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2014 New York Auto Show: 2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback (FAQ)

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What Is It?
2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback

What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback combines the practicality of a hatchback and the efficiency of diesel power in a premium compact package. It joins Audi's lineup of A3 products including the A3 sedan, A3 cabriolet, S3 sedan and A3 Sportback E-tron hybrid, all of which go on sale during the next 18 months.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Audi says to expect the A3 TDI Sportback in dealers in the summer of 2015.

How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but an Audi official says that the TDI powertrain typically adds a small premium over the base gasoline engine in other Audi models and that the A3 will follow suit. The 2015 Audi A3 Sedan starts at $30,795, including destination fees.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The TDI Sportback is one of three A3 body styles, including the sedan and cabriolet.

No official trim packages have been announced, but an Audi official tells us it's likely that the A3 TDI Sportback will follow the sedan's trim strategy, which is broken into three tiers: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel: 150 horsepower, estimated 236 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • The A3 TDI Sportback will be available only in front-wheel drive.

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The Audi A3 TDI Sportback will offer Audi's MMI interface to control the optional navigation system, audio-entertainment and interior functions. Audi Drive Select, which oversees steering weight, throttle and transmission response and suspension tuning will also be available. WiFi will be available as an option, as will picture navigation. Facebook and Twitter alerts as well as read-aloud news headlines will be available via Audi Connect.

What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Though official specs aren't yet available, an Audi official told Edmunds it's very likely that the A3 TDI Sportback will follow the A3 sedan's safety equipment offerings. That car provides standard antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front knee airbags, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and automatic seatbelt tightening and window closing (Audi Pre-Sense) in the case of a potential frontal collision. Rear side airbags are optional.

The sedan also brings optional advanced safety features to the table. Standard on the Prestige and optional on the Premium Plus is the Driver Assistance package, which includes a blind-spot warning system, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and an automated parking system. Optional on the Prestige trim is the Advance Technology package that adds lane-departure warning, frontal collision warning and frontal collision mitigation (with automatic braking) systems.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Acura ILX Hybrid: Though on paper it's a premium compact, the ILX Hybrid lacks the performance the A3 TDI should provide. It does, however, offer abundant standard features.

Lexus CT 200h: Also a hatchback, the Lexus CT 200h offers superb fuel economy and only slightly less power than the A3 TDI Sportback.

Mercedes-Benz CLA250: As the premium compact segment's other major player, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 offers the looks and high-end amenities buyers should expect. It doesn't, however, offer a diesel or hybrid powertrain.

Should You Wait for It?
Whether you should wait for the 2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback depends on your level of commitment to the features it offers. Specifically, those are its combination of diesel power (and the presumed fuel economy that comes with it), premium appointments, compact size and hatchback versatility.

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