The third generation for Audi’s compact vehicle was launched under the sad auspice of the canceled 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
But the car was launched anyway and Audi moved on. The new design lines maybe will catch on, but some details are strange looking to say at least.
From the get-go, there are only three engines available: a 1.5-liter TFSi unit with 150 hp and a 2.0-liter TDI engine with two outputs, a 110 hp and a 150 hp, respectively. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, but a 7-speed DSG is offered as an option.
The exterior look makes a bold statement, with some design cues around the front fog lights looking like horseshoes. The headlights are Matrix-LED depending on options or trim level, and the daytime running lights are arranged into a 3 by 5 pattern, for an easier recognition of the car. The length of the car has grown only by 3 cm (1.2 in) from the previous generation, to a total of 4.34 m (14.2 ft).
Unlike the first generation, which had a rear independent suspension, the latest A3 has a semi-rigid axle for the engines under 150 hp. For the other ones, it has a 4-link independent system, which ads more comfort and better handling.
The starting price for the 2020 Audi A3 Sportback is EUR 28.900 for the gasoline version with manual transmission in Germany.