The Audi A3: Equipment

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August 28, 2006

Source: Audi AG

It is in the very genes of all Audi S models that they come with highly sophisticated, exclusively sporty equipment. The new S3, which has a starting price of EUR 35,150 in Germany, has a host of features that are taken straight from the luxury car class.

These include xenon plus headlights as standard equipment. They are combined with economically dimmed bulbs that constantly produce light for daytime running – a safety technology that Audi has played an instrumental role in pioneering. The adaptive light cornering lights are also available as an option. A headlight washer system and front fog lights round off the lighting technology.

By way of passive protection there are six airbags, including the sideguard head airbag system, extending all the way from the A to C-post, as well as the front airbags and the side airbags integrated into the seats. In the event of a rear-end collision, the front seats cushion the upper body and support the head thanks to their special shape. Belt force limiters are fitted on all outer seats. A safe, comfortable Isofix child seat mounting on the rear bench seat is likewise standard in Germany, and can be supplied as an option for the front passenger’s seat.

Driver information system: lap time display

The driver information system includes a digital speedometer and a new type of display for lap times on a racing circuit. There are other features supplied as standard which enhance comfort and convenience. Both front seats are adjustable in height, and a stand-up sun screen is integrated into the rear shelf. The deluxe automatic air conditioning gauges the position of the sun by sensor and then takes it into account in its control strategy, allowing the temperature to be adjusted in two separate zones for the driver and front passenger.

The interior’s character is dictated by various exclusive details. The sports seats are upholstered in cloth/leather, Alcantara/Leather or simply leather, and the leather sports steering wheel has a flat-bottomed rim (optional extra) – this steering wheel can also be supplied with buttons for radio and telephone operation, as can the standard sports steering wheel. Aluminium applications, inlays in piano finish and headlining in a choice of black or silver create further sporty notes.

This powerful, compact car is also outwardly very distinctive – thanks to elements such as the roof spoiler, the front and rear aprons, the diffuser, the prominent sills and the S sports suspension with the large 18-inch wheels. Aluminium winter wheels 17 and 18 inches in diameter are available, and a tyre pressure monitoring display can be ordered as an option.

The range of equipment available from quattro GmbH includes exclusive details such as bucket seats with a folding function, and 18-inch wheels in four special designs.

High-end sounds: sound system from Bose

There are also ultramodern, attractive extras for the S3 in the field of communication – a universal mobile phone preparation, iPod preparation and three latest-generation radio systems. They are of double DIN format and are notable for their enhanced VHF reception, simpler operation and large, three-line displays.

For an even more exclusive option, there is the top-of-the range sound system from Bose, which operates with a six-channel amplifier and eight high-performance speakers. The navigation systems for the S3, the controls of which take the much-praised MMI system from Audi’s larger car lines as their basis, are further exclusive options.

There are yet more comfort and convenience features available optionally. These include heated front and rear seats, a load-through hatch, a front centre armrest, an Audi parking system, a light/rain sensor with automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror and a cruise control system. The accessories catalogue includes a variety of child seats and racks for cycles, skis and roof boxes.

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