It’s no secret sedan versions of hatchbacks exist mainly for the American and Chinese markets. Quite why you’d buy one over the equivalent better-looking, more practical, and often cheaper hatchback is beyond us. But maybe the new Audi A3 Sedan will be the car that changes our mind...
For the most part, the A3 Sedan is exactly the same as the new A3 Sportback. The engines are identical—from launch, that’s a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline (with 48B mild-hybrid tech, if you get the auto) or a 2.0-liter diesel—and so’s the technology.
Headlines include clever ‘Matrix’ LED headlamps, Car-to-X communication, and the latest MMI infotainment system, which has 10 times the computing power of the old A3’s setup. Unlike the new Golf (which is based on the same platform as the new Audi), the A3 keeps physical knobs and buttons for its climate controls.
The old A3 Sedan always looked a bit stubby to us, but this new one appears better proportioned. It’s 15cm longer than the hatchback and 4cm longer, 2cm wider, and 1cm taller than the old car. Expect Audi to do a long-wheelbase version for the Chinese market, which values decent legroom above all else.
Audi claims more headroom than before for front-seat passengers thanks to a lower seating position, but the same 425 liters of luggage space. That’s technically more than the A3 Sportback, but obviously, the cargo area isn’t as useful a shape.
Order books are set to open at the end of April, with actual deliveries from summer. In Germany, the Sedan costs only a few hundred euros more than the Sportback. Which one would you rather have?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.