2011 Audi A3 Young Edition: official details, specs and pricing

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 8, 2011

Audi has launched the new Young Edition of the A3 for the European market. The 2011 A3 Young Edition is available for the 3-door, Sportback and Cabriolet models and is based on the Attraction trim level. This is different from the other models as it doesn’t have heated mirrors, heated washer nozzles and outside temperature indicator.

All Young Edition models will feature the semi-automatic Climatic instead of the automatic Climatronic system in Attraction-equipped cars.

The package is offered together with a few of the smaller engines in the range, including the 1.2-liter TFSI 105 hp and 1.6 TDI 90 hp for the A3 and A3 Sportback.

When it comes to the A3 Cabriolet, the two engines available are the 1.2 TFSI with 105 hp and a 1.6 TDI that delivers 105 hp. Prices begin at € 21,570  for the A3 1.2 TFSI 105 hp and can go as high as €28,630 for the A3 Cabriolet 1.6 TDI 105 hp.

For the A3 and A3 Sportback, customers can now order the Business package that includes center armrest with storage compartment, Concert Radio, cruise control, rear parking assistance system and Bluetooth interface. It will cost €890 when ordered with either Attraction or Ambition II.

It is available in new paint finishes: Volcano Red, Dakota Gray, Amethyst Gray and Scuba Blue. Offered as an optional extra on the Ambition equipment line is a high-gloss 17-inch wheel in ten-spoke wheel design.

The new Audi A3 and A3 Sportback are not only embodiments of elegance in the compact segment as they also represent a unique blend of sportiness and modernity. First off, both the three-door Audi A3 and the five-door A3 Sportback have a design that perfectly conveys an athletic kind of elegance.

For instance, both the Audi A3 and A3 Sportback feature high-gloss black single-frame grille element and high-gloss black trims on the B-posts, as well as chrome struts on the lower air inlets and chrome strips in the door handles, except on the S3.

Both could be specified with optional xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. All Audi A3 models have a diffuser insert with a unique spoiler lip in the rear. On the other hand, the A3 Sportback features light guide rods in the tail lights while the A3 model is equipped with tinted tail lights.

Both the A3 and the A3 Sportback feature state-of-the-art technologies like the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive, and the Audi magnetic ride suspension system.

The A3 models fitted with a manual transmission come with a shift indicator in the driver information system, which comes as standard starting with the Ambition trim line. They are also powered by an array of dynamic engines that while providing sporty performance, consumes less fuel.

In fact, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI model emits only 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (159.33 g/mile). Inside, the Audi A3 is laden with instruments with faces backed in gray as well as an optional flat-bottomed, leather sport steering wheel.

It has air vents bordered by black rings and an optional navigation system with a high-gloss bezel. Moreover, the Audi A3 features aluminum-look trim inserts on the center console, window lifter buttons and mirror adjuster switch.

In terms of cargo capacity, the A3 is capable for providing between 350 liters and 1,080 liters (12.36 to 38.14 cu ft) of trunk capacity, while the Audi A3 Sportback could deliver between 370 liters to 1,100 liters (13.07 to 38.85 cu ft).

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