What is it?
Audi’s strong-selling A3 has always impressed with an alluring combination of style, quality, dynamics and refinement. And that continues to be the case with this lightly facelifted version, not least in 2.0 TFSI guise as driven here.
In keeping with previous generations, the mid-life styling changes are mild and do not involve any sheet metal changes. At the front, there are revised headlights with optional matrix LED operation, a more angular single-frame grille and a reprofiled bumper.
The rear adopts revised tail-lights and a lightly modified bumper, both of which are said to provide a greater emphasis on perceived width. Audi has also introduced new equipment lines and safety systems.
Bucking the downsizing trend, the new 1984cc TFSI engine delivers subtle improvements in performance and fuel economy, thanks in part to the adoption of an Atkinson cycle combustion process. Power has increased by 10bhp, to 187bhp, while torque is up by 52lb ft at 236lb ft. This engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a new, optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.