It's one thing to hear automotive executives liken their entry-level luxury car to their largest luxury car, but it's quite another to, sort of, agree with them. The new Audi A3 sedan is no A8, but it's a heck of a lot more luxurious and feature-packed than you'd expect it to be.
The new compact sedan is 6.5 inches longer than the current A3 hatchback, and the designers endeavored to make the new sedan appear longer, with a creased hood that comes pretty far forward to meet the grille. From many angles it does the trick, but if you view the car's profile, it still has the stubbiness associated with front-wheel drive. Modest fender flares give the car a sporty, broad look.
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The white A3 TDI at the preview was equivalent to a well-equipped Premium Plus model, so it didn't represent the base trim level, but Audi says the greatest visual difference is smaller wheels. Checkmark-shaped LED running lights are an Audi signature (though everyone seems to be copying them). The red, sportier S3 wears LED headlights, which won't be standard on the A3.