In the markets this
summer, from 21,600 euros in Germany (5
of 6 >>>)
A3 premium compact 3-door hatchback
Lighter, larger inside with bigger luxury cars high-tech
options from the menu: navigation, telephone, radio,
media, or car settings (parameters of the Audi
Drive Select for comfort, auto, dynamic, individual or
The Audi connect system
bundles all infotainment technologies with the
Internet, infrastructure and other vehicles.
The main component is the
Mobile phone preparation – High with Online Services as a supplement to
MMI navigation plus. It produces the connection to the Internet via a UMTS
module. Passengers can surf and email with up to eight mobile
devices via an integrated WLAN hotspot.
For the driver, the Mobile
phone preparation – High with Online Services option brings customised
Internet services, including navigation with
images from Google Earth, the new web radio function Audi music stream,
Google POI search by voice control and Google Street View.
Driver Information System between the
two round instruments.
The Audi online traffic
information option exploits anonymous
information from the movement profiles of hundreds of thousands of
smartphones and navigation units that are travelling on the road, to offer an
up-to-date picture of the traffic
situation, which incorporates country roads and cities. The driver
sees his or her individual route on the MMI monitor shown in green,
yellow, orange or red – depending on traffic load.
The driver assistance
systems include the Audi adaptive cruise control (ACC),
which maintains the selected gap with the car ahead by automatically accelerating
or braking – up to a vehicle speed of 150 km/h (93mph).
Interior options include the LED interior
lighting package, and an electronic climate control with
Audi says that with the
optional assistance package, which combines several systems, the control range is
extended up to 200 km/h (124mph). In case of an impending
collision, the ACC system warns the driver in progressive stages, and can
even initiate, if necessary, a partial braking to reduce the car’s speed at
In case of collision, the new system is activated to prevent uncontrolled
secondary car travel after the initial collision and simultaneously
activates the interior lighting. If the Mobile phone preparation – High
with Online Services option is fitted, a call is also made to emergency
services. Activated at speeds below 30 km/h (19mph), the system applies full
braking in an emergency situation, which can also prevent
secondary collisions with pedestrians.
/ active lane assist
Other driver assistance
systems include the Audi side assist, which monitors traffic at the back of the car
with the radar technology to simplify lane changes for the driver, while Audi active lane
assist helps to stay in lane by making a slight steering
correction if necessary.
The system’s video camera is also used by the
traffic sign detection system; it shows speed limits and other traffic
signs on a monitor in conjunction with MMI navigation plus.
recommendation system detects when the driver is fatigued, and advise him / her to take some rest.
Other optional systems
provide parking assistance. The park assist takes over steering duties during perpendicular and
parallel parking. If necessary, it can make multiple forward and reverse
manoeuvres. Its 12 ultrasonic sensors detect obstacles around the car, and it can also now be supplemented by a
The parking system plus with surround view
cameras uses four small
cameras (in the front grille, at the rear and in the door mirror
housings) to record images of the car’s immediate surroundings.
Meanwhile, a computer assembles these
images, and the driver can call up different views on the large on-board
monitor; shown at the top is a bird’s-eye view.
Park assist plus with
surround view cameras can help in tricky manoeuvres, as there are special views that show the areas in front of and behind the
Audi A3, and the cameras also give drivers a view of cross traffic.
Another high-end option is
the Audi pre sense basic safety system. When it detects an unstable
driving state via the sensors of the ESP stabilization system, it tenses
the front seat belts with electric motors and closes the sunroof and side