While the car’s exterior dimensions at 4,310mm (169.7 inches) long, 1,780mm (70.1 inches) and 1,425mm (56.1 inches) tall are only slightly greater than on the previous Sportback, the new model now rides on a 2,636 millimeters (103.8 inches), an increase of 58 millimeters (2.28 in).
The five-door model is also 35 millimeters (1.38 in) longer between the axles than the three-door version, resulting in an increase in rear passenger legroom. The luggage compartment offers 380 liters (13.42 cu ft) of space in the basic configuration and can be expanded to 1,220 liters (43.08 cu ft) with the rear seats (60:40 split) folded down.
Just like the three-door A3, the Sportback benefits from a significant weight reduction by as much as 90 kilograms (199 pounds) compared with the previous version. According to Audi, when equipped with the 1.4 TFSI engine, the five-door model has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,205 kilograms (2,657 lbs).
Speaking about engines (and as you will soon find out, lot’s of numbers…), in Europe, the new A3 Sportback will launch with a choice of one TDI and two TFSI units, with more diesel and gasoline units to follow in late 2013.
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