The third-generation Audi A3 family has become quite the success story for Audi. In 2014 alone, the range of compact premium vehicles accounted for a healthy 22,250 sales in the United States, a 2,500 percent increase on a year-over-year basis. Not one to stand still, Audi is giving the A3 and S3 a wide array of new features and options for the 2016 model year.
To start, the 2016 Audi A3 gains several new standard features, including:
- Rearview camera
- Parking sensors
- Alu-optic interior trim details
- Heated mirrors and washer nozzles
Those are all in addition to the existing standard equipment that includes Audi pre sense basic, Audi xenon plus front lighting with LED DRLs and taillights, leather seating surfaces, Panoramic sunroof, as well as the ultra-thin retractable MMI display.
The 2016 Audi A3 also offers three new driver assistance features on the Prestige trim level, including:
- Active lane assist
- Audi pre sense front
- Audi adaptive cruise control
Available features continue to include Audi drive select, the newly-available S line style package, as well as 4G LTE connectivity and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Audi S3 is now offered with a Black Optic Performance package that includes:
- Audi Sport 5-V-spoke Titanium matte wheels
- Black optic exterior kit
- Audi magnetic ride
Available red brake calipers, S Sport seat package and 19-inch wheels round out the aggressive options of the sporty 2016 S3.
All in all, we expect that these aggressive host of updates and changes to the 2016 A3 and 2016 S3 will enable the model to continue to attract new customers to the Audi brand while staying at the top of the sales charts in the premium compact segment. And we can’t wait to see that Black Optic package on the 2016 S3 in person.