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AUDI A3 Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 6
First production year: 1996
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: Hatchback
 

2016 - 2017

More expensive than the Ford Focus or the VW Golf, the Audi A3 offered a roomy cabin with nice luxury touches. Sharing its platform with the VW Golf and the Seat Leon, the A3 was a better choice. While the exterior design was very similar to the previous generation’s, the cabin was fitted with high-quality materials and advanced technology. Visual updates included a redesigned front end wi...

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gasoline engines:

  AUDI A3 1.0L TFSI 6MT (116 HP)

  AUDI A3 1.0L TFSI 7AT (116 HP)

  AUDI A3 1.4L TFSI 6MT (150 HP)

  AUDI A3 1.4L TFSI 7AT (150 HP)

  AUDI A3 2.0L TFSI quattro 7AT (190 HP)

diesel engines:

  AUDI A3 1.6L TDI 6MT (110 HP)

  AUDI A3 1.6L TDI 7AT (110 HP)

  AUDI A3 2.0L TDI 6AT (150 HP)

  AUDI A3 2.0L TDI 6MT (150 HP)

  AUDI A3 2.0L TDI quattro 6AT (184 HP)

  AUDI A3 2.0L TDI quattro 6MT (150 HP)

2012 - 2016

The third generation of the Audi A3 was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It was lighter, better equipped, and offered a better fuel-efficiency than before. After the Dieselgate, the German brand had to develop and launch cleaner cars to prove that they are eco-friendly. The Audi A3 was a good starting point since it was one of its top sellers on the market. A lighter car with better fu...

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2003 - 2005

There were not too many compact-segment premium hatchbacks in 2003 when Audi introduced the second generation of its Golf-based vehicle. When Audi launched the first generation of the A3, many people laughed and asked why someone would pay more money for a stylish Golf. But the German carmaker proved that it was the right car at the right moment. Even though it shared its underpinnings with i...

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1996 - 2003

The first generation of the A3 was the first compact-hatchback Audi in the premium segment. The result exceeded expectations and, over time, evolved from a simple, 3-door hatchback, into a full range. In 1993, BMW launched the E36/5 3-Series Compact as a 3-door hatchback. It was a link to an older BMW 1600 hatchback from the beginning of the '70s. The result was surprising. With a rela...

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