Cheaper Audi A3 launched
The 1.2-litre petrol unit produces 104bhp – the same as the 1.6 TDI engine – and drives the A3 from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds.
Power is delivered through the standard six-speed manual transmission or optional seven-speed S tronic semi-automatic gearbox. Claimed average economy is 57.6mpg with either gearbox, while the manual version emits 114g/km of CO2, with the auto at 112g/km.
The A3 1.2 TFSI is available in three trims: SE, Sport and S line. Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and alloy wheels.
Dealers are taking orders for the three-door hatchback version now, with the first deliveries in May. The five-door A3 1.2 TFSI Sportback will be available to order later in the summer.
Prices for the three door start at £17,905 while the Sportback is expected to start at around £18,500.
By Matthew Burrow