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Old 03-03-2020, 08:52 AM
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Can't recall if we put this under spy shots or new cars.... With the Geneva show canceled, the Audi A3 will be debut on-line in a little over an hour (I will be asleep by then....).

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You’re in the right spot; this counts as New Cars.
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Is this coming to North America? Or only the sedan version?
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Mags have said we'll definitely get at least the sedan but prob not the hatch. Not sure if the mags received inside info or are just making a guess.

I personally would be surprised if we didn't get the hatch b/c the previous gen was already already sold here as a plug-in hybrid, and it would make sense to sell another version of that, IMHO.

Not enjoying the "surface excitement" of the interior design but glad that there are at least some physical buttons. The center console around the gear shift looks... sad. Hope they offer some other trim option, besides that plastic. The stitched textile looks weird, but I applaud them for offering some interesting options there.

I'm also really confused as to why VW/Audi feels the need to make unattractively eye-catching designs for the front air damn.
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Not enjoying the "surface excitement" of the interior design but glad that there are at least some physical buttons. The center console around the gear shift looks... sad. Hope they offer some other trim option, besides that plastic. The stitched textile looks weird, but I applaud them for offering some interesting options there.
Agreed. At the lower end of their portfolio, Audi seems to focus ALL of their attention on the upper portion of the dash and then phones it in on the lower portion and the aspect surrounding the shifter. The new Q3 has the same issue (granted it is better resolved than it is here on the A3) and it really cheapens the whole thing:



I agree that it's nice to see some physical buttons, although the button opposite the start button looks new for Audi and appears to include previous/next track, power, and mute button, along with what appears to be an iPod clickwheel-esque way to decrease/increase the volume?

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I think I am right in guessing that this rides on the same platform as the new Golf right? This is beautiful both inside and out. The A-Class and the 1-Series now look very dated now.
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kind of my personal pet peeve but if you have two massive screens, there's really no excuse for blanks. whatever feature would go there is probably something can be incorporated into the infotainment system.
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I agree that it's nice to see some physical buttons, although the button opposite the start button looks new for Audi and appears to include previous/next track, power, and mute button, along with what appears to be an iPod clickwheel-esque way to decrease/increase the volume?
I had noticed the button, but I couldn't make out what the graphics were (very impressed that you enlarged the photo). It does indeed appear to be a control for sound. Fascinating. I wonder if each quadrant of the button controls what the pictogram shows and then maybe the whole thing rotates, as well? Audi used a similar design for the TT HVAC (IIRC), but the rotating part had an obvious separate bezel for that function. The plastic trim covering the button doesn't scream "touch sensitive," although some versions of the iPod didn't "look" touch sensitive, as well.

A bit off topic (for brand/model), but the radio interface in the Lexus UX is also quite fascinating (I had one briefly as a rental). The volume and other buttons are arranged on the edge of the center armrest in such a way that, when you rest your hand on the center arm rest, your fingers will naturally falls along the buttons. It's ingenious in theory, but when combined w/ the horrific Lexus control pad....
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I don't particularly like tis; the exterior looks more or less like an aggressive body kit added to the current (more elegant) model, and the new Audi interiors really don#t do it for me; SO much going on visually, and even here I can tell that quality has taken a clear step down (that center console, some of that switch gear), a far cry from the sublime elegance and rich quality AUdi interiors had a generation or two ago; Screens never age well, so having that tech element as "the premium part" won't have a lasting effect; And that audio volume thing next to the shifter (not a natural position IMO) seems overloaded with function, and looks cheap and palsticky. Just a detail for me that shows what goes wrong at Audi...
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