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The A3 has been a part of the Audi lineup since 1996 when it was initially introduced solely to the European market. Available in Canada the new A3 (and the performance-based S3 variant) has been much-anticipated due to Audi skipping the 2021 model year. But it seems like the wait was worth it, as the 2022 iteration of the popular sedan features more power, improved handling, and updated tech.
 
Performance
 
The standard engine on the 2022 A3 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI engine that can get up to 201 horsepower. This engine is, of course, paired with the S tronic Audi transmission that offers smooth and rapid shifts while also providing optimal efficiency. For the first time on the A3, a standard 48-volt mild-hybrid system adds an extra boost upon launch and allows drivers to coast with the engine off in some situations.
 
As far as the 2022 S3 goes, you can expect a notable 306 hp from its engine (an increase of 18 hp from last year) as well as a 15 lb-ft increase in torque from 280 to 295 lb-ft. The turbo engine under the hood of the S3 also allows the sedan to go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. As a performance model, the S3 also gets an improved suspension that sits lower to the ground while an available S sport suspension comes with Audi Drive Select modes for varying terrain.
 
Interior
 
The driver-oriented cockpit of the 2022 A3 has been integrated with intuitive technology for an upgraded in-vehicle experience. For starters, the base trim offers front seats that are heated and can be power-adjusted eight ways with four-way power lumbar support. A memory system is available for the driver’s seat as well as the outside mirrors. More new standard features on the A3 include a panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control, and leather seating with contrast stitching. Since it’s a sporty model, the 2022 S3 receives newly developed S sport seats that are also heated and can be power-adjusted eight ways with four-way lumbar support.
 
The 2022 Audi A3 comes with a standard 10.1-inch MMI touch screen with the new MIB 3 system with handwriting recognition. This system also comes with a standard 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster or the available 12.3-inch virtual cockpit. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard while an available wireless phone charger helps you ditch cords completely.
 
We can't wait until it arrives at Audi Halifax this fall!!
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