Audi has evolved the design of the compact A3 hatchback to be more in line with its current comprehensive product portfolio. So the exterior features a sharper, more focused front end - incorporating LED daytime running lights - and it retains the car's characteristic thick rear pillar.
'We kept the A3 strong architecture that includes a typical two-box design and a significant bonnet,' explains exterior designer Achim Badstübner. 'The new two-piece tail lamps that features in all Audi cars now gives the A3 a stronger identity in the rear.'
It is inside that the A3 really delivers with the use of soft-touch plastics that almost have a bounce to them and don't seem to leave fingerprint marks, and a slim dashboard. When not in use, the infotainment screen - a touch pad like in the A8 - almost floats above. 'We wanted to bring the upscale technology of the A8 for the A3,' says Badstübner.
On sale: September 2012
Price: Circa £19,000