2020 Audi A3 Sportback: Price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
March 03, 2020

Audi has lifted the lid on the all-new A3. Read on to see how many new features you’ll find under the skin of this posh new hatchback…

  • New Audi A3 revealed
  • Angular styling inspired by RS6
  • Minimalist interior
  • New infotainment tech
  • Range of suspension options
  • Petrol, diesel end hybrid engines
  • Plug-in model coming later
  • S3 version to be revealed soon
  • On sale in Europe now
  • Expected to cost from £25,000

Audi has revealed the new A3 – an all-new upmarket hatchback with plenty of infotainment upgrades and a selection of new engines, including a mild-hybrid model.

New Audi A3 styling

The new Audi A3 has more than a hint of the uber-brawny Audi RS6 about it. Its curvy sides come with blistered wheel arches (just like Audi’s RS models) and the slanted pillars and huge hexagonal grille make it look seriously aggressive for a posh hatchback. High-spec cars get LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights along with sportier bumpers and larger alloy wheels. There’s also a rear spoiler that makes the A3 look wider and lower than before. 

The new Audi A3’s cabin looks far more modern than the old car’s.

New Audi A3 interior

The Audi A3‘s interior has been completely redesigned, too. There are loads of horizontal surfaces to make the cabin feel wider and more spacious and the air vents and wraparound trim looks and feels classy. There are quite a few pieces of glossy black plastic, which looks nice but will likely scratch easily. The centre console is simply laid out without too many messy buttons, and there’s a small gear selector switch instead of a traditional lever – just like the ones in the new VW Golf and SEAT Leon.

Every A3 gets two screens as standard, but you can pay extra to get a larger digital driver’s display.

New Audi A3 infotainment

The new Audi A3 gets Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system. There’s a 10.3-inch display with touchscreen functionality (unlike in the old car) but the handy rotary controller on the centre console has been binned. The climate controls are helpfully grouped together so they’re easy to use and you get a 10-inch digital driver’s display as standard. You can pay extra to beef this screen up to a chunky 12 inches and there’s also an optional head-up display if you absolutely must have every display available. 

The New Audi A3’s lower-mounted seats should mean passengers get a bit more headroom.

New Audi A3 practicality and boot space

The new Audi A3 comes with 380 litres of bootspace. That’s the same as the new VW Golf but around 20 litres less than you could fit in the old A3. Flip the back seats down and there’s 1,200 litres of space – so more than enough for the occasional trip to the tip. The new car’s back seats are mounted lower than in the old model, so rear-seat headroom should be slightly improved. 

The new Audi A3 will be available with a range of suspension options, including a sporty lowered setup.

New Audi A3 driving

The new Audi A3 uses the same underpinnings as the new VW Golf but you can pay extra to have it fitted with adaptive suspension. This lowers the body by 10mm and comes with three settings: auto, comfort and dynamic. Sports suspension (standard in S Line cars) is another 15mm lower and is stiffer to make these A3s feel sportier to drive. Audi A3s with engines producing more than 150hp get independent rear suspension (that helps them feel both more comfortable and a bit more agile), but less powerful models have to make do with a less advanced torsion beam setup. Currently, you can only get the Audi A3 with front-wheel drive, but four-wheel-drive quattro-equipped models will be along soon. 

You’ll be able to choose from three engines when the Audi A3 first goes on sale in the UK. 

Audi A3 engines 

The Audi A3 will come with three engines initially; a 150hp 1.5-lire petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel producing 115hp or 150hp. Later, there’ll also be a 1.0-litre 110hp three-cylinder petrol and a faster S3 model with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.  You’ll also be able to buy a plug-in hybrid model with a 1.4-litre petrol engine and an electric motor that together produce 245hp. These’ll be able to drive for around 40 miles using just electric power. Until then, your choice of hybrids is limited to one mild-hybrid version of the 1.5-litre petrol engine. This can switch off the engine and coast using electric power for up to 40 seconds at a time to help save fuel. 

The Audi A3 is on sale in Europe now, but UK customers will have to wait a little longer…

Audi A3 price and release date

The new Audi A3 is on sale now in Europe with the first round of deliveries expected to go ahead in May. We’ll have to wait a little longer for cars to appear in the UK. You can expect entry-level cars to cost form £25,000. More powerful petrol versions will set you back from around £27,000 while diesel-powered cars should cost from around £28,500.

If you can’t wait for the new Audi A3, head over to our Audi A3 deals page to see check out the best offers on the outgoing car or read our in-depth Audi A3 review for more information on this car’s predecessor.