The Audi A3 Sedan has been itching for the runway, tantalising and teasing us for quite some time. Thankfully the wait is almost over as this preppy German is set to hit showroom floors early next year.
Luckily, we got to drive the newest edition to the A3 line-up, which already consists of the A3 three-door, Sportback and the athlete of the family - the S3 three-door. But the growing A3 brood isn’t stopping yet, with the S3 Sportback arriving soon as well as the A3 Cabriolet in the first half of next year.
But in the meantime we get to enjoy the A3 Sedan. Now I’m sure many will agree that there’s a certain amount of social stigma attached to a car with a boot. Let’s face it: sedans are as stylish as your uncle Phil wearing his knitted sweater in your family Christmas photo. They just aren’t cool. Thankfully, times are changing rapidly and hatchbacks that sprout boots now command attention. Just look at the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan is no different.
It looks like it was designed by innovative dressers and designers as its 4.46 metre-long silhouette combines sportiness and aggression with the practicality of a sedan.
The slightly flared wheel arches and fatter and the lower physique highlights the differences over its smaller siblings. But we’ve been told that this Audi is more than just an A3 with a boot, because it doesn’t share any body panels with its hatchback siblings.
What it does share is the same minimalist approach in the cabin. Cleanly and ergonomically sculptured with all the vehicle’s vitals easily accessible at a glance, the A3 Sedan still sports a driver-focused cabin. However, the increased size means rear passengers now get more legroom and the boot size has grown to 425 litres, which can be increased to 880 litres by folding down the rear seats.
It’s a dynamic car to drive and offers plenty of feedback when behind the wheel, continuing the flirtation between driver and road, which is what we’ve come to expect from the A3 range. The comfort and sportiness aren’t lacking.
The A3 Sedan is powered by the familiar powertrain line-up, including the 1.4-litre TFSI that produces 92kW and 200Nm (90kW for the S tronic) and the ever-popular 132kW/250Nm 1.8-litre TFSI. These petrol motors also share the spotlight with the new 2.0-litre TDI oil-burner, which boasts 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque. All engines will be available with manual or S tronic transmissions and offered in SE specification.
The A3 has garnered immense popularity in the motoring fraternity since its launch and the sedan looks set to continue this strong presence. With limited competition in the premium compact-sedan segment, this A3 is keen to make a name for itself among urban buccaneers wanting stylish practicality. But with only 2 100 units arriving next year, there might be a rather long waiting list shortly.
Pricing includes all taxes and the standard 5-year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.
|Audi A3 Sedan 1.4T FSI SE manual||R323 500|
|Audi A3 Sedan 1.4T FSI SE S tronic||R340 500|
|Audi A3 Sedan 1.8T FSI SE manual||R341 500|
|Audi A3 Sedan 1.8T FSI SE S tronic||R358 500|
|Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TDI SE manual||R355 500|
|Audi A3 Sedan 2.0 TDI SE S tronic||R372 500|