Vehicle Profile: 2022 Audi A3
If you’ve been a fan of the A3, then you’re going to love what Audi has in store for the low-priced sedan for 2022. The latest model year brings more than just tech and performance upgrades; after skipping the 2021 model year, the budget-friendly A3 is back with a makeover that draws design cues from higher-end entries in the Audi lineup.
Transformed from head to toe
The A3 gets a new look for the new year, and its new style is even more elegant than before. The first element you’ll notice that has changed is the grille, which now has a honeycomb design. The other fascia elements are sharper, and the character lines marking the hood are far more pronounced. The bumpers and base edging are rounded off, creating a more subdued, sophisticated silhouette.
What the A3 does best is deliver the brand’s signature sophistication and panache at a low price point. As the entry-level sedan in the Audi lineup, the A3 is compact in its dimensions, distilling what you love about larger Audi cars into a smaller package — with a smaller price tag.
The A3’s cabin is brimming with quality materials and luxurious touches. You’ll notice alu-optic interior elements throughout, as well as leather upholstery wrapping the heated sport seats. Above you is the panoramic sunroof, and in front of you is a driver-centric dashboard layout crowned by a digital Virtual Cockpit gauge display.
Technology at your fingertips
Being an Audi model, the A3 certainly doesn’t skimp on technology. On the contrary, the latest A3 has even more cutting-edge features and digital innovations than ever before. At the forefront of the car’s user technology is the 10.1-inch screen that uses MMI® touch technology to let you access the infotainment system with ease. Through it, you can use the Audi smartphone interface and Bluetooth® connection.
Safety technology is abundant in the 2022 A3, starting with Audi pre sense® basic. It uses radar and cameras to keep watch on all sides of your car and alert you of potential collisions. On the A3 Prestige, you can use MMI® Navigation plus to help you find your way to your destination.
Behind the wheel of the A3
Grip the steering wheel, tap the shift paddles, and take the A3 for a ride. This year, it has an improved 2.0-liter TFSI engine under the hood, utilizing a mild-hybrid system to produce 221 lb-ft of torque for peppy acceleration while maintaining conservative fuel usage. If you want to stick with the standard S tronic® front-wheel drive system, you can, but the A3 has much better stability and handling when equipped with quattro® all-wheel drive.
When you’re not putting the pedal to the metal, you can relax and let the available Audi adaptive cruise assist system do the work. It keeps the A3 a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of it, even without you having to apply the brakes. Available lane-keeping assist also guides your car back toward the center of the lane if it starts to veer over the line.
It is possible to drive a luxury car when you’re on a budget — if you own the 2022 Audi A3. This affordably priced premium sedan may be your entry point into the esteemed Audi family.
This article is presented by Zimbrick European.