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Audi launches A3 saloon

Audi has responded to competition from the Mercedes CLA by adding a saloon to its A3 model range.

Aimed at the Chinese and American markets, but expected to be popular with UK company car drivers, prices start at £24,275 – that’s more than the Sportback equivalent but less than an A4.

A choice of either Sport or S line trim levels will be available in the UK, and at launch will be offered in conjunction with a total of three engines - two petrol units and one TDI.

The saloon is longer, wider and lower than the Sportback, combining a sporty stance with practicality – with 425 litres of luggage space, 45 more than the Sportback.

Both versions are fitted as standard with sports suspension and 17 or 18-inch alloys, although a comfort-oriented standard suspension is available for no extra cost.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine is likely to be the most popular with fleets with a combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg and a CO2 output of 107 g/km, while accelerating to 62mph in 8.7 seconds. Other diesels, such as a 1.6 TDI, are expected to be added to the range at a later date.

The low-weight 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine is a sensible alternative to the diesel, Audi says, because of its cylinder-on-demand technology which deactivates two cylinders when under low engine load. It has a combined fuel economy of 60.1mpg and has CO2 emissions of 109 g/km, while accelerating to 62mph in 8.4 seconds.

Also available is a 1.8-litre TFSI petrol unit which sprints to 62mph in 7.3 seconds while returning 50.4mpg and emitting 129 g/km.

Orders are now being taken for the A3 saloon and the first deliveries are expected to take place in September.

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  • Rob - 19/06/2013 19:40

    I was all set to order the new A3 saloon untill I heard the price. No way would I spend that kind of money on an A3. Far too big a price difference between this and the sportback.

  • Bob - 20/06/2013 09:50

    Sorry Rob, if the £925 difference is the reason not to by the A3 Sportback or saloon then you never wanted the car in the first place. The Mercedes CLA is £1000's more over the standard A-Class, making the A3 good value. I personally don't see the point of the cars but since people are downsizing they will move from A4 to A3 saloon. That's what they believe, in real world the demand for sedan's in the UK is small.

    • Rob - 21/06/2013 09:13

      @Bob - The reason is, I wanted a base SE version of the car perhaps at a £2000 increase on the £19800 Sportback. Otherwise there is much better value elsewhere.

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