Audi A3 Sportback Begs The Question; Would An MQB By Any Other Name Smell As Sweet?

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
audi a3 sportback begs the question would an mqb by any other name smell as sweet

Are you longing to drive something on the MQB platform but too insecure to drive a Volkswagen Golf? Have we got something for you!

The Audi A3 Sportback, seen here, won’t be available in the USA; instead we’ll get a sedan variant that will be closer in spirit to the now iconic B5 Audi A4. With the 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the A3 weighs just 2,657 lbs, down roughly 200 lbs from its predecessor.

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  • Bkmurph Bkmurph on Sep 20, 2012

    One more abused semicolon and I'm gonna puke.

  • ZekeToronto ZekeToronto on Sep 22, 2012

    Put me down as another very satisfied owner (2009) who is disappointed the MQB-based replacement won't be offered (at least initially) as a sportback. The sedan that Audi has shown looks great, but the 4-door hatch/mini-wagon has been the most practical vehicle I've ever owned. In 3.5 years of ownership it's also been 100% trouble-free, so I'm definitely game for another A3. The question is whether I'm willing to wait.

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