The new Audi A3 Sportback will be arriving in showrooms this year – our exclusive image gives you an idea what to expect from Audi’s posh small car. Read on for the A3 Sportback price, specs and release date.
2019 Audi A3 Sportback
hybrid tech and a high-tech interior
Price and release date
from £22,000, on sale middle of 2019
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2019 Audi A3 Sportback price and release date
The 2019 Audi A3 Sportback is expected to cross from around £22,000. That’s slightly more expensive than an entry-level Mercedes A-Class, although you can expect the Audi to come with more equipment as standard. From launch, the range will be topped by the quick new Audi S3 Sportback which will cost from around £35,000. The high-performance RS3 model will likely be offered later, with a new engine replacing the five-cylinder motor that has been rendered obsolete by emissions regulations.
2019 Audi A3 Sportback styling
The exact styling of the 2019 Audi A3 Sportback is a closely guarded secret but this image – created by carwow’s in-house car designer – gives you a pretty good idea what you can expect. The rounded lines of the old model are set to make way for something infinitely more angular, topped off with a huge six-point grille. The sharply designed headlights that sit on either side are likely to feature white-light emitting LEDs as standard, with the option to upgrade to sophisticated Matrix LEDs that allow you to use the car’s full beams even in oncoming traffic. The angular lower bumper, meanwhile, is expected to feature air breathers that help channel air around the front wheels to improve aerodynamics and save fuel.
Around the sides, subtly squared front and rear wheel arches help emphasise that the car will be available with the firm’s quattro four-wheel drive making it more distinctive than the rather vanilla styling of the current car. Expect to choose from alloy wheels ranging from 16 to 18-inches in size (in SE and S line models, respectively) and you’ll also likely to be able to have your A3 with contrast roof colours.
Around the back, the Audi A3 Sportback is expected to come as standard with pretty rear LEDs and they’ll likely perform a sequenced dance when you lock and unlock the car – to help distinguish the 2019 Audi A3 Sportback from more ‘mainstream’ models such as the Volkswagen Golf.
2019 Audi A3 Sportback specs
The irony is that, under the skin, the 2019 Audi A3 Sportback will share its parts with the as-yet-unrevealed 2019 Golf. As a result, it’ll have a larger version of the current car’s chassis, which should mean you’ll get an roomier back seat with more space and a slightly larger boot than the current model.
To help mark the Audi from its VW cousin, the A3 Sportback will likely get a top-of-the-range infotainment system as standard with a huge central screen complemented by an even larger, multi-function digital display behind the steering wheel.
The engines fitted to the current A3 are already some of the best you can buy, so expect them to be carried over into the new model – with petrols ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 litres and diesels coming in 1.6 and 2.0-litre capacities. The fast S3, meanwhile, is likely to get a revision of the 2.0-litre petrol fitted to the current model. The A3 Sportback will come with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but you’ll be able to pay extra for a seven-speed automatic and four-wheel drive from more grip on slippery roads.
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