2017 Audi A3 Facelift updated with new engines, lights, driver assistance tech

Article by Christian A., on April 11, 2016

2017 Audi A3 Facelift is once ready to hog the spotlight with its new engines, new driver assistance systems and newly designed headlights and taillights as well as the new Audi virtual cockpit. Customers can avail of the A3 in different variants: a three-door, a Sportback, a sedan and a Cabriolet.

It can also be availed as the athletic Audi S3, which features a more dynamic performance and comes with an array of technological elements. Moreover, the A3 features alternative drive systems like the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron.

Thanks to its lightweight design, the Audi A3 features a lighter curb weight. In particular, the Audi A3 with 1.0 TFSI engine comes with a curb weight of just 1,150 kg (2,535.3 lb). Despite its lightweight nature, the A3 has a crash-proof and rigid body.

Interestingly, the new Audi A3 features a noise-insulating windshield as standard. Inside, the new A3 could be specified with the optional and a newly designed heated three-spoke steering wheel. Moreover, a driver seat with massage function is also available.

Audi will commence sales of the new A3 series in early May, with initial deliveries scheduled in summer. Customers may avail of the Audi A3 – powered by the new 1.0 TFSI engine – at EUR23,300 in Germany.

Exterior Design

The dimensions of the new A3 remain the same; it is 4.24 meters (13.91 ft.) long with a wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.53 ft.). However, it is more aggressive and more expressive, as marked by the broader Singleframe grille with sharper contours and flatter headlights with unique outer contours.

Accentuating the width of the new A3 are rear lights – with horizontal illuminated graphics -- and the separation edge just above the revised diffuser. Customers could now choose from 12 paint colors for the exterior, including five new colors: Ara blue, Cosmic blue, Nano gray, Tango red and Vegas yellow.

Customers availing of the S line exterior package are treated to Daytona gray pearl effect paintwork. Moreover, the new A3 now comes with modularly designed equipment lines that offer more extensive options while influencing exterior details.

Providing the A3 its unique appearance are headlights with jagged bottom edges. As standard, these headlights feature Xenon plus units, although customers may avail of the optional LED headlights or matrix LED headlights.

Interior Design

Inside, the new Audi A3 features the Audi virtual cockpit, which displays the most crucial driving-related information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen. Two views are available – classic and infotainment mode – which could be switched by pushing the “View” button on the multifunction steering wheel.

When the classic mode is toggled, the instruments appear as large as the typical analog displays. When the infotainment mode is toggled, a central window predominates to give more space to the navigation map. This window could also display lists for the phone, radio and audio.

On the other hand, the tachometer and speedometer look like small round clocks. Audi also revised the menu structure in the MMI system with operation now derived from smartphones. This MMI terminal features a round rotary/push-button control, which has a ring that is illuminated in white in the top variant.

It comes with touch-sensitive touchpad for character input and for multi-finger gestures, thereby enabling drivers to zoom within the map. Located above and beside this control are toggle switches and buttons, now with a newly designed menu structure.

Audi also further improved voice control for navigation, radio, phone and media, allowing it to understand phrases from everyday language. Furthermore, the Audi A3 now features as standard the MMI radio plus with the electrically extended 7-inch diagonal monitor.

Customers may avail of the optional MMI navigation and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, which complements the Audi connect module to enable several online functions into the new A3. These functions include navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View traffic information in real time.

These features also provide information on parking and destinations as well as news and weather. As standard, the new Audi A3 features super-fast LTE that includes -- thanks to the pre-installed Audi connect SIM card -- a flat rate data plan.

European customers are treated to this embedded SIM (e‑SIM) as well as to Audi connect in Europe, thereby allowing A3 drivers to access roaming in most countries in the region. Moreover, data packets for individual Internet use could be booked through the Wi-Fi hotspot.

Additionally, the free Audi MMI connect app allows for other services like transfer of a calendar from smartphone to the MMI as well as online media streaming. Interestingly, the A3 e-tron comes with features that could program battery charging, departure time and the air conditioning.

Furthermore, the Audi smartphone interface allows smartphones powered by iOS and Android operating systems to connect to the A3. Thanks to the near-field coupling feature of the Audi phone box located in the center armrest, smartphones can be connected wirelessly to the car’s antenna and allows for inductive charging.


For the A3, Audi extensively updated its engine lineup -- three gasoline and three diesel units with power output ranging from 81 kW (110 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). Interestingly, all A3 models comply with the EU6 standard. A customer may opt for the 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder engine – its first application in the Audi A3 series – that provides 85 kW (115 hp) as its max output and 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) in peak torque available at between 2,000 rpm and 3,500 rpm.

Customers may also choose the 1.4 TFSI COD, which features cylinder-on-demand efficiency technology that shuts off two cylinders when such output is not needed. This 1,395 cc engine provides 110 kW (150 hp) of max output and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of peak torque.

At the top of the petrol engine options is the 2.0 TFSI featuring an innovative combustion process. This 1,984 cc engine develops up to 140 kW (190 hp) of ouput and delivers 320 Nm (236.0 lb-ft) of torque available at between 1,500 rpm and 4,200 rpm.

All 2.0 TFSI engines are mated to a new seven-speed S tronic with wet clutch, which replaces the six-speed dual clutch transmission with dry clutch. It’s standard for power to be sent to the front wheels.

The 140 kW 2.0 TFSI version is also available with quattro all-wheel drive. Also available are three diesel engines, as led by the new entry-level 1.6 TDI that develops 81 kW (110 hp) of output and is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or the S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Also offered are two versions of the 2.0 TDI – one that offers 110 kW (150 hp) of output and 340 Nm (250.8 lb-ft) of torque at between 1,750 rpm and to 3,000 rpm, and the more powerful variant that develops 135 kW (184 hp) of output and 380 Nm (280.3 lb-ft) of torque available at between 1,750 rpm and 3,000 rpm.

On the other hand, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid is powered by a 1.4 TFSI engine that provides 110 kW (150 hp) of max output and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of peak torque, and an electric motor that delivers 75 kW of output and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft) of torque.

Together, the plug-in hybrid system provides 150 kW (204 hp) of output, thereby allowing drivers of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to experience a sporty drive. The electric motor gets its juice from an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery that could be recharged in just over two hours through a 380-volt three phase-current supply.

Supporting these engines is a balanced and sporty tuned suspension. Moreover, customers could avail of the optional sport suspension or the S line sport suspension that lowers the body by 15 mm (0.6 in) and 25 mm (1.0 in), respectively. T

he new A3 features a sensitive yet efficient electromechanical power steering as well as an available electrically powered progressive steering system that comes as standard for the Audi S3 series. As standard, the new A3 is specified with 16-inch wheels, although customers could avail of 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels -- including new designs. These tires now feature enhanced performance with optimized rolling resistance.

Making their way from the Audi full-size category to the A3 premium compact are a number of innovative driver assistance systems, like the improved Audi active lane assist and Audi pre sense front as well as predictive pedestrian protection.

Also featured on the A3 is the available traffic jam assist that functions in conjunction with Audi adaptive cruise control (ACC) and its Stop&Go feature. This optional system keeps a safe distance between the A3 and the vehicle in front.

It works with the S tronic to automatically set the A3 in motion again following a short stop. When the traffic is slow – 65 km/h (40.4 mph) and below, the traffic jam assist could, albeit for a short time, take over the steering on well-paved roads.

Customers may also avail of the optional Emergency Assist that induces brakes to a safe stop if the driver fails to make any steering activity despite warnings. Moreover, the A3 is equipped with the new rear cross-traffic assist that provides warning about cross traffic, like when the driver is slowly backing out of a perpendicular parking space.

2017 Audi A3 Sportback g-tron

The new Audi A3 Sportback g-tron uses Audi e-gas and natural gas as fuel. This Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is powered by a 1.4 TFSI engine that could provide up to 81 kW (110 hp) of output, with fuel costs amounting to just around EUR4 per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi).

Since the engine has been configured for bivalent fuels, it could travel more than 400 km (248.5 mi) in the NEDC with natural gas fuel on a single tank. This range could be extended by 900 km (559.2 mi) more, when the engine is powered by gasoline.

2017 Audi S3 Facelift

On the other hand, the new Audi S3, along with the S tronic, ekes out 7 kW (10 hp) more output and 20 Nm (14.8 lb-ft) more torque. Its 2.0 TFSI engine – paired with S tronic -- now provides 228 kW (310 hp) of max output and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of max torque available between 2,000 rpm and 5,400 rpm.

Also, the new Audi S3 now provides greater driving dynamics, enhanced driving enjoyment and a higher level of safety, thanks to S3-specific control for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and the multi-plate clutch. New features are also available on the S3 Sportback, the S3 Sedan and the S3 Cabriolet.

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