2022 Audi A3 Sedan Preview

Jack R. Nerad | Jun 11, 2021
  • Completely redesigned subcompact luxury sedan
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder with a mild-hybrid system
  • Standard 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel and all-wheel drive systems
  • Sophisticated exterior design with boldly sculpted fenders
  • Upscale interior reminiscent of larger, more expensive Audi models
  • Standard digital instrumentation and touchscreen infotainment system
  • Complete collection of Audi Pre Sense safety technologies

Since its introduction, the Audi A3 has made the favorites list of many an enthusiast driver, and the all-new 2022 Audi A3 sedan arriving later this year is virtually certain to continue in that tradition. 

2022 Audi A3 Sedan Gray Front View

From its more sophisticated exterior styling and its advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) to its willing engine and performance-tuned suspension, the 2022 Audi A3 promises to deliver exactly what buyers in the entry-level luxury segment want. 

Audi will offer the 2022 Audi A3 in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Premium grade is the most basic, but still comes remarkably well equipped. The Premium Plus includes the features most buyers want, while the Prestige is a fully equipped vehicle with virtually all the creature comforts, infotainment tech, and ADAS equipment.

When it comes to market, it will have an estimated base price of just under $35,000, with the Prestige Quattro kicking off at close to $45,000.

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2022 Audi A3 Gray Rear Quarter View ActionIn terms of overall exterior design, the A3 is all grown up. Its coupe-inspired silhouette and heavily sculpted flanks give the car a bolder appearance, but the A3 keeps the handy size that enhances its fun-to-drive nature.

Like all recent Audis, the automaker’s signature “Singleframe” grille dominates the front end, complete with a honeycomb pattern. In contrast to the substantial grille, the standard LED headlights are cat’s eye slits, and the available LED Matrix-design headlights create their own distinctive look. 

Bold front and rear fenders are met in the middle by wasp-waist body sides with expressive sculpting of their own. The roofline hints at a coupe while managing to maintain rear-seat headroom, while a discreet spoiler tops the trunk lid. 

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2022 Audi A3 Interior Dashboard

The interior continues the theme promised by the exterior. The 2022 Audi A3 is more sophisticated in both its design and materials, but it still manages to be more expressive and “fun” than the interior of the larger A4.

Even in the most affordable Premium trim, standard equipment includes leather upholstery, heated 8-way power-adjustable front seats, a triple-zone climate control system, and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Audi also asserts that the cockpit of the A3 sedan is “entirely focused on the driver.” To give credence to that assertion, the central Multi-Media Interface (MMI) touchscreen display is canted toward the driver for greater ease of use.

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The A3 will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 201 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) powers the new A3’s front wheels unless you get the available Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The turbo 4-cylinder uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that captures energy that would otherwise be lost via regeneration during deceleration, and uses it to power the car’s various electrical systems. It can also boost torque when accelerating from a stop, effectively serving as a small electric supercharger. And it facilitates longer “engine-off” coasting and stopping to conserve fuel.

Additionally, Audi Drive Select allows the driver to choose different modes that adjust powertrain behavior, steering feel and response, and in models with adaptive dampers, the suspension tuning. Settings range from fuel-efficient to comfort- or dynamic-oriented.

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Audi offers a comprehensive array of Pre Sense safety and drive-assist technology in the all-new 2022 A3.

The sedan includes standard Audi Pre Sense Front (automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection) and Audi Pre Sense Basic (prepares the cabin and occupants for an impending front collision). Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance is also standard, along with automatic high-beam headlights.

Safety-related upgrades include blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assistance, and Audi Pre Sense Rear (prepares the cabin and occupants for an impending rear collision). Parking sensors and semi-automated parking assistance are also available for the new 2022 Audi A3.

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Despite being Audi’s entry-level car in the U.S., the automaker fills the 2022 A3 with technology, including standard digital instrumentation. A 10.25-inch display panel is standard, with a 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit display available as an option. A head-up display that projects important information onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision is also available. 

Audi’s MIB 3 third-generation infotainment system supplies ten times more computing power than its predecessor. In the A3, the MIB 3 system features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that accommodates handwriting inputs, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a natural language voice control system. Upgrades include Audi Connect Prime connected services, MMI Navigation Plus, and Audi Phone Box wireless smartphone charging.

2022 Audi A3 Competitors - Find the best Audi deals!

With Americans shifting en masse to small crossover SUVs, there are few small luxury cars left. Therefore, with the redesigned 2022 A3, Audi will compete against a handful of competitors, including the Acura ILX, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class and CLA-Class.

Audi is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of June 10, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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