The more practical version of the 2013 A3 has been unveiled this week during the Paris Motor Show, sitting next to the hotter S3 variant. The five-door A3 Sportback is 73mm longer than its three-door counterpart and comes with a 2636mm wheelbase which is 35m longer than the one of the three-door version and at the same time 58mm longer than the one of the model it replaces.
Thanks to this extended length, the passengers sitting in the back now have “several more millimeters” of legroom, with Audi saying that there’s enough room for three adults in the back. While the three-door offers 365 liters of boot space, the five-door version provides 380 liters which represents a 10-liter increase over the outgoing A3 Sportback. If this isn’t enough, you can fold down the rear seats and increase this figure to 1220 liters.
By making the switch to the VW Group’s MQB platform, the new A3 Sportback can be up to 90 kg (198 pounds) lighter than the model it replaces. The engine offerings will be the same as for the three-door version so upon launch it will be available with 1.4-liter TFSI and 1.8-liter TFSI gasoline engines, along with a 2.0-liter TDI. The same thing goes for the trim levels which will be identical.
Pretty soon it will go on order in United Kingdom at a starting price of 19,825 pounds, making it 620 pounds more expensive than the three-door. The high-end model will cost 27,810 pounds. Clients should get their cars at the beginning of 2013.