• Feb 23, 2012
The 2013 Audi A3 will be rolling into the Geneva Motor Show next month, but first it went to Russia to get leaked all over the Internet. We saw one angle of it a few days ago, and now we see more of what looks to be a very handsome car. The move to the new MQB platform hasn't altered anything drastically, but revisions in the hatchback's details have made for a more concentrated bearing, with very A1-like appearance.

The interior is practically a throwback to the original Audi TT, with a cleaned-up, minimalist IP sporting a screen atop the dash, the expanse below broken up only by two round vents and HVAC controls below.

The three-door is expected to be followed by variants that include a convertible, five-door and sedan. According to Google's translation of Russian, engine options will include TSFI engines with 122 and 180 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission alongside a seven-speed dual-clutch option.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad my 6-year-old A3 doesn't look too aged when compared to this, at least on the outside. Inside is a different story. Also looks like they addressed the arm rest in the middle - does stick out like as an afterthought any more.
      1STH
      • 2 Years Ago
      i really love my 2012 A3 quattro......and this MQB version seems like it is just improving on already what is a superb compact luxury-sport hatchback. Unfortunately the US market will only get the Sedan version of the A3 when it arrives here in late 2013----although it's possible the Hatchback may join the lineup at a future date pending success of the new Sedan. These are great cars though, separated from other compact european and japanese luxury-sport hatches by the fact that they are built to high quality standards with great balance and functionality.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've always loved the A3. A Diesel, AWD, luxurious hatch, what more could you ask for? Though I must say, I'm definitely not a fan of the direction they went with the redesigned interior. And i'm not talking about the colors. The dashboard just looks so "blah" compared to say the Lexus CT. http://www.cartype.com/pics/7947/full/lexus_ct-200h_in_11_03.jpg
        kcroc10077
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I'll wait until I get a better view or put mu butt in the seat. In general I like clean, uncluttered interiors. This one seems to fit the bill. Hopefully, they'll add some soft touch materials instead of the plastic-fantastic wonderland of the current car.
      Ryth
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope the A3 Sedan looks better then this...not impressed. I was impressed by the A3 Sedan concept which they said was close to 85% production in it's look. If this A3 is the 15% taken off, then don't know how they came up with that % because this looks nothing like the A3 Sedan concept. Now if the A3 sedan is getting a different look then good...but it worries me that the sedan is going to be MEH.
      wave9x
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the design, I'd much rather have proportional, clean and aesthetically appealing styling than "innovative" with incongruent curves ans such. Interior, as always for Audis, looks nice, but I wish the LCD was integrated and not a pop up. That's a disappointment.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Put enough horsepower and quattro into it and it will sell. Try 400hp and audi's 5 cylinder. Bazinga!
      Peycha
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a boring peace of ....
      Twittavelli
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some of you guys are so stupid, you want interesting get a veloster and save your ducketts. Audi stays true to form and true to thier loyal customers and enthusiasts. This care is beautiful inside out and speaks to the audi language. You want some thing more agressive go rice your sh** up after you buy it. My only thing with audi is their horse power and torque ratings could be a bit better. Some models that they make Euro only should be here in the states. But I understand how supply and demand works. See the cars will go where people can afford them and while most of us like to sit up here and oggle these cars and say I would get that. Fact of the matter is most of us cant afford to.
      EverythingBagel
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...is that a new car? I've long been saying that Audi needs to shake up their design direction a little bit. The whole notion of family resemblance has been taken to an extreme with them.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blah. Same face. Every car. They're ALL doing it.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an innovative design... yawn
      wave9x
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please Audi, bring the 5 door hatch to the US! We already have hundreds (thousands?) of sedans to choose from.
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