Audi opens its order books for new A314 June 2012
A breakthrough in premium compact hatchback quality and capability is about to be made as the all-new Audi A3 opens for UK ordering in its three-door form with prices starting from £19,205 OTR.
Subtly redefining the look of its supremely successful predecessor, and decisively elevating its dynamic character, fit and finish and on-board technology to a new plane, the third generation car also now has a UK specification which impresses at every level.
Redesigned from the ground up following the principles of 'Audi ultra' lightweight construction, the all-new A3 tips the scales an impressive 80 kg lighter on average than its predecessor, pegging the 1.4 TFSI model at just 1,175kg.
UK A3 models launch with a choice of three specification options – SE, Sport and S line. The entry level SE model features 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, the acclaimed MMI radio with its 11 millimetre-thin electrically folding screen, preparation for SD card navigation, Audi Music Interface iPod connection, a Driver Information System, the Bluetooth mobile phone interface and a multi-function steering wheel. It also offers voice control for many of its telephone and audio system functions.
Sport models upgrade to 17in alloy wheels and, for the first time at this level, feature the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system. This enables the driver to choose from five modes which dictate the car's driving characteristics – Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual.
They influence the weighting of the steering, the sensitivity of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the S tronic transmission if this is fitted and the parameters used by the optional adaptive cruise control system. Additional Sport features also include two-zone climate control, sports seats, sports steering wheel and aluminium detailing inside and out.
Highlights of the top S line specification include 18-inch alloy wheels, S line body styling, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps, an S line sports steering wheel and part-leather-upholstered sports seats embossed with the S line logo.
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