2017 Audi A3, S3 Facelift Revealed, Get Matrix LEDs And More Power [121 Photos]

The Audi A3 isn’t the littlest Audi anymore, but it’s consistently one of the most prevalent, with an ever-expanding lineup. And it’s just received a nip and tuck to keep it fresh.

Big news on the outside is the addition of Matrix LED headlights for the A3 in the newly sharpened light housings. Xenons are now standard fare on the A3, with normal LED lights the upgrade. A grille that’s seemingly lifted off of the A4 sits between the lights. There are also five new exterior colors, according to Audi, bringing the roster of choices up to 12.

New features seen on the revised A3 have been seen first on recent Audis such as the second-generation Q7 and 2017 A4 line. Adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist is now on offer, as is active lane assist and emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

Audi’s glorious Virtual Cockpit is now an option, too. As in the TT, Q7 and A4, it looks like it will impress A3 drivers with sharp resolution over the 12.3-inch screen. A 7-inch screen still rises electrically from the dashboard for the MMI interface, but it’s unclear if it finally incorporates a USB port and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as the 2017 A4 now does.

The engine lineup now includes a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 115 horsepower at the bottom of the range, and a 2.0-liter turbo four with 190 horses towards the top. A new 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 110 horsepower serves as the economy choice for diesel power. The 204-horsepower A3 e-tron returns, too, as does the high-performance S3, which gets 10 more horsepower for a total of 310hp.

The revised A3 starts arriving in certain markets in May.

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  • Bo Hanan

    New sports-car from Porsche/McLaren/BMW/Lotus? Yes, 121 pictures.
    Anything from unoriginal Audi? NO! No 121 pictures.

  • Gustavo Adriano

    I don’t know say why, but it seems the the headlights fitted better in the sedan version…

  • Zandit75

    I don’t understand why they stick with the three door hatch. It’s definitely the most awkward looking of the models.
    The pick of the lot though is the sedan, almost bought one a couple of weeks ago, but we missed out on the deal.

    • TheHake

      It still sells.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    If I may put myself in charge at Audi, I would put the next generation 3 door and cabrio on the same wheelbase as the 5 door and make it more stylish. I’d give it a sloping backlight and cues from the pretty ’90s Coupe. The present one doesn’t sell particularly well because who wants to give up legroom for not much more style?

    • Six Thousand Times

      To wit:

      • Zandit75

        Agreed, I’d be changing the 3dr hatch into a coupe. It makes more sense.

      • TheHake

        That S2 is STILL a great looking car!

        • nooky

          looks better than the boring 2003.. ho wait yeah 2017 model.

  • RDS Alphard

    Wait a minute , did they just add a mouth on the lower part of the grille ? XD

    • Six_Tymes

      yes, and its smiling.

  • Denzel

    it looks more aggressive

  • TheHake

    Fatastic. And THIS is a proper photo gallery.

  • dumbfuck

    looks like a cheap A4 now, won’t buy

  • Vassilis

    Audi is about two things nowadays in terms of design. Lights and interiors. I’m fine with that.

  • fabri99

    The front bumper is a big mess.

  • Sébastien

    current owners will be happy, resell value will be high with their nicer headlights

    it’s already unpleasing on the A4, now on A3 too 🙁

    • Six_Tymes

      i think your right on that

  • dhoosee

    I was told at my local Audi dealer that they are no longer doing manual transmissions. Then I see their chintzy-looking dash (though the TFT display is interesting) and the high price tag, and I’m OUTTA THERE. I’ve owned four Audis in the past, but based on today’s boring designs, forget it.

  • MultiKdizzle

    A total refresh can’t come soon enough.

  • Nikos Kalantas Brother

    Audi A3 FL reminds me of socialistic conservatism.

  • Youssef

    I see some resemblance to Opel headlights (specially the new Corsa).

  • Dave H Cardona

    I think audi has lost it….

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