2019 Audi A3: Styling, Tech, Engines And Everything Else We Know

Audi’s next-generation A3 Sportback has been spied out and about recently wearing some rather psychedelic test-mule cladding. Fortunately for us, much of the design is apparent though the camouflage leaving only details to the imagination.

So, how does it look with no camo altogether? Well let’s take a rendered first look at Ingolstadt’s upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class fighter in all its redesigned glory.

What Is It?

Now entering its fourth-generation, the 2019 A3 replaces the current car,which has been in service since 2012 and was one of the first Volkswagen Group models to use the flexible MQB architecture.

The new A3 is expected to raise the bar in response to Mercedes-Benz’s latest A-Class, although it will only be offered in 5-door Sportback and sedan iterations this time round, as consumer appetite for 3-door hatches is waning across the board.

Refined Styling

As with many new arrivals from Audi, you won’t see any radical design changes. Here it’s all about adapting the freshest look in an evolutionary sense.

Frontal styling is dominated by Audi’s large single-frame grille, flat hood, matrix LED headlights with larger lower cutouts and angular DRL’s. Side surfacing along the doors features deep lower scallops and an sportier roofline with slimmer rear quarter windows (like Audi’s latest Q3).

LED tail lamps have a similar outer shape to the front headlights, whilst the rear bumper features chiselled cutouts containing slim reflector lenses. S3 models have exposed exhausts, whilst they’re hidden in lessor variants.

Improved Cabin

Whilst we’ve yet to set eyes on the design of the cabin, expect the A3 to grow slightly in dimensions, fixing that bugbear of the current car – cramped rear legroom.

2019 Audi Q3 Crossover interior pictured

Expect similar tech to filter down from the 2019 Q3; like its Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster, large touch-screen MMI setup with haptic feedback, wireless phone charging, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, 680 watt Bang & Olufsen premium sound and a myriad of customization options.

MQB Underpinnings

As with the outgoing A3, the new car will continue to use the German brand’s flexible MQB architecture. This common platform will also underpin VW Group siblings like the upcoming Volkswagen Golf Mk8 and new SEAT Leon, both of which are tipped to debut next year.

Count on subtle refinements when it comes to steering and suspension, along with more driver assist technology; such as adaptive cruise with stop-and-go, traffic jam assist, park assist and active lane keeping.

Potent Performance

We anticipate a range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines in 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre guises, with outputs ranging from 150 to 230 hp. A diesel offering will also be available.

Power will be fed to the front wheels through a (not for North America) six-speed manual or seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission on lesser variants; whilst Quattro all-wheel drive will be available on higher trim levels.

An e-tron hybrid variant and the turbocharged, high performance S3 and 400+ hp RS3 will follow at a later date.

Rivals & Launch Timing

The new A3 will battle it out for compact luxury honors among the technological tour-de-force that is the new A-Class and its clever MBUX infotainment setup, BMW’s 1 Series and Volvo’s soon-to-be-replaced V40.

Other rivals include higher spec variants of Volkswagen’s Golf, Mini Clubman, SEAT Leon, Renault Megane, Ford Focus Vignale and Mazda3.

As for its official reveal? Expect a launch for the regular A3s in late 2019, with the hotter S3 and RS3 coming on stream at an later date.

Audi A3 or Mercedes-Benz A-Class – what would you choose? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes


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  • Nordschleife

    Did they render the car because I can’t see the main picture. Is anyone else experiencing this?

    • D3X

      No they didn’t. It’s click bait.

      • JohnCarscoop

        No, we really did, but a technical gremlin somehow wiped it out. Sorry about that

        • Infinite1


  • erly5

    Glad Audi have dropped that large 3rd window which always gave the the previous two 5 door versions a rather dowdy mini-estate car look. This should be much better looking, like the first generation 5 door.

    • Hoe

      This was like this because Audi wanted to create a middle point between a station wagon and a hatch, being previous generations crossover vehicles.
      Skoda Rapid is also an example of this within VAG.
      The Golf is too important.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Ooof! That interior (virtual cockpit excepted) is as dull as f*&$.
    To these eyes it possibly looks a step back in quality from the previous.

    • Zandit75

      That’s the interior of the Q3.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus


      • Jason Panamera

        Previous gen of Q3 had interior more closer to A1, but i think that new A3 gonna share same interior as Q3.

  • Dude

    It looks nice but the interior is waaaay to similar to the new Jetta’s.

    • Redglyph

      See previous comments, or the article about that.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Looks lovely inside and out.

    I’m still choosing the A-Class because I ordered one and it will hopefully arrive in early November.

  • Cobrajet

    VW and Audi are recreating the 80s.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Cool! I loved the VW Rabbit/Golf Mk I.

      The death of the U.S. steel industry, Reaganomics, the second half of the Malaise Era, and Star Trek V, less so.

  • Redglyph

    The 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox is not on lesser models, on the contrary, it’s on quattro and upper models. Sadly it’s completely flawed, even more so than the previous version, so stay away from that until they finally decide to listen to their customers and fix or redesign it.

  • javier

    i would choose a merc gla50 all the way only because that’s the car closest to a hatch sold in the US, the sedans are ridiculous cheese

  • Smith

    The front end has some interesting features and design elements, but the sides and the rear of the car are so boring and bland, it is a typical Audi; no styling or interesting design features. At least the Q2 has a little something but every other Audi is bland and boringly typical. zzzzzzzzz

  • Spinnetti

    NIce… Will be interesting to see when it actually gets here. As much as I like the DSG, it takes all the fun out of cornering properly, even with a tune.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Nice render…looks like the next gen, next gen A1 🙂

  • The A3 is much better designed inside and out, compared to the M-B GLAs.

    • javier

      i too prefer the understated interior of the audis however the handling is not as good with less balance and more understeer

  • Redglyph

    Haha, yes, he didn’t seem to like that either.

  • E35II

    Could you put 200,000 miles on one of these?

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