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2014 Audi A3/S3 Sedan

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Looks good, interesting they made it a sedan this time round. Traditionally it's always been a hatch (from what I can gather anyway).

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Missing "sedan" in the title ).

2014 Audi A3 / S3 sedan revealed

Goes on sale this spring

The late night debuts continue as Audi has taken the wraps off the 2014 A3 and S3 sedans.

Set to go on sale this spring, the sedans have a familiar appearance but eschew the hatchback for an American-friendly trunk. Overall, the sedan measures 175.5 inches long, 70 inches wide and 55.7 inches tall with a wheelbase that spans 103.4 inches. This effectively makes the model about the same size as the original A4 that was launched nearly two decades ago.

The S3 is distinguished by modified bumpers, revised side skirts and a trunk-mounted spoiler. Designers also added faux aluminum mirror casings and a sport-tuned suspension that reduces the ride height by 25mm.

In the United States, the A3 will come nicely equipped with leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a panoramic sunroof and an MMI infotainment system a seven-inch display. Options include LED ambient lighting, a Bang & Olufsen audio system and 4G/LTE connectivity.

Under the hood, a variety of different engines will be available including:

  • A 1.4-liter TFSI with 140 HP (103 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 1.8-liter TFSI with 170 HP (132 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter TFSI with an undisclosed output
  • A 2.0-liter TDI with 150 HP (110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque

The S3 has a high-output 2.0-liter TFSI engine that develops 300 HP (221 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds with the S tronic transmission and 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds with the six-speed manual.

Regardless of which gearbox is selected, the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

In Germany, the A3 is expected to be priced from roughly 25,000 euros

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Wow, still copying BMW styling then. Change the badges and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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Wow, still copying BMW styling then. Change the badges and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

I would. It's easy :p

I can literally smell the difference between Audi, BMW, and Benz! Can you? :D

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i'm confused , if this is the new A3 then what does the A4 look like? and do they have a hatchback anymore...

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i'm confused , if this is the new A3 then what does the A4 look like? and do they have a hatchback anymore...

This is A3/S3 Sedan.

For A3's three and five door versions, check here and here

And here you'll find the current A4.

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For A3's three and five door versions, check here and here

:)

They're both the same ha :p, where's the 3 door?

I want an a5 anyways :D (have an a4 already)

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Exterior is awesome, but interior is so horrific. Performance is good, I can't wait to see how this stacks up to the CLA 45.

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They're both the same ha :p, where's the 3 door?

Thanks for pointing that out!

audi.com is always the best choice :)

I want an a5 anyways :D (have an a4 already)

Cool :) I'm an A4 owner too (I have two actually, my wife drives the second one) But I want an S4 :wub: (If i weren't married, I'd probably be driving it haha)

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Wow, still copying BMW styling then. Change the badges and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

Where do you resemblance? Audis look NOTHING like BMWs. I mean they have nothing in common..

A3 is meant to compete with BMW 1 series.. Here's how BMW looks like

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Then The 3 Series that's butt ugly

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They have nothing in common.. and if you actually followed history and development you would know that Nuvolari concept that the whole line of Audis has been designed around has been out designed and prototyped way before the current design that BMW sports (which is ugly as ass to me).

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BMW has nothing on styling, design and interior on Audi.. and even in performance dept. Audis are starting to match and outmatch BMW performance and driving with the latest models while having far superior design and interior.

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BMW has nothing on styling, design and interior on Audi.. and even in performance dept. Audis are starting to match and outmatch BMW performance and driving with the latest models while having far superior design and interior.

I'll agree on styling. The only thing that's bad about both Audi and BMW is that their whole model lineup looks like each other. This is truly pathetic of both companies. The A3 looks exaclty like the A4 which looks like a smaller A6 and that is a smaller A8. Out of the big three, Mercedes has the most distinct/unique lineup. I like the BMW 3 series, but then again looks are highly subjective. Performance wise, Audi is still way behind BMW. BMW is THE drivers car, out of the big three at least. Audi can't even keep their freaking nomencalutre straight - S vs. RS...

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I'll agree on styling. The only thing that's bad about both Audi and BMW is that their whole model lineup looks like each other. This is truly pathetic of both companies. The A3 looks exaclty like the A4 which looks like a smaller A6 and that is a smaller A8. Out of the big three, Mercedes has the most distinct/unique lineup. I like the BMW 3 series, but then again looks are highly subjective. Performance wise, Audi is still way behind BMW. BMW is THE drivers car, out of the big three at least. Audi can't even keep their freaking nomencalutre straight - S vs. RS...

I'll agree that Mercedes has made the biggest leap in styling but it was way overdue. Audi's current design has been going now for several years. It started with A5 a few years back and it expanded to other models.

While Audi traditionally wasn't up to par with BMW on the regular models that has now changed with A6. A6 is more powerful, handles better, is lighter than BMW 5 series.

Audi model line up corresponds to BMW one like this:

A4 = BMW 3 series

A5 = (no comparable car from BMW - maybe 3 series coupe) but the reality is that A5 will have it's competitor with BMW with 4 series really

A6 = 5 series

A7 = 6 series

A8 = 7 series

S4 = BMW 335 twin turbo

S5 = (no competitor it will be 4 series coupe probably with twin turbos)

S6 = BMW 550i

S7 = 6 series 650i

S8 = 750i

RS4 = M3

RS5 = (no competitor again = M4?)

RS6 = M5

RS7 = M6

both 7 series and S8 don't really go higher.. there is no M7 or RS8

Plus.. Audi has R8 which BMW really doesn't have an answer for.

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I'll agree that Mercedes has made the biggest leap in styling but it was way overdue. Audi's current design has been going now for several years. It started with A5 a few years back and it expanded to other models.

While Audi traditionally wasn't up to par with BMW on the regular models that has now changed with A6. A6 is more powerful, handles better, is lighter than BMW 5 series.

Audi model line up corresponds to BMW one like this:

A4 = BMW 3 series

A5 = (no comparable car from BMW - maybe 3 series coupe) but the reality is that A5 will have it's competitor with BMW with 4 series really

A6 = 5 series

A7 = 6 series

A8 = 7 series

S4 = BMW 335 twin turbo

S5 = (no competitor it will be 4 series coupe probably with twin turbos)

S6 = BMW 550i

S7 = 6 series 650i

S8 = 750i

RS4 = M3

RS5 = (no competitor again = M4?)

RS6 = M5

RS7 = M6

both 7 series and S8 don't really go higher.. there is no M7 or RS8

Plus.. Audi has R8 which BMW really doesn't have an answer for.

Yes, but for the longest time they didn't have an RS5, not until this year, at least in the US. (New) RS4/RS6 are absent in the US as well, have been for a long time. RS7? Doesn't exist in the US for now. BMW is consistent with their lineup, their M models are readily available in the US. The same is true for most Mercedes and AMG products.

The new A6 is nice, but the new 5 series is also very nice and seriously underrated. Tthe base 535xi has 240hp/260tq, where as the base A6 2.0T has 211hp/258tq (E350 comes in at 302hp/273tq and a V6). The other models probably favor Audi with a slight power advantage, but not by much. I still don't like the ######'s goal to make Audi the #1 automaker - their cars are going to feel like a common Toyota/Honda/Ford/etc., and have no sense of owning a luxury car that's prestigious. Don't get me wrong, I still like Audi's, but I hope they continue making good cars in the future.

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Audis definitely aren't cosmetically similar to BMW. BMWs have looked pretty much the same for years and years, which is why they're boring (in my opinion). Audis are basically glorified VWs (which is the point, I guess), but at least they have a sharp/futuristic look to them.

What's up with the retractable GPS screen? Seems like a pretty tacky design.

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I'll say they are all good cars.. Mercedes is boring but really shines when it comes to AMG and their really sports models. They just started recently appealing a bit to the younger crowd.

BMWs have always appealed to younger crowd. They had the "scream" factor, they were fast and always handled great. Older models had a really aggressive look to them and I liked that about them but with the new design I'm just not digging it looks overdesigned and bulky. The interior of BMWs never impressed me. But they really never went for super tech interior anwyays.. They always went with their cars being the "drivers" car.

Audi always fit somewhere in between. It had offerings for the sporty crowd but most people who buy Audis (including myself) appreciate their amazing craftsmanship of interiors that have always set the bar for the car industry and we got just enough juice in those engines to put a grin on our faces. Audi always made cars that drove excellent and felt super comfortable.

But with recent years, with the appearance of A5 model and after, the R8, the revamped S series, the RS series (RS4, RS5) they really kicked it up a notch. They came close to BMWs with driving mechanics and performance with RS4 and now they have outpaced them with the new supercharged A6 engine and the S6/RS6 series when compared to BMW equivalents.

Now, I will say, that the BMW series 4 looks like BMW is hitting back. That car not only looks insane, it will have most likely amazing performance.

In general I don't really care too much about performance. I'm in my mid 30s and I appreciate the combination of comfort, technology and sportiness even if Audi isn't on top.

So I guess it's a matter of taste. In addition, Audi is the only car manufacturer that has given me so much for being loyal to them that I can't even express it. From not asking questions when my credit was crap, to giving me insane incentives on new models, to actual experience working with people at Audi dealership, it was night and day compared to both BMW and Mercedes dealerships where my experience felt like I should be happy for allowing me to drive their cars and buy from them.

This is why I love Audis and everything about them. The company is awesome, had 26 months of record breaking sales in US and outsold BMWs at one point. The brand is growing and the cars they produce now are absolutely magnificent.

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Mostly agree on everything. You really can't lose by buying one of the big three (and let's not forget Porsche! :p). German engineering is awesome, and they make excellent cars with great performance and luxury. They all have their unique personalities...

Personally, it's all about AMG and Mercedes - I've never had so much fun in any high performance German luxury car with oodles of both horsepower and torque. It puts a smile and grin on my face every time I stomp on the gas pedal. If a car can do that, then it has done its job. I just think the horsepower race is getting insane from Audi/BMW/MB, I love it!

Hopefully with Audi, they actually bring back the RS4 and RS6 into the US, because the S4/S6 (as great as they are) just don't cut it compared to the M3/C63 and M5/E63.

Regarding dealerships: It can be an interesting experience to buy a car. I'm in my mid 20's. I went to Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche dealerships. I got fully ignored in the BMW dealership, not even one sales person helped or acknowledged that I was there. The Audi dealership was very helpful, but they didn't have anything in their inventory that interested me at the time. The Porsche dealership was just full of pretentious snobs, and not helpful. The Mercedes dealer was the most helpful - they actually called me up while I was being ignored in the BMW dealership, and told me to come in and look and test drive the car (I had been there before to test drive the E550 coupe when it was released). Oh how fun it is to be ignored in dealerships especially when you're young...

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