The 2.0 TFSI comes with a big power bump from the new engine, but a new seven-speed wet clutch S-tronic transmission and a few more gadgets.

You can get it in all three bodystyles, starting at $45,900 for the Sportback, $47,500 for the sedan and $55,000 in the Cabriolet, about $6000 more than the 1.4.

Over and above the 1.4 specification, you get sports front seats, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, different 17-inch alloys, drive select, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, upgraded leather upholstery and aluminium door sill trims.

The 2.0 litre has a lot more power, with 140kW and 320Nm driving the front wheels, chopping 1.4 seconds out of the 1.4's 0-100km/h time, coming in at under seven seconds (convertible is 7.2 seconds). Consumption is up almost 20 percent, however.

The next step up in the A3 range is the all-wheel drive 2.0 TFSI Quattro.