Available in SA: pricing and specification for Audi's new A3, S3 models announced

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• Audi's new A3 and S3 has been launched in South Africa.

• Sales will officially commence on 1 August 2021.

• The line-up is priced between R561 000 and R810 000.

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The new Audi A3 will officially go on sale come 1 August 2021, in both Sportback and sedan body styles. Having first arrived locally in 1998, it became a firm favourite among buyers in the premium segment, with more than 63 000 units rolling off showroom floors over the last 23 years.

The Sportback is now in its fourth generation, while the sedan is in its second. Both body styles share the same architecture and drivetrains and are available in the hot(ter) S3 guise. Come the second quarter of 2022, Audi South Africa will introduce the RS 3 Sportback and RS 3 sedan to the local market.

The A3 Sportback is slightly bigger than the model it replaces, coming in at 4.34m in length and 1.82m wide. Audi claims a boot space of 380L that can expand to 1 200L when the rear seats are folded flat. The A3 sedan is 15cm longer than the Sportback, with the remaining dimensions left unchanged. With the rear seats erected, boot space is rated at 425L. The tailgate for both the Sportback and sedan can be electronically operated upon request.

Engine line-up

Locally, the A3 range, including the S3, will be available with a choice of three engines. Come November 2021, the 40 TFSI engine (2.0-litre, turbo petrol) will join the fray, offering 140kW and 320Nm. However, from launch, buyers can choose between the 35 TFSI mill and the S3 TFSI.

The A3 35 TFSI's 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine offers 110kW/250Nm, channelled to the front wheels via an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The A3 40 TFSI will send its power to the front tyres via a seven-speed S Tronic transmission.

The S3's turbocharged 2.0-litre engine offers 213kW and 400Nm, sent to all four wheels via what Audi calls a "quick-shifting" seven-speed S Tronic gearbox. Performance for the S3 is a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds.

Audi S3
2021 Audi S3

Driver focused interior

Audi says that the new A3's interior "is wholly focused on the driver" and that it adopts various elements from its bigger siblings. These include the standard 10.1-inch touch display that has been integrated into the instrument panel's centre. In front of the driver, the instrument cluster relays all the necessary driving information, but owners can opt for the optional Technology Package that includes Audi's virtual cockpit.

The S3's interior is largely unchanged from the standard range, but features notable tidbits - like red stitching and a flat-bottom steering wheel - to make its intent clear.

READ: REVIEW | Audi A1 30 TFSI Advanced an ideal entry to buying a premium hatchback in SA

Audi has also simplified the options lists, and can prospective buyers now opt for an umbrella package that encompasses the following:

• Upgrade: LED lights, 2-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirror, rear parking aid.

• Technology: Audi virtual cockpit plus, MMI navigation plus, Audi connect navigation & infotainment, rear USB ports with charging function.

• Sports: black styling exterior elements, black mirrors, 18-inch wheel, sports suspension.

• S line interior: armrest in leatherette, centre armrest, S emblems, black headliner fabric, stainless steel pedals, sports seats, decorative inserts in dark aluminium.

Audi S3
2021 Audi S3


The new Audi A3 range is priced as follows (inclusive of all taxes) and comes standard with a five year Audi Freeway Plan:

• Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI                                 R561 000

• Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI Advanced              R586 000

• Audi A3 Sportback 35 TFSI S line                      R601 000

• Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI S line                      R641 000

• Audi S3 Sportback TFSI quattro                        R795 000

• Audi A3 Sedan 35 TFSI                                       R576 000

• Audi A3 Sedan 35 TFSI Advanced                     R601 000

• Audi A3 Sedan 35 TFSI S line                              R616 000

• Audi A3 Sedan 40 TFSI S line                              R656 000

• Audi S3 Sedan TFSI quattro                                 R810 000

Audi A3
2021 Audi A3 sedan
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