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Old 01-23-2020, 05:23 AM   #1
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We’ve seen everything there is to see on the exterior of the next-gen Audi A3 and S3, but now it’s time for a peek on the inside. Our first impression: it pushes the current Audi interior design language further than any previously. The current A3 did something similar when it was launched, and much like that car, this one has already divided opinions.

Before we get to those, let's take a closer look. The Audi family look is apparent at first glance from all the angular straight-edged lines and geometric shapes. The dash is clean, modern and awfully angular at first glance, but we’re also seeing influence from the new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf. Look no further than the tiny trimmer of a gear selector on the center console. The size and functionality of it looks identical to what's in the new Golf, but the Audi’s little switch is finished in what looks like a shiny aluminum as opposed to the piano black and silver combo in the VW.

Similarities like this are expected when two cars share a platform. However, there are plenty of distinct Audi touches, too. The center stack relies on more physical buttons than touchscreen controls, as we can clearly make out a bunch of climate control buttons tucked under the screen. It resembles what we’d expect other new Audis to look like if they didn’t have the stacked dual touchscreens. Since the A3 and S3 will be some of the cheapest Audis available, the decision to forego a dual-screen infotainment system is no surprise. There is a second screen visible in these shots, though — the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is here and we suspect it'll be standard.

Although the overall angular nature of the design divided opinions among our editors, one detail that stands out as a bit funky to even those generally in favor is the air vent situated just above the infotainment screen. It juts out awkwardly, and it’s not joined by a symmetrical vent on the other side.

As for the exterior, there’s nothing new that we haven’t already seen in other spy shots. This particular S3 is the hatchback, which we won’t be getting in the United States anyway. Regardless, these photos of the interior have us intrigued for the future of Audi design. This isn't just a shrunken version of pricier models, it's something different, something bolder. That's appropriate for a more youthful car like the A3. Mercedes went bold with the interiors found in the new A-Class and even newer CLA, so it’s a good thing that Audi is bringing something similar to the table.”






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The most obvious novelty is the placement of the MMI, with the infotainment system now neatly integrated into the center console rather than being a tablet that sticks out from the dashboard like a sore thumb. The circular air vents of the outgoing model have been replaced by more angular clusters to go along with the edgier shape of the dashboard.

Unlike on the larger Audi models where there’s a secondary touchscreen lower on the center console for the climate control settings, the new A3 / S3 / RS3 model will stick to conventional buttons by the looks of it. Below them appears to be another row of physical controls, with the hazard lights button mounted in the middle.

That tiny gear selector looks familiar because we’ve pretty much seen it already on the new VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, with the next SEAT Leon likely to feature a similar shift-by-wire setup on the models equipped with the automatic transmission.

Although at first, it may seem there’s only one central air vent, chances are the second vent is positioned to the right of the MMI, right above where we think there’s a “Quattro” badge on the passenger side of the dashboard. The fact that it doesn’t seem to have a symmetrical layout will certainly upset those who would rather have a traditional arrangement of the air vents.

Moving our eyes lower on the center console, we’re noticing what appears to be a rotary controller likely for the sound system since it appears to have a mute button, an on/off switch, along with fast forward and fast rewind keys. An electric parking brake is also noticeable, as is the flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The digital instrument cluster will likely be standard even on the entry-level A3, while those body-hugging seats wrapped in leather with the “S” logo embossed on the backrests are obviously reserved for the performance version.

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In regards to how much power it will offer, the Audi S3 Sportback and Sedan should get a healthy bump over the current 288 hp seeing as how the next VW Golf R is expected to have nearly 330 horsepower. Logic tells us the S3 will at least match that, and up the power ante to more than 400 horses for the five-cylinder RS3 range topper.

Expect the wraps to come off as early as March at the Geneva Motor Show, but Audi will probably decide to show the A3 first. The S3 should follow shortly, either before the year’s end or early 2021 in both Sportback and Sedan flavors.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:29 AM   #2
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The joysticks, I could see them there because engineering vehicle.
The HU screen, shinny surface, and layout
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Not digging that new interior. The shift nub is very unappealing, it looks like they tried for a more driver centric cockpit but it just looks wonky from this angle and that piano black is a big no.
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Old 01-23-2020, 12:22 PM   #4
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ANYTHING is better than the current interior. Talk about outdated...
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You are fake news.
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100% improved from the outgoing interior. I sorta like this. The hvac vents around the cluster look a little odd, but I'll reserve judgement until we see some real cockpit shots. Either way, the pathetic interior of the outgoing model really would hold me back from ever considering any audi 3.
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Man, apart from the pop up nav I like the current interior. No idea why it's being bashed.
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Audi S3 and even RS3 has nice seats but the interior and center stack looks downright ****ty econo box looking imho
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Man, apart from the pop up nav I like the current interior. No idea why it's being bashed.
It was fine, in 2013 when it came out... But even the Mk7 Golf/GTI/Golf R interior is superior in fit and finish plus materials. It doesn't feel like an Audi interior.
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It's weird to see people on a Subaru forum bashing Audi interior quality. Modern Audis and VWs are nice.
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Modern Audis outside the A3/S3, and some VWs are nice.
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The Mk3 Audi TT has one of my favorite interiors right now, not just in design but in terms of fit and finish, durability and materials. If you look at a 2016 used one right now with like 30k+ miles, the interior is still sturdy as a rock.

A3/S3 interiors feel loose and plasticy after a few years. Not as bad as Mercades or MINI, but they don't hold up nearly as well as other Audi's from the same time period.
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The Mk3 Audi TT has one of my favorite interiors right now, not just in design but in terms of fit and finish, durability and materials. If you look at a 2016 used one right now with like 30k+ miles, the interior is still sturdy as a rock.

A3/S3 interiors feel loose and plasticy after a few years. Not as bad as Mercades or MINI, but they don't hold up nearly as well as other Audi's from the same time period.
Hmmm, this is my first Audi, I guess Iíll have to see how it ages. The shiny piano black trim in the new one seems like itíll age pretty poorly though.
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I like the EMO button.
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It's weird to see people on a Subaru forum bashing Audi interior quality. Modern Audis and VWs are nice.
Can't stand the styling on the outgoing 3 cars... The ugly round vents and the tablet - just awful. Not about the quality, but the styling. By far, I prefer the interior on my R. Blows away the competition.
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Can't stand the styling on the outgoing 3 cars... The ugly round vents and the tablet - just awful. Not about the quality, but the styling. By far, I prefer the interior on my R. Blows away the competition.
my wife has a 2019 a4. the interior is no better than my car. it also doesnt have half the tech my car does and the stereo is crap in comparison. blows my mind that people cry about the price of golf r's but dont bat an eye at the price of other cars that cost much more and do nothing better but have a luxury badge on them.
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that centre thing with the shifter reminds me of what Porsche ended up using with the PDK.
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Hmmm, this is my first Audi, I guess Iíll have to see how it ages. The shiny piano black trim in the new one seems like itíll age pretty poorly though.
All this being said, i still like S3s and RS3s. Its just too bad we dont get the hatch/wagon.
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All this being said, i still like S3s and RS3s. Its just too bad we dont get the hatch/wagon.
Amen! I would have preferred a Golf R, but none were available in my state in the time frame I was looking to buy. I figured I could deal with a different body around the drive train I really wanted, but would have much preferred a hatch.
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It was fine, in 2013 when it came out... But even the Mk7 Golf/GTI/Golf R interior is superior in fit and finish plus materials. It doesn't feel like an Audi interior.
I absolutley hate the golf r interior. See how opinions differ between people?
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I hate the eGolf exterior of the Golf R.
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I absolutley hate the golf r interior. See how opinions differ between people?
What don't you like about it?
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What don't you like about it?
The plastics arent hard enough and the stereo has more than 14 watts?
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The plastics arent hard enough and the stereo has more than 14 watts?
The B&O systems seems alright, about on par with the HK in my 17 STI Limited.
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The plastics arent hard enough and the stereo has more than 14 watts?
What do you mean by "hard enough"? Soft touch materials are generally preferred... Lots of piano black, but it's been really durable and hasn't scratched yet in my car after almost 2 years.

The Fender stereo that's standard now is spectacular. If you listen to music with deep bass, the sub might run out of steam, but for rock or alternative, it's great.
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