about or understand what return customers want.. yuck."
Oh get off it already. Nobody buys manual transmission cars. They don't sell end of story despite all the whinging from "enthusiats". If you were a real enthusiast you wouldn't be buying an Audi sedan. Look at the BRZ/FR-S twins or a Miata or a BMW 1 series.
A real complaint is that Audi is dropping the hatchback from the US market. A small luxury hatchback from Europe that stickers under $29K seems like a niche that needs filling. Maybe the new Mark VII Golf/GTI can fill this void.
Louis needs to explain why new models show up in the US that are manual *only* – since nobody buys manuals, obviously, Ford and Fiat must be simply insane to bring the Abarth and the ST cars here?
Thanks for informing me what straight-jacket you think my buying preferences should be in. Now shut up.