Who says automakers don’t listen? Hearing the cries of hatchback fans in America, the 2015 Audi A3 TDI Sportback will go on sale in the U.S. next year. According to Audi reps, some people wouldn’t even consider the A3 if it didn’t offer a hatchback option, and with the TDI Sportback looking as good as it does, who can blame them?
The Audi A3 TDI sedan has already been announced, but fans were clamoring for the more-versatile Sportback model that is sold in Europe, and that’s what we’ll get beginning next year. The Audi A3 TDI Sportback will go on sale alongside the already-announced Audi A3 e-tron, a plug-in hybrid that will get 20-ish miles of all-electric driving on the U.S. testing cycle.
The A3 TDI Sportback promises to deliver 150 horsepower and 236 ft-lbs of torque from the 2.0 liter TDI engine through a six-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission, complete with paddle shifters. This same engine delivers 32 MPG in city driving and 45 MPG on the highway in the Volkswagen Jetta, for a combined rating of 37 MPG, and the A3 TDI Sportback should be in the same ballpark.
With the 2015 Audi A3 starting at $29,900, the A3 TDI Sportback is likely to push the price well into the mid-30s. However, it’s obviously an in-demand vehicle among the Audi faithful. With sharp looks, a torquey engine, and excellent efficiency, it’s no wonder why.