July 20, 2004
Text and photos courtesy of Audi AG
A new model is appearing in the premium compact class: the A3 Sportback is characterised by the sporting elegance of a coupé and the versatility of a five-door vehicle, sophisticated technology and well-defined driving dynamics.
A3 Sportback: At A Glance
A high level look at the new A3’s design, powerplants, suspension, and other features.
A3 Sportback: Driving Pleasure in a New Guise
What is the new Audi A3 Sportback? Where is it positioned and what’s the overall goal behind this vehicle?
A3 Sportback: Design
The A3 Sportback is unmistakable: its front end is dominated by the striking single-frame radiator grille with the striking continuous chrome strip.
A3 Sportback: Engine and Transmission
The A3 Sportback includes a wide range of petrol and diesel engine variants mated to DSG, 5 and 6-speed transmissions.
A3 Sportback: Running Gear
Combining driving dynamics and superior comfort all in one, the suspension, brakes and steering are examined here.
A3 Sportback: Body
Like its three-door counterpart, the five-door Audi A3 Sportback is a paragon of what is possible in a modern steel body.
A3 Sportback: Equipment & Trim
The A3 Sportback includes a long list of standard equipment as well as optional extras.
Engine Data Sheets:
- 2.0 TDI
- 1.9 TDI
- 3.2 quattro
- 2.0 FSI
- 1.6 FSI
- 2.0 TFSI