It seems that compact sedans for European car makers is the latest craze and the Audi A3 Sedan will be joining in. Recently we’ve seen Mercedes announce their CLA 45 AMG and the, yet-to-be confirmed but we’re sure it’s happening, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.
The new A3 Sportback will be launching soon, but the Audi saw the opportunity to join BMW and Mercedes with its A3 Sedan bringing what is hopefully another great entry to the general compact sedan market.
Whilst at the moment all the info we have has been classed as provisional it does look promising and on par. Initially there will be three four-cylinder engine variants which will be turbocharged and with auto start-stop technology. The 2.0TDI will produce 110kW and 320Nm of torque with a sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds and fuel economy of 4.2litres per 100km. For petrol engines there will be a 1.8TFSI and 1.4TFSI with 132kW and 5.7litres per 100km and 103kW and 4.7litres per 100km respectively. The transmissions available will depend on which engine variant but the options available will be either a manual six-speed or S Tronic dual-clutch transmission.
One the inside the interior from what we can manage to learn will be very similar to the new A3 Sportback including a much improved multimedia system, and interior colours and materials that are of a quality that you would expect. However with the longer wheelbase rear passenger space is improved.
Of course as what would be expected in European compact sedans, there are driving assistance systems. However in the A3 Sedan, at the moment, it is expected that most of these including adaptive cruise control, pre sense front system to avoid collisions up to 150km/h.
Audi has also confirmed that there will be a S3 variant which will look to compete with the likes of the CLA 45 AMG. The S3 Sedan which focusses on performance will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.9seconds with the S-Tronic and 5.3seconds for the manual.
When you think about it, the A3 and S3 Sedan seems to be like a last minute response to the CLA from Mercedes and to beat BMW to the punch with their entry. It does certainly seem though, that this segment is looking promising and that we will see some great cars.