Since its 2015 redesign, and Audi A3 has gone through a handful of powertrain, lineup, and feature updates. The 2021 Audi A3 will change things up with a full redesign. Like any Audi redesign, though, it's more of an evolution than a revolution.
Up front, the 2021 Audi A3 will gain a larger singleframe grille, bolder headlights with more prominent downward-flowing outer sections, additional hood ridges, and more angular outer-bumper air inlet surrounds. Around back, the new sedan will add more three-dimensional taillight lenses and a new bumper. Tying this all together will be a more coupe-like roofline and softer body lines down the sides.
Inside, the 2021 A3’s updates will be striking. They’ll include a sportier steering wheel design, a sleek in-dash infotainment touchscreen, more angular HVAC vents, a silver accent on stretching from the steering column to the passenger door, and tons more.
The 2021 A3’s tech will also get healthy upgrades. These will include a 12.3-inch virtual gauge cluster, a standard 10.1-inch touchscreen or optional, a 10.3- or 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, handwriting detection, Wi-Fi, MIB 3 infotainment system with 10 times the processing power, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and more.
The worldwide A3 will have gasoline and TDI models. While we know the TDI won’t return to the U.S., it remains unclear what gasoline engine the U.S-spec 2021 A3 will have. In the global market, the base engine will be a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’ll deliver 148 horsepower. This engine will mate with either a manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With the DCT, the A3 will gain a 48-volt mild hybrid system.
The current A3 lacks standard advanced safety tech, but we expect the 2021 A3 to add at least standard automatic emergency braking. We also expect advanced options like lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and more. This may be enough to earn it an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation if its structure holds up.