2014 Audi A3, belonging to the next-generation and destined for American shores is certainly not the four-door hatchback. What you will find here is a small sedan that demonstrates an unconventional move from the brand. Clearly the automaker is out hatch to win more hearts. It is still not clear if the American buyers will get convertible or hatch, but the European customers will start taking deliveries in late February. The pricing is speculated to start at $34,500. The production version of the car may look just the same as the A3 sedan concept, inspire of those oversized wheels and fancy exhaust outlets. The compact five-door model with ultra lightweight technology and powerful and highly efficient engines makes for a confident aesthetic statement. On the whole design language focuses mainly on the essentials, setting new standards for the lightweight car. Let us take a look at a brief 2014 Audi A3 review.
Exterior and Interiors
The five-door 2014 Audi A3 looks far more interesting in its looks than its 3-door counterpart. The good-sized panoramic roof stretches almost halfway through and those door mirrors, accented headlights and exhaust outlets are quite noticeable. Exhibiting the most recent styling language from the brand, the sport back body looks much more capable and sophisticated. Those eighteen inch wheels and tires with newly engineered multi-link axle and dynamic suspension make for a comfortable ride.Get an array of world class amenities like heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated leather seats, Bang & Olufsen audio system and pushbutton entry/start. The Audi Connect system will feature built-in Wi-Fi service for services like Google Maps and help the occupants connect portable devices to web while on route.
Engine and Performance
Based on a new lightweight platform, 2014 Audi A3 is specifically designed for front- and all-wheel-drive applications and to suit the MQB architecture. You will certainly find the turbo lag before diesel freight train catches on. However, the s-tronic twin-clutch gearbox feels heavy and behaves heavily at times. The strapping 6-speed S-tronic with 280 pound-feet and 181 horsepower make for good performance figures. The Sportback comes across as much more sophisticated as compared to other models. The standard dynamic suspension with recently engineered multi-link axle makes for better driving dynamics. The EA288 has been wholly restructured to be more competent and go well with the MQB structural design. You will certainly feel a turbo lag prior to when the diesel train effect makes its presence. It can accelerate to 62 mph is just about 7 seconds. As for the fuel economy, get around 45 miles per gallon on the highway.
There is a pre sense in 2014 Audi A3 for preventing lower speed accidents, thanks to Audi side assist, traffic sign recognition, lane assist, adaptive cruise control, and several other features. It is also expected to feature adaptive headlamps that automatically dim the high beams and pivot around curves when other cars are approaching.
- Upscale interior
- High fuel efficiency
- Great style in compact package
- Great driving dynamics
- Body style limited to sedan
- Gearbox feels heavy
Summing up the 2014 Audi A3 review, the new sportback offers better materials and should get a push further upmarket. The sticker price can be expected to hover around $30,000. The third-generation Audi A3 will soon arrive at U.S. dealerships and this is the first time the company is getting a 4 door sedan version. There are a number of new safety and design features like lane-departure warning, active cruise control, blind-spot detection, voice activation for navigation etc. Based on new lightweight platform, one can expect a variety of power trains over time.