Audi's famed premium hatchback undergoes a mega-makeover to enter its fourth-generation.
The fourth-generation Audi A3 Sportback has been unveiled and like all new Audi models, it's the latest one to receive the brand's latest and most progressive design language. The new pointy LED headlamps, coupled with the LED segment DRLs give the car an aggressive face and the new Singleframe grille looks elegant as ever. Similar updates on the rear profile of the new A3 Sportback give the car a stronger resemblance to its elder siblings. The exterior changes aren't just cosmetic, as the fourth-gen model has grown in size as well - about 30mm longer (4,340mm) and wider (1,820mm) than its predecessor. The height (1,430mm) & wheelbase (2,640mm) though, remain unchanged.
Inside, the cabin has received thorough updates as well. The standard digital instrument cluster (10.25-inch - Audi Virtual Cockpit) can be optionally upgraded to a 12.3-inch unit (with the Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus), which sits on a straight-forward but more angular dashboard. Unlike the more expensive models though, the 2021 A3 Sportback gets a single 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen at the centre, with the HVAC operations still carried out by conventional buttons located below the screen.
As for the powertrain options (for the European market), two engines – one petrol and one diesel – will be offered in three states of tune. The 1.5-litre TFSI petrol motor develops 148bhp and the 2.0-litre TDI diesel will be offered as a 114bhp version or a 148bhp version (same output as the petrol unit). Transmission options include a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed S-Tronic automatic. At the time of its launch, the 2021 A3 Sportback will only be offered as a front-wheel-drive model. However, Audi has confirmed that quattro (all-wheel-drive) versions will join the line-up in the near future, with more powertrain options.