The Audi A3 sedan has been around for 5 years in India, and has reached the end of its life cycle. Abroad, a replacement for the Audi A3 sedan is just around the corner. To clear stocks ahead of the all-new car, Audi India is offering massive discounts on the outgoing model. The car is now cheaper by up to Rs. 5 lakhs, which effectively means that someone opting for the Audi A3 can actually buy a Maruti Suzuki WagonR with just the discount offered on the luxury car.
Of course, the Maruti WagonR and Audi A3 can’t be compared but then, bringing the WagonR into the picture is to indicate how big the discount on the A3 is. The Audi A3 got a mid life facelift in 2017, and the car look sharper, especially from front. The only competition for the Audi A4 in India comes from the Mercedes Benz CLA sedan. BMW, on the other hand, does not offer a sedan version of the 1-Series here.
The Audi A3 is the German luxury car brand’s least priced vehicle for the Indian market. Audi even offers a cabriolet version of the A3, but at a much more higher price. The current A3 is assembled at Audi’s Aurangabad factory from imported completely knocked down (CKD) kits. The car is offered with two engine options: A 1.8 liter turbocharged petrol with a 148 Bhp-250 Nm paired to a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox, and a 2 liter turbocharged diesel with 140 Bhp-320 Nm.
|Variant||Old price||New price|
|A3 35 TFSI Premium Plus||INR 33,12,000/-||INR 28,99,000/-|
|A3 35 TFSI Technology||INR 34,57,000/-||INR 30,99,000/-|
|A3 35 TDI Premium Plus||INR 34,93,000/-||INR 29,99,000/-|
|A3 35 TDI Technology||INR 36,12,000/-||INR 31,99,000/-|
The diesel engine also gets a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. Both engines drive the front wheels of the car, and the diesel engine – with its higher torque – is the pick of the lot. Compact and nimble, the Audi A3 is aimed at those who want a compact sedan mainly for city driving. It’s also meant to be a second or third car in a garage that already has bigger cars.
The all-new Audi A3 has been spied testing on roads in Europe. The car will make its debut shortly, and will be available in hatchback and sedan body styles. We expect Audi to bring in the new A3 in sedan form for the Indian market, sometime by the end of this year. The new car is expected to get a Plug-In hybrid powertrain, and a turbo petrol motor. A diesel motor is unlikely to be offered given the Dieselgate fiasco that the Volkswagen group is still embroiled in. An all-electric version of the Audi A3 will also be launched in European markets. The new car is also expected to be offered in high performance S3 trim. The new car is expected to be slightly larger and pricier than the outgoing version.