For those who enjoy driving but are compelled by the need to combine performance with a modicum of practicality, sports sedans have long been the perfect choice. Despite the seismic shift towards SUVs in recent years, it’s great to see that some automakers—primarily from Germany—are keeping the faith. The latest example is the new 2022 Audi A3, along with its S3 sporting cousin.
The A3 is Audi’s smallest four-door sedan, although this latest version has grown slightly. It’s 1.2 inches longer, 0.8 inch wider, and half an inch taller than its predecessor. Lest you think that it’s a tiny car, the new A3 is the same width and barely an inch shorter than an E90-generation BMW 3-series. Interior volume is also similar, but trunk space is about 10 percent less.
he new model is wrapped in sheetmetal that doesn’t depart much from the outgoing model. The profile is sleek, and the front face is dominated by a large grille. But it’s a subdued look with minimal sculpting, and it is perhaps the least eye-catching of any vehicle in Audi’s lineup. The S3 version is similarly low key, with a coarser grille texture, larger and wider wheels, and a subtle rear spoiler. Improvements in mirror design, underbody cladding, and other details have reduced the drag coefficients by about 10 percent across the board.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.