Audi adds new A3s to a range selling its socks off
TWO new Audi A3 Sportbacks have been added to the range as the luxury brand charges toward record Australian sales in 2013.
Since it was launched in May this year, the A3 has averaged 200 sales a month and the line-up can only gain momentum.
Two new high-tech powerplants have been added, a 1.4-litre Cylinder on Demand derivative which shuts down two of the four pots to help reduce fuel consumption, along with an all-wheel drive model that gains more grunt and sends power to all four wheels.
This pairing has arrived ahead of the performance-focused S3 that is due in December, while the A3 and S3 sedan are forecast to arrive early next year.
But for now, this latest dynamic duo is attracting the attention.
At low load, between 1300-1900rpm, the CoD Sportback can cruise on two cylinders.
The Cylinder on Demand engine sets you back $2300 more than the base $35,600 model but gives you more grunt (13 more kilowatts and an additional 50 Newton metres) along with improved efficiency.
Not much was wrong with the standard A3's performance, and when you throw all-wheel drive into the mix it just strengthens an admirable and agile hatch.
It costs $3000 more than the two-wheeler also powered by a 1.8-litre donk, although once again you gain extra horses for your coin.
The CoD comes in Attraction trim, which includes five-star safety, cruise control, leather trim, alloys, auto lights and wipers, leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, along with a slick 14.7cm colour screen for the stereo and Audi's multimedia system.
Stepping up into Ambition specification with the Quattro gains larger alloys, sports steering wheel, sports front seats, and a willing acceleration time of 6.8 seconds.
Model: Audi A3 Sportback 1.8 TFSI Quattro.
Details: All-wheel drive luxury compact hatch.
Engine: 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder generating maximum power of 132kW @ 4500-6200rpm and peak torque of 280Nm @ 1350-4500rpm.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic.
Consumption: 6.6 litres/100km.
Bottom line: $45,500 plus on-roads.
Model: Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI COD.
Engine: 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder generating maximum power of 103kW @ 5000rpm and peak torque of 250Nm @ 1500-3500rpm.
Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch automatic.
Consumption: 4.7 litres/100km.
Bottom line: $37,900 plus on-roads.