Audi’s compact hatchback gets two new gasoline engines for 2016, bringing the model range engine count to six: three gasoline and three diesel. The two new engines combine direct fuel injection with turbocharging: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline unit; and a 1.4-liter gasoline four-cylinder. The 1.0, the new entry-level choice for the A3 range, is Audi’s first-ever in-house three-cylinder, making 115 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque at a low 2,000 revs per minute. The 1.4 liter four-cylinder makes 150 horsepower and 185 pound-feet and features ‘cylinder on demand,Ó turning off two cylinders when engine load is low. There’s also a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline unit. The A3 Sportback ‘e-tron’ hybrid model pairs the 1.0-liter three-cylinder with an electric motor.

Audi A3

The A3 will be available with a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. It boasts 148 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 revs per minute. (PHOTO: AUDI)

Small engines power A3 lineup: