The upcoming year is going to bring us the awaited 2018 Audi A3 back again with its sedan form going through its first facelift. This is probably nothing new as it has been expected for this to happen, but are still excited seeing this version brought to life even with the stunning design that the brand offers now. Audi has already released all of the other versions of the A3 model and the announcement of the sedan is one that was saved for last.
Audi first released its A3 model back in 1996. It immediately spawned success to the brand and made great sales numbers. The original car was released as a three-door hatchback at first, but the popularity of the car sparked other forms which came later. Namely we soon saw the release of a five-door hatchback version and even a cabriolet. What made the car interesting was the use of the then newts Group A platform introduced by Volkswagen. The underpinnings for the A3 were shared with some other Audi models, like the TT, but also other vehicle in the market.
In 2012, he Audi A3 entered in its third-generation of models and it was glorious redesign which was liked by a lot of fans. A year later we were finally introduced to the long awaited sedan version of the A3 model. This model saw its releases in Germany and after that in UK which also spread the cars on other markets that they own. The 2018 version of the A3 car is going to be the first facelift that Audi has scheduled to make for its sedan version. It will refresh the car a bit and give it a contemporary look which will make it appealing to the fans even more.
The facelift will bring various features to the 2018 Audi A3 model. The exterior is going to be upgraded a bit, but not as much as you would believe it to be as Audi is already known to make small changes to their redesigns. The interior will include more gadgets and more assistance features for the driver and we will finally get to see Audi’s virtual cockpit integrated here. Do not forget that we are also being treated to a whole new range of engines which are going to be added for use here as well.
After the initial tease that we got with the release of the spy photos back in December, where we saw the 2018 Audi A3 doing cold weather testing, now we have the confirmation of the release date and the more reliable details about the car. Our review will help you find out all the main details that you need about the latest 2018 A3 model.
When is the Release Date Scheduled?
The newest 2018 Audi A3 model is getting its facelift and the sedan version is next in line. As the car has already been released in its hatchback thee-door form and it also followed up with the Sportback and the Cabriolet, the time has finally come for the sedan version to appear. It was not a surprise to see this one coming but still it was excited to finally see what they have prepared for us in the end. The first tease came with the spy photos back in the beginning of the year and it was followed up with a lot of rumors and estimations. Now we have some solid evidence of the car appearing and it is expected to make its debut by the end of 2017 when the car becomes available for sale. Fans are certainly going to lineup and flock to get their own model as this one is considered a fan favorite by many.
What is the Price of the 2018 Audi A3 Car?
Luckily, the pricing for all of the 2018 Audi A3 trims has been already announced. The vehicle is still going to appear in three trim levels and the sedan’s price is only going to change slightly compared to the outgoing version. All three versions are either available in its FWD form or Quattro, with the latter costing approximately 3 grand more than the former ones. Thus the Premium trim is offered for $31,950, the Premium Plus costs $35,200 and the highest trim is the Prestige which is valued at $40,700. All prices are given as a base MSRP cost.
A Very Amusing Facelift Design
The newest 2018 Audi A3 looks good. It has been reshaped in a way that it still keeps to it identity, but has added just enough of significant improvement to make this car both relevant and new compared to some of the other models on the market. The front end of the car is sharpen up a little bit and it adds changes made for the grille and headlights. The adopted changes actually make the front end of the car seem sportier in appearance and give it a modern look. The air splitter below the grille is there and the lower part of the car, just below the grille, has added a completely new shape making this car almost unrecognizable compared to before.
The side of the car has not changed almost at all. You will see the same double body line for the lower part of the doors which also makes for a 3D appearance of the model. The line does look a little bit more dramatic compared to last time but does not significantly reshape the car. The wheels of the car are 16-inhces as standard while 17-, 18-, and 19-inch ones are available across the trim levels that the A3 offers. Some come standard and some are optional.
The back part of the car still has an overall similar shape, but there are some pieces which differentiate it from the outgoing versions. You can still see the small deck lid which comes with small lip integrated within it. There are also some character lines that wrap around the rear fascia part and there are also some sharper parts which also change the appearance as well. Finally, there are dual-exhaust pipes peeping from below the vehicle. All in all, the general new appearance of the car is of a sportier model which looks remarkably better compared to the one that we had last year.
Interior Innovations and Changes for the 2018 Audi A3
Generally speaking, the inside of the 2018 Audi A3 is very similar to the outgoing one, design wise. But we are very much glad to see that the announced changes are going to upgrade the tech and made the vehicle much more technologically superior compared to the competition. The only changes is that they circular vents have been now released with more details to them, while everything else is mostly recognizable and almost the same.
But the most important piece of news related to the 2018 Audi A3 is the addition of the Audi’s virtual cockpit. It will add digital instrument cluster and will also include a 12.3-inch diagonal screen for the instrument cluster instead of the analogue gauges. There are even two modes that you can chose for the display and customize the interior the way you like it. You will also notice an upgraded MMI system as it comes with a new menu design. You can use a seven-inch display and the standard rotary knob to operate it as before. MMI navigation and MMI touch are still only offered optionally. The system also comes with a 4G LTE connection and it allows for media streaming and calendar transfer that you can do directly from your smartphone.
So as you can see the 2018 Audi A3’s inside has not changed in a way to dazzle you with style. Although it is still as comfortable as it gets, the idea behind this reshaping was to present a more modern interior. This will probably suit more of the contemporary audiences and younger crowds.
Powertrain Choices for the 2018 Audi A3
There are some innovations made for the powertrain choices for the 2018 Audi A3 model. The European market models are going to come with a total of six engine choices, with the three-cylinder version appearing for the first time. We are talking about the three-cylinder 1.0-liter, TFSI, gasoline engine that has the capacity to make 115 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. We also have the newest 1.4-liter, TFSI, COD four-cylinder that comes with the latest and added technology and help the car make 150 horses and 184 lb-ft of torque. The final gasoline and the top tier offer is the new, 2.0-liter, TFSI four-cylinder engine, making 190 hp and 236 pound-feet of twist.
There are some novelties when it comes to the diesel option. New for the 2018 version is the 1.6-liter TDI which provides 110 horsepower. After that come the two 2.0-liter TDI, with the first one offering 150 horsepower and 250.8 pound-feet of torque and the second one with an output of 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All versions of the car will come with either a six-speed manual transmission or you can opt for the S Tronic seven-speed dual clutch ones as well.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
The advancements made with the engines for the 2018 Audi A3 are not really going to affect the acceleration so much. The models are primarily going to have a similar acceleration ability and similar top speed. This means that the car is still going to be able to reach 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds while the top speed of the car is going to be made to be 130 mph as it is currently estimated. Probably advanced and better specs might be expected with the next generation models but for now this is what we got.
Fuel Economy Specs for the 2018 Audi A3
There are going to be some improvement made for the fuel economy of the 2018 Audi A3. The current models were able to generation a consumption of 29 mpg within the FWD and 27 mph with the AWD version. But with the 2018 version of the A3 model it will improve a little bit. As it was stated, the estimations about the consumption say that this new model might go as far as 24 mpg within the city and 33 on the highway. The Sportback A3 is still the most efficient version as it is able to reach numbers of 26 mpg city, 35 highway, 29 combined in FWD and 24/31/27 mpg for the AWD. The Cabriolet ones are a little bit heavier and generate 22/30/25 mpg as the EPA states.
Size and Dimensions are the Same for the 2018 Audi A3
As this is a facelift for the 2018 Audi A3, the model will retain the same dimensions that the previous sedan version had. There was no need to add any extra inches this time as the model works perfectly fine. The spacing on the inside is plentiful and the comfort levels are fine for his model so being that these are mostly the reasons why people decide to make the car bigger, there was no need for that to be done this time.
Newest Safety Additions for the 2018 Audi A3
For starters, the 2018 Audi A3 will mainly carryover the majority of its safety specs that the vehicle had before. But with the addition of the newest gadgets and advanced technology. The standard piece of equipment is the Audi Pre Sense Front system, which adds xenon headlights, a rearview camera and automatic emergency braking. But we are also expecting to see some advanced pieces of equipment, namely blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and full LED headlights that come with automatic high beans. It will certainly market the vehicle safer than the version seen before.
What Rivals are Established in the Segment?
The facelifted version of the sedan 2018 Audi A3 only means that the next generation model is still far away. The release of the next-gen car is planed but the facelift is there to update the model to modern standards and make it more competitive. There are a lot of cars which are already truly established here and which have already adopted the modernistic standards of the contemporary market so competing against them is hard if you are not prepared. The featured cars in the segment that the Audi A3 is supposed to compete in include models such as Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, which are perhaps the leading ones here, and also the Buick Regal models, which have expanded recently. All in all, the update is going to help and we will see how the car fares against the competition in the future.
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