List prices increase by $300 for all A3 models, reflecting the lower buying power of the Australian dollar. There are two exceptions – the 2.0-litre diesel Sportback model which increases by a dearer $400, and the 1.6-litre TDI diesel hatch, which remains unchanged, at $36,900.
Every model gains power or betters its fuel economy. The base engine – the 1.4-litre TFSI turbo petrol, shifts to 92kW (+2 kilowatts), while the newer 1.4-litre TFSI cylinder-on-demand motor is bumped up 7kW to 110kW. The base 1.6-litre diesel gains 4kW, moving it to 81kW.
The larger petrol and diesel among the A3 range – the 1.8 TFSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel, retain their power figures but see consumption gains of 0.1L / 100km – shifting to 5.6L / 100km (front-wheel-drive petrols), 6.5L / 100km (quattro petrols), or 4.4L / 100km (diesels).
The S3, available in sportback, sedan and cabriolet guises with the same 2.0-litre TFSI turbo petrol, sees a power gain of 4 kilowatts, taking it up to 210kW for 2015. However, that rise comes at a cost: S3 models are up $1,200, moving the basic Sportback over $60,000.
The updated Audis are available now.
All prices are RRP list prices, before on-road costs or options.
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