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Audi has launched the 2017 A3 facelift in India today. The facelift 2017 year model is available in both petrol and diesel drivetrains. The 2017 Audi A3 is available in two grades which include Premium Plus and Technology. The prices for this entry level compact sedan from Audi starts at 30.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the 1.4-litre petrol model, while the 2.0 Litre diesel variant prices start at INR. 32.3 Lakhs.

The Audi A3 has received subtle cosmetic updates to its exterior and interior, however, the significant change comes in the form of a new downsized petrol drivetrain which promises the same amount of fun but returns an impressive overall fuel efficiency. The diesel variant, on the other hand, continues with the 2.0 Litre unit from the pre-facelift car. The Audi A3 locks horns directly with the Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift which was launched here last year November and that sedan too has received some subtle updates as well.

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2017 Audi A3 Facelift Vs Mercedes-Benz CLA Exterior High Quality
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Audi already launched the updated A3 Cabriolet in India in February, and that car came with all the updates that you can also notice in the facelift A3 compact sedan here. Just like the A4 the facelift car also gets some upgrades in the form of new design LED daytime running lamp and LED headlamps. The front profile also gets a single frame grille towards the front now. Apart from the headlights and grille the updated car also gets a refurbished front bumper as well.

[Mercedes-Benz launched the CLA facelift last year, and just like the A3 the compact sedan from Mercedes has also received a new set of full LED headlamps while the daytime running lamp pattern too has been given some minor updated as well. The Indian spec CLA bumper too looks slightly different than that of the International spec variants; it gets a chrome lip which runs horizontally across the front lip of the sedan. The side profile, however, remains identical to the pre-facelift variant while the rear profile too gets some minor nips and tucks towards the two tailpipes.


Audi A3 Mercedes CLA
Length 4456mm 4630 mm
Width 1960mm 1777 mm
Height 1416mm 1432 mm
Ground Clearance 165 mm -
Wheel Base 2637mm 2699 mm



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Just like the exterior the interior too received some subtle updates of its own. The A3 cabin now gets a two-zone climate control, a 7.0 inch MMI infotainment screen, electronically adjustable front seats, etc. The A3 facelift gets a wireless phone charging device under the front armrest. The Indian A3, however, misses out on the Virtual cockpit which is available in the International variant.

Inside the cabin, the facelift CLA gets a new 8.0-inch screen which is slightly bigger that of its rival A3. The infotainment system of the CAL now supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard along with an inbuilt Smartphone integration which can be done via Bluetooth. The instrument t cluster too is a non-virtual unit, but it gets a sporty theme inside in the form of red needles.



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Under the hood, the facelift A3 gets a smaller 1.4 Litre four cylinder turbo petrol unit which produces about 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque. This smaller unit replaces the bigger 1.8 Litre unit. The petrol unit is also paired to a 7-speed DSG gearbox and gets Cylinder On-Demand. The diesel variant, on the other hand, continues with the 2.0L TDI turbodiesel engine which produces about 143 hp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque. This engine paired to a 6-speed DSG transmission.

Fuel Type Petrol Diesel
Arrangement/ no of Cylinders inline, 4 inline 4
Total Displacement (cc) 1395 1968
Max engine ouput 150hp at 5,000-6,000rpm 143bhp@3500-4000rpm
Max. torque 250Nm at 1,500-3,500rpm 320Nm@1750-3000rpm
Transmission 7 speed DSGT 6 Speed-DSG


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The petrol variant of the facelift CLA still continues with the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit that makes 181bhp of peak power and 300Nm of peak torque. The diesel variant, on the other hand, continues with the same 2.2-litre turbocharged four cylinder unit that produces about 134bhp of peak power and 300Nm of peak torque. Both the engines paired to the same seven-speed gearbox which sends power to the front wheels.

CLA 200 CLA 200 d
Fuel type Petrol Diesel
Arrangement/no. of cylinders Inline, 4 Inline, 4
Total displacement (cc) 1991 2143
Max. engine output (kW (hp) @ rpm) 135 (183) @ 5500 100 (136) @ 3600 – 4400
Max. torque (Nm @ rpm) 300 @ 1200 - 4000 300 @ 1600 - 3000
Transmission 7G-DCT 7G-DCT
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