Audi A3 Saloon: prices, specifications and performance

Like the sound of the upmarket Audi A3 hatchback but fancy a more sleek four-door? Welcome to the new A3 Saloon

Christofer Lloyd
Jul 31, 2020

Audi has launched a saloon version of the new A3 hatchback, which offers sleeker looks and a similarly upmarket interior. As with the new A3 Sportback - the five-door hatchback version - the A3 Saloon features an updated media system plus new driver assistance and economy-boosting technology.

The Saloon is due to arrive in the UK in mid-2020 with prices starting at £26,870. All A3 Saloons feature fully digital dials, a touchscreen media system, plus the option of mild-hybrid models that promise to offer greater real-world fuel economy.

Also separating the Saloon from the hatchback is its smoother shape. This helps it to be notably more aerodynamic than the outgoing model, which should result in less wind noise and greater fuel economy at speed.

Keep reading for all the details on the latest Audi A3 Saloon and how it differs from the outgoing model. In the meantime, if you want the best value upmarket compact saloon, check out the best used deals available on the outgoing model, with prices from around £10,000 and less than £200 per month on PCP finance.

2020 Audi A3 Saloon prices

The A3 Saloon is not a cheap car, so expect to pay £26,870 for the entry-level model to £32,220 for the current range-topping model. More expensive models - including sporty S3 and RS3 versions - are likely to be added to the range in due course, and as always with an Audi, you can specify thousands of pounds' worth of options on top of the list price if you select lots of extras.

First deliveries of the A3 Saloon start in mid-2020. Initially two 1.5-litre petrol engines will be available, in addition to a 2.0-litre diesel. Manual and automatic gearboxes will be available. At launch, the cheapest model is the 1.5-litre petrol 35 TFSI Sport, with the automatic 2.0-litre 35 TDI S line being the most expensive - until more powerful versions ome along, at least.

2020 Audi A3 Saloon specifications

The Audi Saloon will be available in Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung forms. It's likely that high-performance S3 and RS3 models will arrive later, both with their own unique specifications. Audi is known for offering drivers a long list of - often pricey - optional extras when buying new, but you still get plenty of standard kit for your money.

All A3 Saloons feature a set of digital dials in place of physical analogue ones. This means you can configure the display and show a large sat-nav map right in front of the driver. Also standard are powerful LED headlights, which should offer a particularly clear view when driving at night.

Meanwhile, range-topping Edition 1 and Vorsprung versions will have full 'matrix LED' lights. These use multiple light modules to light the road ahead, with the car able to sense oncoming traffic and dim some of these temporarily to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers while maintaining the best possible view of the road.

On the inside the A3 Saloon features a 10.1-inch media system with smartphone integration and sat-nav as standard, plus those digital dials. Less expensive models get a 10.3-inch set of digital dials in front of the driver, with pricier versions having a 12.3-inch version.

Sport models feature 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and dual-zone climate controller, which allows driver and front passenger to set different cabin temperatures.

Stepping up to S line trim, meanwhile, adds sportier external styling with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights, tinted windows plus sports seats, which hold driver and passenger in place more firmly when cornering.

Edition 1 swaps the wheels for 19-inch alloy wheels, black exterior styling details, matrix LED headlights, electrically adjustable and heated front sports seats trimmed with leather and suede-effect upholstery. 

Topping the range is Vorsprung, which adds a panoramic glass sunroof, Nappa leather trim, wireless phone charging and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

2020 Audi A3 Saloon engines and fuel economy

Three engines are available in the A3 Saloon initially - two petrols and one diesel. All of these major on economy, with smaller and more powerful engines set to arrive in the near future. The petrols consist of a 150hp 1.5-litre - named the 35 TFSI - which is capable of up to 48.7mpg in manual form with CO2 emissions from 132g/km. This features fuel-saving tech which can shut off half of the engine's cylinders when driving gently.

Another version of this 1.5-litre petrol engine is available with an automatic gearbox. In addition to being able to shut off half its cylinders, this engine is combined with 48-volt 'mild hybrid' tech, which recoups energy otherwise lost during braking and uses it to offer a power boost when accelerating. As a result, this version offers up to 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions from 128g/km.

A 110hp 1.0-litre petrol engine, available in standard form with a manual gearbox and as an automatic mild-hybrid, is set to arrive at a later date and should prove more economical than the larger 1.5-litre petrol equivalents.

The 2.0-litre diesel, meanwhile - known as the 35 TDI - offers 150hp and comes wiht an automatic gearbox. Claimed economy comes in at up to 62.8mpg with CO2 emissions from 119g/km. A more economy-focused 1.6-litre diesel with 116hp is set to arrive at a later stage in manual 30 TDI form.


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