2020 Audi A3: Golf’s upmarket sibling is very handsome

The 2020 Audi A3 is the last of the Volkswagen Golf’s siblings to be released, after the Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon, and it’s evolutionary but handsome.

Using the new MQB Evo platform, the A3 will be available for the first time with a 48V mild hybrid. The powertrain includes a 1.5L turbo I4 gas engine, a small lithium-ion battery, and a belt alternator starter that recuperates energy can give a 9kW (12hp) and 50Nm (37 lb-ft) burst.

Mild hybrid cars can glide without the gas engine for up to 40s, and the system saves around 0.4L/100km.

At launch in the UK the A3 will have a 1.5L turbo I4 gas engine (35 TFSI) or a 2L turbo I4 diesel (35 TDI), both with 110kW (148hp), FWD, and a DCT. Upcoming models will have different diesel and gas engines, two plug-in hybrid drivetrains, and the option of AWD.

For this generation the only hatch available will have 5 doors. The 3 door has been axed as people move to more practical vehicles. A sedan is also being developed primarily for the US and China.

Standard features include a 10.25″ digital instrument display, 10.1″ touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlamps, and autonomous emergency braking.

Available features include matrix LED headlamps, wheels up to 19″, Nappa leather, adaptive cruise control, wireless phone charging, anda Bang & Olufsen sound systme.

Dimensions (compared to third generation)

Length: 4.34m (+30mm) | 170.9″ (+1.2″)
Width: 1.82m (+35mm) | 71.7″ (+1.4″)
Height: 1.43m (+10mm) | 56.3″ (+0.4″)
Wheelbase: 2.64m (+4mm) | 103.9″ (+0.2″)