Next big small thing

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige -

GOOD things come in small pack­ages and in the case of Audi that pack­age is shrink­ing. Smaller ve­hi­cles with smaller en­gines are part of a phi­los­o­phy Audi calls “right siz­ing”.

The lat­est model to get the treat­ment is the bread and but­ter A3, Audi’s big­gest seller in Aus­tralia and one that could come with its small­est en­gine — a 1.0-litre three-cylin­der.

Launched here in 2013, the A3 has been the sub­ject of a ma­jor over­haul, bring­ing in a new look, new en­gines and trans­mis­sions plus a host of whiz-bang add-ons.

Xenon lights are stan­dard with the op­tion of LEDs but you have to pay ex­tra for most of the eye candy items, Audi’s vir­tual cock­pit among them.

Al­ready seen in more ex­pen­sive mod­els, this al­lows the driver to cus­tomise the LCD dash to show a va­ri­ety of in­for­ma­tion, as well as a panoramic view of nav­i­ga­tion that fills the gap be­tween tacho and speedo.

Front and rear park­ing sen­sors are also stan­dard, along with a rear view cam­era, but life­sav­ing auto brak­ing called “Traf­fic Jam As­sist” re­mains op­tional across the line-up in a bun­dle with adap­tive cruise con­trol.

We pre­viewed the new A3 in

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