Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Audi A3 Sedan now on sale , from RM180k

Spied and previewed over the past few weeks, full details of the new Audi A3 Sedan is now up on local distributor Euromobil’s website. We’ll go straight to the point here – there are two variants: 1.4 TFSI for RM179,900, and 1.8 TFSI quattro for RM240,888 (both prices on-the-road without insurance).

That makes the A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI the most affordable Audi on sale here, alongside the similarly priced three-door A1 and A1 Sportback. In comparison, the cheapest BMW sedan, the 316i, retails for RM209,800, while the Mercedes-Benz C 200 AMG Grand Edition and CLA 200 go for RM242,888 and RM235,888 respectively.

Now into the details. The smaller-engined variant shares the same 1.4 litre turbocharged motor with the base A1 pair, with 122 hp and 200 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 4,000 rpm. A seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch S tronic transmission handles the gearshifts. Zero to 100 km/h is handled in 9.3 seconds, on to a top speed of 205 km/h. It’s claimed to average just 4.9 litres per 100 km.

An extra RM60,000-odd gets you a bigger, more powerful engine and the all-important quattro all-wheel drive system (as opposed to the front-wheel drive 1.4 TFSI). The 1.8 litre turbocharged engine is tuned to deliver 180 hp and 280 Nm from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm in this application – more power but with less torque compared to the 160 hp/320 Nm Audi A4 1.8 TFSI.

The century sprint is dispatched in just 6.7 seconds through its six-speed (wet) dual-clutch S tronic transmission, bringing it close to the Volkswagen Golf GTI in terms of performance (0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds). Its top speed is 228 km/h, while its claimed combined cycle consumption is 6.6 litres per 100 km.

Both variants look identical from the outside, save for the model designation badges, quattro emblems on the range-topper and different wheel designs (both 17-inchers). Adaptive Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights are standard, which can be upgraded to full LED lights for RM8,000.


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