2020 Audi A3: Here’s Our First Look Inside The Edgy Cabin

Spy photographers have caught the 2020 Audi A3 in S3 Sportback form undergoing testing in Sweden and now we’re finally getting a glimpse inside the cabin of the premium compact.

Snapped at a distance, the interior of the upcoming A3 is noticeably sportier than its predecessor. Drivers sit behind a leather-wrapped steering wheel and find themselves facing what is likely a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. While we can’t see the cluster in the photos, it is flanked by two large air vents which protrude from the dashboard in a Lamborghini-esque fashion.

Further below, we can see a driver-oriented infotainment system that appears to be the same one used on the 2019 A1. This likely means it’s a 10.1-inch touchscreen display.

Additional styling details are hard to make out, but the cabin has metallic accents and what appears to be to chrome door handles.

Sharper, but familiar exterior

On the outside, the S3 adopts an evolutionary design that is instantly recognizable. The front of the hot hatch is dominated by a massive Singleframe grille with features a honeycomb mesh insert. The model also has large air intakes and familiar headlights.

The evolutionary styling continues aft of the A-pillar, but redesigned model has a more prominent shoulder line and a sportier greenhouse. This particular prototype also wears five-spoke alloy wheels that are backed up by a beefy braking system with large front discs.

The rear of the car is heavily camouflaged, but we can see some aerodynamic styling changes as the tailgate-mounted spoiler is now joined by vertical components which help to direct air around the back of the vehicle. Further below, we can see new taillights and a rounded bumper which incorporates wider reflectors. Lastly, there’s a familiar four-tailpipe exhaust system.

Platform and engine

Audi has been tight-lipped about the upcoming S3, but the model is expected to ride on an updated version of the MQB platform just like the Volkswagen Golf Mk8. The updated platform should enable the model to be lighter and stiffer than its predecessor.

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed, but the current S3 Sportback has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 295 hp (221 kW / 300 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed S tronic transmission which sends power to a quattro all-wheel drive system. This enables the hatchback to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The upcoming model will likely be more powerful than its predecessor as Audi presumably wants to steal bragging rights away from the Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic which uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 301 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Despite being more powerful than the current S3 Sportback, the Mercedes also accelerates from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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  • KidRed

    That steering wheel tho…

    • Adam

      I know! It’s horrible!

      • PK

        it’s audi. do you expect anything good from an upscale vw?

        • Adam

          No, I don’t.

          • PK

            (y)

    • wintergraan

      What’s wrong with it?

  • Mike Gonzalez

    You can see through the camo that it will look like a non-SUV Q3 from every angle

  • ace_9

    I wonder when car makers stop fooling around with exceedingly strange and overcomplicated lights design. Combined with fake intakes, exhausts and diffusers, it is all that designers can do nowadays. I would like to see “hidden” thin lights and streamlined look without multiple fake plastic grilles. The wheels dominantly dictating the side design of a car are also prehistoric… Manufacturers have technologies like LED, composites, CAD and all they do is repeat the same over and over again and focus only on front and rear details.

  • Ermal Morina

    you might cut your fingers from those edges by the looks of it

    • Miknik

      I really don’t think that those super edgy designs look that great (plus, the edges usually mean a lot of hard plastics as well, something previous A3’s did not have); Also, this over-styled and wild interiors tend to age very quickly, just think the previous generation Ford interiors (Fiesta/Focus..), that also looked wild when new, but old very soon.

      • Ermal Morina

        Exactly… looks super fresh in the beginning, but then after a couple of years it looks super outdated

  • SteersUright

    Wow, looks awesome. Cant imagine how Lambo must feel about this though. Makes their interiors a tiny bit less special. Also, the shape of the current A3/S3 sedan is so goofy and out of proportion and this new hatch looks far, far better. Hoping they bring it too this time.

  • Miknik

    The more spyshots I see, the more I am convinced that this is just a reskin of the current generation (like the Golf. Mk. 6 was); We know that it will still use MQB, but here proportions, all door cut lines and the greenhouse look identical, just the sheetmetal has some more busy creasing; Inside, the new dash seems to be similar to the A1, hopefully not with the same drastic drop in material quality…

  • john1168

    hhmmm… gettin a Lambo vibe with that interior. Not a bad thing.

  • TheHake

    I like that…

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