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When you can buy the new Audi A3 in South Africa

The facelifted Audi A3 was revealed to the world this morning and is scheduled to launch in South Africa in the final quarter of 2024, the domestic wing of Audi confirmed to TopAuto.

The updated model features sportier styling, new digital features, significantly expanded standard equipment, and an assortment of new materials for enhanced comfort.

As with the current iteration, the incoming A3 will be available locally in Sportback and Sedan body styles, but unfortunately, the new Allroad derivative with crossover-inspired styling and increased ground clearance is currently not in planning for our market.

Everything new

The refreshed A3 sees higher placement of the Audi badge on the nose, a wider and flatter hexagonal grille, larger side air intakes, a new front spoiler, and a redesigned rear bumper incorporating a more aggressive-looking diffuser.

Complementing the enhancements is a new headlight design that is significantly thinner than before and houses 24 individual pixel elements arranged in three rows. For the first time in the A3, these pixel elements can now be switched between four distinct daytime running light signatures for a higher degree of personalisation.

The tail lamps also feature a revised look and new staging of the coming/leaving home function.

Opening the door of the facelifted A3 reveals a host of cosmetic tweaks including new-design air vents completed in chrome, a revised centre console with integrated cupholders and armrests, a more compact gear shifter, door handles with new-effect finishes, and interior lighting accents in the doors and footwells.

Standard kit now comprises a leather multifunction steering wheel, Dinamica microfibre seat and door upholstery, a 10.1-inch central touchscreen, a digital driver’s display, a wireless phone charger, and two additional USB-C charging ports for the backseats.

Furthermore, the updated Audi lcomes with front-collision warnings with emergency braking, collision avoidance and turn assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise assist with lane-change assist, and park assist across the entire line-up.

A variety of infotainment and comfort functions can additionally be added online after purchase for a prescribed fee through the myAudi app, including smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, and high-beam assist.

“All functions can be booked for one month, six months, one year, three years, or permanently, depending on the customer’s individual needs,” said Audi.

In South Africa, the facelifted A3 will be sold in 35TFSI and 40TFSI specifications.

The 35TFSI is fitted with a 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol engine generating 110kW and 250Nm, combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox channeling power to the front wheels.

The setup reports an average fuel usage of 6.1-6.2l/100km and sees the Audi reach 100km/h in 8.2 seconds.

Meanwhile, the 40TFSI makes do with a bigger 2.0-litre power unit that bumps output up to 140kW and 320Nm, partnered with a dual-clutch automatic transmission with seven gears.

Average fuel economy in these models is slightly higher at 6.2-6.3l/100km, and the 100km/h acceleration time is noticeably lower at 7.4 seconds.

The South African pricing, specifications, and model line-up of the new Audi A3 will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch date in Q4 2024.


2024 Audi A3 Sportback


2024 Audi A3 Sedan


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