Next big small thing
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