In this guide, we look at 5 optional extras you should consider for the Audi A3 Sportback. The A3 has always delivered – and the 5-door Sportback is even more spacious and easier to access.

Adaptive Cruise Control With Pre-Sense Front

Perfect for long journeys and motorway driving, it’s a feature that you never knew you wanted – but as soon as you have it, you can’t live without it.

Working within a speed range of 0 – 155mph, the system emits a narrow radio frequency beam from radar sensors installed at the front of the Audi to seek out vehicles ahead. If no vehicles are within range, the pre-set speed will be maintained, but if a vehicle is detected ahead, that’s when the active aspect of the system comes into its own.

A safe interval is left between you and the car in front, which is viewable on the dashboard display. The default spacing interval between your Audi with ACC and the vehicle in front varies with speed – the slower the speed, the narrower the gap, and the faster the speed, the greater the gap.

Audi Pre-Sense

In the standard variant – Audi pre sense basic – the system analyzes the information from the ESP sensors. When they signal maximum brake application or skidding, the control unit intervenes. Depending on the situation, it activates the hazard warning lights and begins closing the side windows and the sunroof; it also tensions pneumatic springs and the belts at the front seats.

This tensioning process, which is reversible, is triggered by small electric motors. If an accident does not occur, the belts are released again.

The expanded levels of the new safety system are called Audi pre sense front, Audi pre sense rear, and Audi pre sense plus. They work closely together with the driver assistance systems adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and Audi side assist.

High Beam Assistant

The high-beam assistant decides when it’s sensible to use the main beam headlights.

It switches between main beam and dipped beam automatically – leaving the driver to concentrate on the traffic without needing to think about the appropriate lighting and illumination range.

The headlights are always set to the right light.

Park Assist With Gap Measurement & Steering Assist

The park assist system can back the vehicle into both parallel and perpendicular spaces relative to the road. The system locates parking spaces using side-mounted ultrasound sensors that scan the parking spaces on the side of the road in two dimensions while driving at moderate speed.

A notification appears in the display when the system finds a suitable spot.

If the driver wants to park in the space and puts the vehicle into reverse, the park assist system is activated and assumes control of the electromagnetic steering. The driver must continue to accelerate, shift gears and brake. Optical and acoustic signals provide support.

If necessary, the park assist will make multiple manoeuvres, forwards and backwards. It provides the same amount of support when exiting the parking space.

Audi Magnetic Ride

Using magnetic fields, Audi magnetic ride adjusts the firmness of the dampers to the current driving situation within a fraction of a second.

Drivers can choose between a comfortable and a sporty driving mode to suit the driving situation and their personal tastes. The car corners with agility and responds spontaneously to steering inputs. The normal mode is geared more towards comfort to help eliminate driving fatigue on long journeys.

When a magnetic field is applied, the magnetic particles are aligned against the direction of movement of the damper. As a result, the damping force of the damper is increased depending on the strength of the magnetic field.

This allows the firmness of the dampers to be increased or decreased within a fraction of a second. A control unit computes the optimum damping force for the individual driving situation. It does so using information from the wheel travel sensors and communication with other systems such as the steering and ESP.

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