Audi’s latest A3 wasn’t on sale in the US until 2021, but an updated version of the trendy compact is already being tested. That’s because the latest A3 has been available outside the US since 2020, meaning it should be due for a mid-cycle update in late 2023 or early the following year.
Prototypes seen in the wild confirm that an update is in the works. Our latest spy footage shows a prototype for the updated A3 Sportback hatch being sold overseas. Prototypes for the updated A3 sedan sold in the US have also been spotted.
We currently expect the updated A3 to hit showrooms in 2024 as a 2025 model. Once again, the US should only get the sedan.
The styling improvements visible on prototypes are subtle. The front fascia design has been revised around the side intake area, while the rear features new graphics in the taillights and a revised design for the reflectors in the rear fascia.
Audi A3 Sportback Facelift 2025 – Spy footage – Copyright: Baldauf
Representing the fourth generation of the nameplate, the latest A3 is based on an updated version of Volkswagen Group’s front-wheel drive modular MQB platform. It’s basically an under-the-skin twin with the latest Volkswagen Golf, which is due to be updated around the same time as the Audi. We also have spy footage of the updated Golf.
It’s unclear if any changes are planned in the powertrain department. The A3 is offered in the US with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 coupled with a mild hybrid system and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, with peak power at 201 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
Buyers looking for more power can opt for the S3 and RS 3 models. The S3 also comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-4, but has a much healthier 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the RS 3 has a turbocharged 2.5-litre inline-5 with 401 hp and 369 lb-ft contains of torque. The S3 and RS 3 are both equipped with all-wheel drive as standard. Prototypes for the updated S3 and S3 Sportback have also been spotted.
Audi may also be planning a ramping A3 Sportback to debut alongside the updated A3 range, similar to the smaller A1 Citycarver launched overseas in 2019. Although the automaker has yet to confirm plans for such a model.