September 2, 2015: Audi India has introduced new A3 40 TFSI Premium sedan for Rs. 25.50 lac (ex-showroom Delhi / Mumbai). The Premium Plus variant which costed Rs 30.2 lac has now been discontinued making 40 TFSI Premium the only petrol variant in the A3 range. Under the hood of the Audi, powering the front wheels is a 1.8-litre petrol engine which manages to produce 178bhp and 250Nm of torque. Power delivery is handled by a seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox which propels the car from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The car loses out on front parking sensors, fog lamps and tyre pressure monitoring system. Other features are scaled down, like 16-inch alloys instead of the 17-inch, audio response parking sensors (only rear) instead of a full display and halogen headlamps instead of the Xenons which were found on the Premium Plus. On the other hand, it gains an updated vehicle infotainment system with Audi music interface, Bluetooth interface, Passive Speakers and MMI radio. The Audi music interface allows portable media players to connect into MMI which enables customers to select albums, artists, genres or tracks with the MMI controls.
| 35 TDI Premium
1968 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 20.38 kmpl
| 35 TDI Premium Plus
1968 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 20.38 kmpl
| 35 TDI Technology
1968 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 20.38 kmpl
| 40 TFSI Premium
1798 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 16.6 kmpl
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Mileage (kmpl)||Transmission||Engine Description||Power|
|35 TDI Premium||Diesel||18.08||20.38||Automatic||1968cc
||143bhp @ 3500-4000rpm|
|35 TDI Premium Plus||18.08||20.38||Automatic||1968cc
||143bhp @ 3500-4000rpm|
|35 TDI Technology||18.08||20.38||Automatic||1968cc
||143bhp @ 3500-4000rpm|
|40 TFSI Premium||Petrol||12.4||16.6||Automatic||1798cc
||177.5bhp @ 5100-6200rpm|
As the festive season is fast approaching, several car manufacturers are lining up models to increase their numbers. Following suit, Audi India has introduced the base variant of their most affordable sedan, Audi A3. It has discontinued the only existing petrol trim '40TFSI Premium Plus' and replaced it with the new '40 TFSI Premium' version. Currently, it is the only TFSI version in the entire line-up and is priced almost 5 lakhs lower than the discontinued version. Because of this alteration in its price tag, it does lose out on some aspects. But, at the same time, it is incorporated with a newly designed set of 16-inch alloy wheels instead of the earlier 17-inch rims and also halogen lamps in place of xenon lights. It also gets parking sensors, but without a display. Meanwhile all other aspects such as two-zone air conditioning unit, driver information system, cruise control, multi-functional steering wheel and auto release function have been kept as standard. Under the hood, it is powered by the same 1.8-litre petrol mill that displaces 1798cc and returns a decent fuel economy. It has the ability to generate maximum power of 177bhp in combination with torque output of 250Nm. Whereas, the four other trims come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel mill that is coupled to a six speed dual-clutch automatic transmission gearbox. This sedan is bestowed with quite a number of protective aspects that keeps the vehicle as well as its occupants safe. Some of these advanced features include electronic stabilization control, anti slip regulation, first aid kit with warning triangle, central locking system and many other such aspects. As for its exteriors, its front fascia features a large hexagonal shaped radiator grille that is treated with a lot of chrome. Another attraction is the trendy headlight cluster, which is fitted with xenon plus headlamps. However, it is given to the Premium Plus and Technology trims, while the remaining versions are equipped with halogen headlamps. On its rear end, company's badge is embossed on its expressive boot lid that makes it look quite captivating. The well sculpted bumper is painted in body color and equipped with a pair of reflectors along with chrome exhaust pipes. As for its interiors, its cabin is done up with a two tone color scheme, which is further complimented by aluminum inlays on its smooth dashboard. The cabin also features well cushioned seats that are covered with leather upholstery, illuminated vanity mirrors, door sill trims with S line logo, and air vents that have aluminum finishing. The owners can also select from the various optional features in order to personalize it in the required manner. This vehicle faces competition from Mercedes-Benz CLA Class, Volvo S60, and a few others in the market.
This sedan series has got all the looks and style that can easily attract any buyer. It has an aerodynamic body structure that is fitted with many remarkable aspects. To describe its front facade, it has a sleek bonnet with a few expressive lines over it, which makes it look appealing. Then, it features a well designed headlight cluster that includes turn indicators. Its top end trims are equipped with xenon plus headlamps along with automatic headlight range adjustment function. Besides these, it also includes LED daytime running light strip, which further gives it an impressive look. This luminous cluster surrounds the large hexagonal shaped radiator grille that has horizontal slats and gets a chrome surround. At the center of this grille, the prominent company's logo is also neatly embossed. The frontage also features a distinctly designed body colored bumper, which is fitted with a couple of air ducts. The side profile of this sedan looks quite attractive with some interesting features. It includes an expressive line that stretches along with its length and enhances its appearance further. It also includes high gloss black B pillars, body colored door handles and outside mirrors, which are further integrated with LED side turn blinkers. Moreover, its window sill gets chrome finishing that further adds to its classiness. The wheel arches are neatly carved and equipped with a stylish set of alloy wheels that have a ten spoke design. Coming to its rear end, it has a trendy tail light cluster that comes with LED brake lights as well as turn indicators. The boot lid has the company's logo and variant badging engraved on it. Then, there is a wide windshield that includes a defogger and a high mount stop lamp. The bumper is painted in body color and fitted with a pair of reflectors. Apart from these, it also has chrome garnished dual exhaust pipes that further gives a captivating look to its rear end. Exterior Measurements: It is built with an overall length of 4456mm, which is quite good and has a total height of 1416mm. It has a decent width of 1796mm, which goes up to 1960mm if external mirrors are included. This vehicle has a long wheelbase of 2637mm, while its ground clearance comes to 165mm. It comes with the front and rear tread of 1555mm and 1526mm respectively.
The automaker has designed its interiors in an elegant way that gives a pleasant feel to its occupants. It comes with a roomy cabin that is decorated with a dual tone color scheme. It is further complimented by the aluminum inlays on dashboard and door panels, which further adds to its classiness. There are wide and well cushioned seats that are covered with fine quality fabric upholstery in the entry level trim. The front seats have electrically adjustment function, while the passenger seat is manually adjusted in the base trim. There is also center armrest available with angle and length ways adjustment facility. Meanwhile, the rear seat comes with split folding function, which is useful in making additional space for luggage. On the other hand, its cockpit looks quite impressive with some sophisticated aspects. It includes a smooth dashboard that is uniquely designed and integrated with a few advanced equipments. It has a four spoke multi functional steering wheel that is wrapped with fine leather. It is also mounted with audio and call function switches. The instrument cluster includes a few functions and also displays several notifications. Another interesting feature is the infotainment system with a 7-inch high display screen. Besides these, the fine chrome treatment is also given to aspects like the door handles, steering wheel as well as gear shift knob that further gives it a rich look. There are also four lashing points provided in the luggage compartment, which avoids the movement of luggage and other things. Moreover, it also comes with coat hooks on the B-pillars, two cup holders in the center console and another two holders in the rear. Besides these, the firm has also offered it with storage and luggage compartment package. This includes storage nets on the back of the front seat backrests and in the front passenger foot well, luggage compartment net and a 12V power socket in the rear center console.
This impressive sedan series is bestowed with a number of comfort features that makes the ride quite enjoyable. It comes with a deluxe automatic air conditioning unit that aids in regulating the temperature inside. The electrical adjustment facility to the front seats is a plus point as, this allows the passengers to position them as required. There are sun visors available at front, which come along with illuminated vanity mirrors. It has power operated front and rear windows, while the heated outside mirrors are electrically adjustable and foldable as well. The mid and top end trims are also blessed with a cruise control function that helps in maintaining a steady speed set by the driver. The parking system is another aspect that makes reverse parking easier by giving acoustic signals. Besides these, it has storage compartments in the door side trims and under the driver's seat as well. It also has a 12V power socket using which, the occupants can charge their mobile phones and other electronic gadgets. The round shaped air vents fitted on the dashboard are useful in spreading the cool air in the entire cabin to give a comfortable feel to its passengers. Then, there is an advanced instrument cluster that has two analog meters with color display. The steering wheel is quite responsive and it comes with tilt adjustment function. It also features a driver information display that has a 3.5-inch high resolution color display. In addition to these, it also includes an inside rear view mirror with anti-dazzling function, spacious glove box compartment, assist grips, power steering with tilt adjustment, room lamp, rear parking aid, Pre sense basic, foldable rear seat, start and stop system, auto release function, rear view camera, Bluetooth interface, Sound System and a few other such advanced aspects that enhance the level of convenience.
This luxury sedan is designed with a spacious cabin that can take in five people with ease. It offers the front head room of 1006mm, which is 924m in the rear. The elbow room in the front and rear cabin comes to 1453mm and 1423mm respectively. Meanwhile, it offers shoulder space of 1392mm in the front and 1345mm in the rear. Whereas, the leg room is also quite impressive owing to its long wheelbase. On the other hand, it comes with a boot space of 425 litres that can be further extended up to 880 litres by folding the rear seat. This vehicle comes with a large fuel tank of 50 litres, which is quite suitable for planning long journeys.
Its diesel power plant is paired with a 6-speed S tronic automatic transmission gearbox. This enables the vehicle to reach a top speed of 215 Kmph and to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in just around 8.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the TFSI based petrol mill is skillfully coupled with a seven speed S tronic automatic transmission gearbox, which makes shifting quite easier. This motor takes around 7.3 seconds to break the speed limit of 100 Kmph and attains a maximum speed of about 250 Kmph.
The manufacturer has offered this model series with two engine options for the buyers to select from. It has a 1.8-litre petrol mill that comes with a total displacement capacity of 1798cc. This mill is integrated with a turbo fuel stratified injection system that aids in returning a decent mileage. It can belt out an impressive power of 177bhp in combination with torque output of 250Nm, which is rather good. It is also paired with a 7-Speed S tronic automatic transmission gear box. Meanwhile, it also has a 2.0-litre diesel motor that has the ability to displace 1968cc. The firm has incorporated it with a common rail direct injection system and coupled it with a six speed S tronic automatic transmission gear box. This can generate a peak power of 143bhp besides delivering torque output of 320Nm. Both the drive-trains carry four cylinders, 16 valves and are based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration.
It has a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel mill that is integrated with the common rail direct injection system. As per the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), this motor returns a maximum mileage of 20.38 Kmpl on the bigger roads and around 16 Kmpl within the city. Its petrol mill comes with a turbo fuel stratified injection system. This helps in giving a fuel economy of 16.60 Kmpl.
The 1798cc petrol mill has the ability of generating a maximum power of 177bhp and a yields torque output of 250Nm. Whereas, the 2.0-litre TDI power-plant can belt out a peak power of 143bhp that results in a torque output of 320Nm.
This model series is blessed with a number of sophisticated features and one among them is the infotainment system. It comes with an MMI radio that includes a single CD player with two SDHC memory card readers. It also features the MMI control panel, AM and FM reception along with speed dependent volume control function. Whereas, the music interface gives connection to the Apple iPod, iPhone, MP3 players and USB storage media as well. This is present in the center console and operated using the MMI control panel. Besides these, it comes with the Bluetooth interface that enables hands free mobile phone connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming. The MMI touch including a touch pad is quite useful in search and retrieve function. The sound system is another aspect that comes with a total of ten speakers including a center speaker as well as sub woofer. It also has a 6-channel amplifier that gives a total output of 180 watts. In addition to these, the owners of this vehicle can also opt for accessories that can help in enhancing its style as well as comfort quotients. These include attractive body graphics, leather upholstery in the entry level trim, carpet mats, side moldings and many other such features.
The German automaker always ensures an exceptional performance in terms of both braking and suspension. It has equipped the vehicle's front wheels with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while used solid disc brakes for the rear ones. It is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist as well. In terms of suspension, it has affixed its front axle with a McPherson Struts along with lower wishbone. Whereas the rear axle is assembled with a four link suspension with separate spring based shock absorber arrangement. These are further loaded with tubular anti roll bars that improves this mechanism and helps in keeping it well balanced at all times. On the other hand, it comes with a rack and pinion based electro mechanic power assisted steering system that has a speed dependent control. It comes with tilt adjustment function and gives precise steering response.
This sedan series is loaded with quite a number of safety aspects that ensures high level of protection to its passengers and the vehicle as well. It is built with a rigid body structure featuring crumple zones and impact beams. This aids in protecting the passengers from injuries in the event of a collision. It comes with advanced aspects like anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. The rest recommendation system is another feature, which analyzes the driving behavior and notifies the driver. There are dual front, side as well knee airbags offered for added protection. The adaptive brake light automatically flashes during an emergency stop and warns the following traffic. The anti slip regulation system avoids spinning of wheels by reducing engine power and increases traction. In addition to all these, it includes manual child safety locks on rear doors, took kit and jack first aid kit, remote central locking, wheel bolts, space saving spare wheel, parking system, warning triangle, electronic stabilization control, electronic vehicle immobilization device, seat belts for all occupants and a few other such aspects that further enhances the level of security.
The entry level trim including the newly launched TSFI Premium version are offered with a stylish set of 16-inch alloy wheels. These rims are fitted with tubeless radial tyres bearing the size 205/55 R16. Meanwhile, the other variants are are fitted with a modish set of five spoke styled, 17 inch alloy wheels. They are embraced with 225/45 R17 sized radial tubeless tyres.
1. Eye catching exteriors with striking aspects.
2. Safety standards are up to the mark.
3. Availability of innovative comfort features.
4. Its petrol mill gives an impressive performance.
5. Roomy internal section with comfortable seating arrangement.
1. Interior styling and designing can be made more appealing.
2. Its oil burner's noise and vibrations should be controlled.
3. Its low ground clearance is a major drawback.
4. Panoramic sunroof can be offered as standard feature.
5. Number of authorized service stations should be increased.
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|35 TDI Premium |
|35 TDI Premium Plus |
|35 TDI Technology |
|40 TFSI Premium |
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