To say the new A3’s styling is a complete departure from the last model would be an overstatement but Audi has certainly dialed up the aggression here. The LED trapezoidal headlights are angrier and now flank a more intricate Singleframe honeycomb grille. In the rear, the taillight design looks far more complex, giving the impression that the car is ready to accelerate away from annoying tailgaters in a hurry. Then there are the wheels, which feature a five-spoke blade design that is far more stylized than the last-generation car. The more aggressive design is welcomed and will be needed to compete with its German rivals.
Crucially, Audi hasn’t ruined the A3 in its transition from a hatchback to a sedan, which is more difficult than you’d think. Both the BMW 2 Series and Mercedes A-Class look far more natural as hatchbacks but Audi, on the surface, has done a better job of designing the A3 to suit both body styles from the get-go.