The colour display for the driver information system shows its graphics as 3D images and the retractable MMI monitor is only 11mm thick. Freeing up space up front by using an electric park brake button, there’s room for the optional MMI operating system with a touchpad for easier input of letters and numbers by finger motion.
BOLD OPERATOR: The new A3's cabin is completely redesigned and incorporates a number of state-of-the-art technologies. We're not sold on the colour scheme, though.
The 90kW 1.4 and 132kW 1.8 TFSI engines and the 110kW 2.0 TDI, compared with the powerplants used in the previous model, have fuel economies that are improved (on average) by 12%.
A1 ON STEROIDS? Based on the images, the three-door A3's styling closely follows that of its smaller A1 sibling.