The stunning Audi A3 3-door hatchback written by: AmyGtt The third generation of the Audi A3-3 door version is offered with a wide variety of both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engines are available in 1.2 litre, 1.6 litre and 1.8 litre with power outputs varying from 105bhp all the way to 180bhp. The two diesel engines on offer are the 1.6 litre and the 2.0 litre engines, both of which are turbocharged. The power is transmitted to either the front wheels or all four wheels, if the car is equipped with Audi’s Quattro system, via a 6 speed manual gearbox or a S-tronic gearbox with either 6 or 7 ratios.

This generation of the Audi A3 is built on the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform. It comes equipped with independent suspension, MacPherson struts up front and a multilink setup at the rear. This ensures that the car is as comfortable navigating through congested city roads as it is on the open roads.

The exterior of the car is aesthetically pleasing and the LED lights available on this car make it visually attractive when powered on. The compact dimensions of the car make it easy to drive through traffic. The Bi-Xenon headlights make driving in low visibility conditions easy. The electronic power steering at low speeds makes navigating traffic easy and the steering gradually becomes heavier as the speed increases, offering good stability at high speeds.

This compact luxury hatchback comes with an array of features including dual zone climate control and cruise control. The interiors are simple yet very elegantly designed. The large display screen located at the center of the dashboard is used to operate many of the features, including the music system, satellite navigation and driving modes. Climate control, which is a standard feature on this car, is powerful and can maintain the desired temperature without a fuss. It also comes packed with practical features such as auto dimming mirrors, rain and speed sensing wind screen wipers, an illuminated glove box and an electronically adjustable driver’s seat.

Lot of standard safety features are in place in the case of an accident. The car is equipped with ABS(anti-lock brake system), EBD(electronic brake force distribution), ESP(electronic stabilization program) and brake assist, all of which work in tandem to ensure safety of the passengers even in really bad weather conditions. The car is also fitted with several airbags, some of which have multi stage deployment and seat belt pre-tensioners, which kick into action if the car detects the possibility of a collision.

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