Audi has confirmed the UK pricing for the new Audi A3 Saloon.  The range will start from £24,275 for the 2.0 TDI Sport and rise to £28,105 for the 1.8 TFSI S Line.  First deliveries are expected in the autumn.

The Audi A3 Saloon is 13 cm longer than the five-door A3 Sportback, 11 mm wider but 9 mm lower, and features an impressive 425 litres of luggage space – 45 litres more than the five-door model.

The Saloon is available in two trim levels – Sport and S Line – and both feature sports suspension as standard.  A more comfort-oriented set-up is available as an option.

Sport models sit on 17-inch alloy wheels, while the S Line upgrades to an 18-inch wheel, together with part-leather upholstery, S Line steering wheel, additional body styling, xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.

Full LED headlights will be available later in 2013 as an option.  A further 10 mm reduction in ride height is also available for the S Line model.

The engine range starts with a 140 PS 1.4-litre TFSI with cylinder-on-demand technology.  At low engine load, the system deactivates two cylinders to reduce fuel consumption.  Together with start/top technology, it can achieve 60.1 mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.  Peak torque of 250Nm helps the 1.4 model to 62 mph in 8.4 seconds, and on to a 135 mph top speed.

The 1.8-litre TFSI produces 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque, enough to drop the 0-62 mph time to 7.3 seconds and increase the top speed to 146 mph.  Combined economy is 50.4 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.

The diesel unit in the range is the 2.0-litre 150 PS TDI with a torquey 320 Nm.  It can hit 62 mph in 8.7 seconds, a top speed of 137 mph, 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle, and emits just 107 g/km of CO2.

The diesel version is fitted with Audi’s DSG-style S tronic transmission as standard, which is controlled with by the gearshift lever or steering wheel-mounted paddles.  It also offers a free-wheeling function to further reduce fuel consumption.

More engine options, including quattro all-wheel-drive models, will follow later.

Audi A3 Saloon UK Pricing

A3 Saloon1.4TFSI CoDSport140S tronic£24,305
A3 Saloon1.4TFSI CoDS line140S tronic£26,455
A3 Saloon1.8TFSISport180S tronic£25,955
A3 Saloon1.8TFSIS line180S tronic£28,105
A3 Saloon2.0TDISport150manual£24,275
A3 Saloon2.0TDIS line150manual£26,425