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 Saloon||1.4TFSI CoD||Sport||140||S tronic||£24,305|
|A3 Saloon||1.4TFSI CoD||S line||140||S tronic||£26,455|
|A3 Saloon||1.8TFSI||Sport||180||S tronic||£25,955|
|A3 Saloon||1.8TFSI||S line||180||S tronic||£28,105|
|A3 Saloon||2.0TDI||S line||150||manual||£26,425|