A highly sophisticated suspension design is equally as important for the excellent driving dynamics of the Audi A3 Sportback: the McPherson front suspension, which has been further refined compared with the first A3 generation, and the innovative four-link independent rear suspension.
The suspension is designed for sporty and agile handling offering a high standard of stability, and producing an excellent cornering performance and a high level of comfort in conjunction with both front-wheel and quattro drive.
Wheels of between 16 and 18 inches in size (the 17-inch wheels are standard on Ambition models) improve performance on the road and also add a sporty visual touch. The power of the engines is reflected by the equally powerful brake system with a large brake disc diameter.
Like the three-door Audi A3, the Sportback is also fitted with electromechanical steering with speed-dependent power assistance, a system praised unanimously by the trade press. This combines optimum feedback from steering movements with a low level of sensitivity to vibration from the road, and also consumes far less energy than a conventional system.
As a typical Audi, the A3 Sportback sets a benchmark with its premium standard of equipment. This starts with the choice of equipment line: Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente offer a wide diversity that allows plenty of scope for individual creativity.
Apart from the different wheels and functional differences, these lines also differ in terms of upholstery materials, steering wheels and inlays. Just one example: whilst the inlays in Attraction models come in grained, matt-painted plastic, those in the sporty Ambition versions have a black or blue piano finish. Ambiente models have Vavona wood Bernstein inlays. Walnut or aluminium inlays are available as options for all versions.
Standard items on Attraction models include electric front windows and central locking with radio-operated remote control. The driver's seat has height adjustment as another standard feature.
It goes without saying that safety features such as the electronic stabilisation program (ESP), the new front seats with active head restraints, front and side airbags for driver and front passenger and the sideguard head airbag system are all a part of the A3 Sportback.
All A3 Sportback models are available in 15 different exterior colours ranging from Arctic White to Brilliant Black, from Toucan Yellow to Deep Green and Liquid Blue, with three colours coming as standard.