Audi A3 Sedan Malaysia Archive

  • DRIVEN: Audi A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro – proof that the best things come in small packages?

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    Here it is then, the new Audi A3 Sedan – an Audi for the masses. Well, not exactly for everyone, but it’s a proper Audi built to compete in the junior levels of the executive sedan ranks. That’s a first for Ingolstadt. This car is massively important in Malaysia, especially, where we don’t get the three- or five-door A3 hatchbacks, and the A1 is just too small to be of any relevance.

    We’d be hardly spoiling the rest of this review by pointing out the blindingly obvious, that the A3 Sedan pair (1.4 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro) is very impressive (we’ve made that clear in our last episode of Driven Web Series, anyway). But so is the BMW 3 Series range. Niggling quality and warranty issues aside, the F30 is a cracking car, no matter what variant you choose. But perversely, the Bimmer’s ability is also its biggest weakness. After all, every half-successful bugger around seems to be driving one.

    Surely, given a choice, there are plenty of people looking for something a bit different. With the larger and fast ageing A4 missing the mark, this A3 Sedan looks set to shine. Happily, the new model is not just relying on the cachet of that Audi badge alone. Volkswagen Golf-base or not, these two can each hold its own in the premium class. Time to find out if they hold all the best cards, then.

    Click here for the full review and gallery.

     
     
  • Audi A3 Sedan – now with a RM13k navigation option

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    The new Audi A3 Sedan – launched earlier this month at RM179,900 for the 1.4 TFSI and RM240,888 for the 1.8 TFSI quattro – is now available with an optional MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch package for an extra RM13,000. That’s the same amount asked for the Audi A4 1.8 and 2.0 quattro’s optional navigation system.

    Other than the obvious satellite navigation function, the “MMI navigation plus” option also adds a much-needed bigger 7.0-inch (up from 5.8-inch), higher-resolution central display, as well as a touch-sensitive MMI control knob with handwriting-recognition. The latter is similar to BMW’s latest iDrive Touch controller.

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    This adds to the long list of options available on the A3 Sedan, which includes Comfort Key (RM3,500; only on the 1.4, standard on 1.8), Bang & Olufsen sound system (RM4,000), reverse camera (RM2,000), full LED headlights (RM8,000) and the full S line package (pictured above, only for 1.8 quattro)

    For more info, read our launch report or watch our walk-around video of the new Audi model. You can also compare detailed specs and equipment between the 1.4 and 1.8 quattro models on CarBase.my.

    Audi A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI

    Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI quattro

    Audi A3 Sedan S line

     
     
  • VIDEO: Audi A3 Sedan 1.4 & 1.8 in-depth walk-around

    It has been a while since our last walk-around video – you can blame the long production process of our on-going Driven Web Series for that – but fret not, it’s back! This time round, we’re looking at the new Audi A3 Sedan, in both 1.4 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro guises.

    Since there are two cars here, we have our dear old Harvinder to help me out (pardon my fedora. It was, err… given to me. Yeah, that’s it). We take a close look at the new model’s exterior and interior, to see if they’re worth the asking prices – RM179,900 for the front-wheel drive 1.4 TFSI, and RM240,888 for the all-wheel drive 1.8 TFSI quattro variant.

    The two models are quite different specs wise – especially inside – and this video details all the variances, including the optional extras available for each model.

    You can refer to our comprehensive launch report for more information on the Audi A3 Sedan, and we’ll have a full in-depth review up next week. And yes, the car will go against the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 and the BMW 316i in a future episode of Driven Web Series too.

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    Audi A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI


    Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI quattro


    Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI quattro S line

     
     
  • Audi A3 Sedan – on show at 1 Utama until August 10

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    Two days ago, we broke the news of the introduction of the Audi A3 Sedan in the country. The car – which was announced in New York last year and made its public debut in Shanghai – goes on sale here in two engine variant forms, these being the 1.4 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro.

    Now, if you’re interested in catching the booted version of the 2014 World Car of the Year up close, you’ll be able to do so at the Audi roadshow being held at the 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Three A3 Sedans are on display at the High Street section from today until August 10. Fret not if you’re not in the Klang Valley – test drives can also be arranged by appointment at all Euromobil outlets nationwide.

    A recap on the most affordable Audi on sale here alongside the similarly priced three-door A1 and A1 Sportback – the A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI goes for RM179,900, while the 1.8 TFSI quattro is priced at RM240,888, both on-the-road without insurance.

    The smaller displacement model runs with the same 1.4 litre turbocharged mill as seen in the base A1 pair, with 122 hp and 200 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 4,000 rpm on tap. It’s mated to a seven-speed dry dual-clutch S tronic transmission.

    The 1.8 litre unit, meanwhile, offers 180 hp and 280 Nm from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm, and this is paired with a six-speed wet dual-clutch S tronic gearbox. As the quattro suffix indicates, the version wears a quattro all-wheel drive system as opposed to the 1.4’s front-wheel drive layout.

    Both variants look identical from the outside, distinguished only by their respective model designation badges, quattro emblems on the 1.8 and different 17-inch wheel designs.

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    Standard kit includes dual-zone automatic climate control, auto lights and wipers, auto start/stop system and cruise control, as well as seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), ESP and Isofix mounts on the front and rear passenger seats.

    Still, there’s quite a marked difference in terms of equipment between the two variants, as highlighted in our earlier post. As for optional items, the 1.8 quattro can be specified with an S line package, which adds on a bodykit, 18-inch wheels, panoramic roof, part-Alcantara sports seats, black headliner and flat-bottomed steering wheel for RM19,800.

    We’ll have more of the new Audi A3 Sedan on our Driven Web Series very soon, and if you’re so inclined to compare detailed specs and equipment between the two variants, head on to CarBase.my. Still, nothing like seeing things in the metal, so if this be the case, you know where to head on to.

    Audi A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI

    Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI quattro

     
     
  • Audi A3 Sedan now on sale – 2 variants, from RM180k

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    Spied and previewed over the past few weeks, full details of the new Audi A3 Sedan is now up on local distributor Euromobil’s website. We’ll go straight to the point here – there are two variants: 1.4 TFSI for RM179,900, and 1.8 TFSI quattro for RM240,888 (both prices on-the-road without insurance).

    That makes the A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI the most affordable Audi on sale here, alongside the similarly priced three-door A1 and A1 Sportback. In comparison, the cheapest BMW sedan, the 316i, retails for RM209,800, while the Mercedes-Benz C 200 AMG Grand Edition and CLA 200 go for RM242,888 and RM235,888 respectively.

    Now into the details. The smaller-engined variant shares the same 1.4 litre turbocharged motor with the base A1 pair, with 122 hp and 200 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 4,000 rpm. A seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch S tronic transmission handles the gearshifts. Zero to 100 km/h is handled in 9.3 seconds, on to a top speed of 205 km/h. It’s claimed to average just 4.9 litres per 100 km.

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    An extra RM60,000-odd gets you a bigger, more powerful engine and the all-important quattro all-wheel drive system (as opposed to the front-wheel drive 1.4 TFSI). The 1.8 litre turbocharged engine is tuned to deliver 180 hp and 280 Nm from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm in this application – more power but with less torque compared to the 160 hp/320 Nm Audi A4 1.8 TFSI.

    The century sprint is dispatched in just 6.7 seconds through its six-speed (wet) dual-clutch S tronic transmission, bringing it close to the Volkswagen Golf GTI in terms of performance (0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds). Its top speed is 228 km/h, while its claimed combined cycle consumption is 6.6 litres per 100 km.

    Both variants look identical from the outside, save for the model designation badges, quattro emblems on the range-topper and different wheel designs (both 17-inchers). Adaptive Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights are standard, which can be upgraded to full LED lights for RM8,000.

    The options list also includes an S line package – with all-around bodykit, 18-inch wheels, panoramic roof, part-Alcantara sports seats, black headliner and flat-bottomed steering wheel – for RM19,800 (exclusive to the 1.8 TFSI quattro, unfortunately) and a pearl-effect paintjob for RM3,000. The panoramic roof can be ordered a la carte for another RM4,500.

    Inside, both models get dual-zone automatic climate control, auto lights and wipers, auto start/stop system, cruise control and an electronic parking brake. On the safety front, there’s seven airbags (including driver’s knee airbag), ESP and ISOFIX mounts on the front and rear passenger seats.

    Difference between the two? Quite a lot, actually. The 1.4 TFSI gets leather/fabric upholstery, powered driver’s seat and a four-spoke steering wheel. The 1.8 TFSI quattro adds full leather sports seats, powered front passenger seat, a sportier looking three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters and extra aluminium inlays across the cabin.

    Also unique to the range-topping model are Comfort Key (keyless entry and engine start, a RM3,500 option on the 1.4 TFSI), front and rear parking sensors with guide display (just rear sensors on the 1.4 TFSI) and Sport suspension, which is a full 15 mm lower. Less favourable for the 1.8 model is boot space: just 390 litres instead of the 1.4’s 425 litres to accommodate the quattro system.

    Both A3 Sedan models get a rather basic Audi Concert Radio MMI system, with a low-resolution 5.8-inch colour display. It supports Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, and plays audio through a 180 W 10-speaker system. The latter can be swapped out for 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system for RM4,000. A reverse camera is an extra RM2,000.

    We’ll have more of the new Audi A3 Sedan here on paultan.org and our Driven Web Series very soon, so stay tuned. You can also compare detailed specs and equipment between the 1.4 and 1.8 quattro models on CarBase.my.

    Audi A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI

    Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI quattro

    Audi A3 Sedan S line

     
     
  • Audi A3 Sedan makes Malaysian debut in Bukit Kiara

    Euromobil showed off the Audi A3 Sedan to moviegoers at Starlight Cinema in Bukit Kiara last night. The car makes its Malaysian debut in top-of-the-range 1.8 T quattro guise, though we spotted 1.4 T front-wheel drive models on a trailer on Friday as well.

    Details are all but non-existent, but based on the car on display, we can draw a few conclusions. Our 1.8 T will come in Sport (non-S line) trim, with xenon headlights (the full-LED headlights will probably be offered as a cost option), front and rear parking sensors and 17-inch “Dynamic” split-spoke alloy wheels.

    Inside, the 1.8 T will get full Milano leather upholstery, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, electrically-operated front seats, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, cruise control, a stop-start system and the Audi drive select system which adjusts throttle response and suspension set up.

    Both variants will get turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engines. The 1.4 litre engine produces 122 PS and 200 Nm of torque. There is a more powerful 140 PS version but we’re not getting that for now. The bigger 1.8 litre mill, on the other hand, churns out 180 PS from 5,100 to 6,200 rpm and the same 250 Nm from 1,250 to 5,000 rpm.

    No matter which version you get, expect to change gears through a seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission. So equipped, the 1.4 T will get from 0-100 km/h in 9.3 seconds, while the all-wheel drive 1.8 T will do the same benchmark in 7.3 seconds. Top speed is 212 km/h for the 1.4 T and 241 km/h for the 1.8 T.

    Pricing information at the time of writing has yet to be released, either, but the 1.4 T is expected to cost around RM180k, while the 1.8 T should be priced to compete with the RM235,888 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200. So, which one do you prefer – the slinky supermodel from Stuttgart, or the straighter-laced but more powerful entry from Ingolstadt?


    Audi A3 1.4T spyshots at Glenmarie

    Audi A3 Sedan at Shanghai 2013

     
     
  • SPYSHOTS: Audi A3 Sedan 1.4T sighted in Glenmarie

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    It looks like the Audi A3 Sedan will be launched very soon. We sighted this trailer-load of A3 Sedans in Glenmarie yesterday and managed to snap a few photos thanks to the massive double parking in that area, causing the trailer to have issues driving through, presumably to Euromobil just around the corner.

    We’re assuming all the Audi A3 Sedans on this particular trailer are of the same spec, since they all have the same wheels and the same exterior outlook. The badging on these cars were covered up while they were on the trailer; however after they were delivered to the showroom, we saw multiple units being test driven around Glenmarie, which revealed a 1.4T badge on the boot lid.

    This 1.4T variant is powered by a 122 PS/200 Nm 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. 0-100 km/h acceleration time is 9.3 seconds.

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    We learned of the Audi A3’s upcoming launch at an Audi roadshow at Bangsar Shopping Centre back in April this year. At that point, a launch date of before the end of June was indicated with two variants – a front wheel drive 1.4 litre model as well as a 1.8 litre model with quattro all-wheel drive.

    Sightings on local car classifieds such as oto.my have pointed to an indicative price of just under RM180k for the 1.4T. The 1.8T quattro is expected to compete against the new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 in terms of pricing. The 1.8 TFSI engine does 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. 0-100 km/h is in 6.7 seconds.

    The Audi A3 Sedan – which won World Car of the Year 2014 – is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which is also used by the Volkswagen Golf Mk7. A sedan built on a platform also used by the Golf would probably remind you of the Volkswagen Jetta, but the Jetta is based on an older platform.


    Audi A3 Sedan at Shanghai 2013

     
     
  • Audi A3 Sedan and A8 Facelift to launch in Malaysia

    Malaysian Audi distributor Euromobil has starting teasing two upcoming models – the Audi A3 Sedan and the Audi A8 Facelift. Promoters with iPads were inviting interested parties to register for updates at the Audi BSC Roadshow happening this week at Bangsar Shopping Centre.

    The Audi A3 Sedan is set to come in two variants – a front wheel drive 1.4 TFSI and a 1.8 TFSI with quattro all-wheel-drive. The car is expected to be launched before the end of June 2014.

    The Audi A3 1.4 TFSI in its highest tune is powered by a 140 PS, 240 Nm 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. 0-100 km/h acceleration time is 8.3 seconds. Word is that it could be priced under RM200k. There is a lower 1.4 TFSI tune available with 122 PS and 200 Nm – we’re not sure which one Malaysia will get.

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    As for the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI quattro, it’s expected to compete against the new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 in terms of pricing. The 1.8 TFSI engine does 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.2 seconds.

    As for the A8 facelift, we hear it will continue to be available as a 3.0 TFSI quattro, but will now get Audi Matrix LED headlamps as standard issue. Pricing will be higher than the pre-facelift model’s RM659k price tag because of higher kit levels. We’re expecting it to be launched before the end of May 2014.

    If you’re interested in either car, click to register your interest.

    GALLERY: Audi A3 Sedan

    GALLERY: Audi A8 Facelift

     
     
  • Shanghai 2013: Audi A3 Sedan makes public debut

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    The Audi A3 Sedan, which was announced in New York, has made its public debut in Shanghai, so we finally get to see it in the metal. The booted form of the third-gen A3, shaped as a four-door coupe rather than a classic three-box form, was on display at Auto China 2013 in 40 TFSI quattro model guise.

    Audi’s numerical designations for its cars in China is quirky, with 35, 40 and 45 suffixes on them, for example. The A4 and Q5 40 versions for the market wear a 2.0 litre mill, so the 40 for the red show car means that it should be one too and the low-powered quattro form of the equation, the more powerful one being the S3 variant.

    In Europe, three engines are available at point of introduction for the A3 Sedan, these being two petrol units, a 140 hp/250 Nm 1.4 TFSI with cylinder on demand and a 180 hp/250 Nm 1.8 litre TFSI, and a 150 hp/320 Nm 2.0 TDI oil burner.

    Lots to like about the compact premium offering, which is 150 mm longer, 11 mm wider and nine millimetres lower than its Sportback sibling. It’s certainly a very clean-looking shape.

    GALLERY: Audi A3 Sedan

    GALLERY: Audi S3 Sedan

     
     
  • New Audi A3 Sedan and hot 300 hp S3 Sedan unveiled

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    This is a car whose arrival we saw from a mile away. Previewed twice in 2011 (here and here) and again last week, the Audi A3 Sedan has finally broken cover ahead of the New York Motor Show before being given its public debut in Shanghai next month.

    What came as a surprise is the joint unveiling of the S3 Sedan alongside the standard models. Now, Audi has never been shy of stretching out its car launches to multiple motor shows: the third-generation A3 was first shown in three-door form at Geneva last year, followed by the A3 Sportback and S3 in Paris six month later, while we had to wait till this year to see the S3 Sportback.

    Offered in a booted form for the first time, the A3 Sedan follows the four-door coupe formula rather than a traditional three-box sedan. The boot is kept short, with the cabin glasshouse stretched backwards to enhance the visual effect. The wheel arches have been widened too, making it appear lower to the ground and more planted.

    Audi A3 Limousine

    It is 150 mm longer, 11 mm wider but 9 mm lower than the A3 Sportback, with a long 2640 mm wheelbase and short overhangs. The designers are particularly proud of the “tornado line” element across the car, a light-refracting edge that hides the visual bulk of the car’s rear end. It hides its hatchback roots rather well, despite having a high boot line.

    The front end of the car gets a unique bumper with wider slats and more horizontal elements. Full LED headlights are an option. Round the back, the bootlid acts as a rear spoiler, whole the tapered rear lamps are designed to make the A3 Sedan appear lower and more athletic. It sits on the latest MQB platform, and with the smallest engine fitted (1.4 TFSI), weights just 1,250 kg.

    Other than updated interior graphics, the dashboard is carried over whole from its hatchback siblings. The seating accommodation is identical to that of the five-door Sportback, but the Sedan has a bigger cargo area with the seats up.

    Audi S3 Limousine

    Three engine choices are available from the get go: 1.4 TFSI with COD (cylinder on demand) making 140 hp/250 Nm, 1.8 TFSI with 180 hp and 250Nm, plus a 150 hp/320Nm 2.0 TDI, all mated to either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch S-tronic transmission. 0-100 km/h figure for each model is 8.4, 7.3 and 8.7 seconds respectively.

    The S3 Sedan on the other hand uses the same 2.0 TFSI engine with 300 hp and 380 Nm found in other S3 models with a quattro all-wheel drive system. With the optional S-tronic ‘box it dips below five seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint. It takes 0.4 seconds longer (5.3 seconds) with a manual transmission. Top speed, as usual, is limited to 250 km/h.

    Mechanical differentiators include 25 mm lower ride height with sports suspension, beefier brakes and variable-ratio electric power steering. Visually, the top model is distinguished by modifications to the bumpers, the singleframe grille, air intakes, side sills and rear spoiler. S-model hallmark such as the four tailpipes and silver exterior mirror housings are present too.

    Full galleries of the A3 Sedan and S3 Sedan after the jump.

     
     
 

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