2009 Audi A3 (Sportback) Quick Reference: USA Market

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September 5, 2008

Source: Audi of America


Key Summary Points

  • The Audi A3 is freshened for a September launch (U.S. launch was May 2005)
  • The Audi A3 now adds quattro all-wheel drive in its volume 2.0 TFSI setup combined with S tronic double clutch transmission
  • Audi Magnetic Ride option enhances ride/handling competence


  • Key competitors are Mini Cooper/Cooper S, Volvo C30 and S40, and BMW 1-series.


  • Audi signature LED daytime running lights.
  • Sporty proportions and muscular stance.
  • Reduced front overhang adds to visual sportiness.
  • Enhanced exterior and interior design, new wheel program.
  • Versatile interior design.


  • Optional Audi Magnetic Ride, also used in Audi TT since Spring 2007, adds to handling capabilities
  • Consistent use of high-strength and ultra-high strength steel grades for a highly rigid occupant cell with optimized deformation properties.


  • 2.0 TFSI direct injection engine with manual or S tronic (aka DSG)

    Stats: 200 hp, 207 lb-ft torque
  • Manual front-wheel drive
  • S tronic front-wheel drive
  • S tronic quattro permanent all-wheel drive (new)
  • 3.2 V6 engine with quattro permanent all-wheel drive with S tronic

    Stats: 250 hp, 236 lb-ft; 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds (S tronic); city/hwy 18/25

    Standard Equipment Changes with 2009 A3 for USA

  • Hill-hold assist – now standard on 2.0T manual (already standard on S tronic models)
  • Sirius satellite radio – now standard on all
  • Leather seating surfaces – now standard on all
  • Flexmetallic interior trim – replaces Matte interior trim on 2.0
  • Leather steering wheel – now standard
  • Aux audio input – standard on all
  • Ashtray / Smoker pkg – deleted on all (replaced with storage tray)
  • 3.2 only: Standard Bluetooth, Bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRL, and Open Sky
  • 3.2 only: No longer standard Symphony, Sport Suspension, Sport Seats

    Launch Timing and Pricing

  • USA Audi A3 goes on sale third quarter 2008 as a 2009 model year vehicle. It will be built in Ingolstadt, Germany.


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