Cheaper Audi A3 launched

  • New entry-level Audi A3
  • 1.2 TFSI produces same power as 1.6 TDI
  • Priced from £17,905; order now for May delivery
Audi A3 1.2 TFSI
Audi A3 1.2 TFSI
The Audi A3 range is now cheaper to get into with the launch of a new entry-level 1.2 TFSI version.

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.

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By Matthew Burrow

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