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How similar is the 2015 Audi A3 to the 1995 Audi A4?

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Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew is a former editor at Automobile Magazine and the creator of the digital-only Roadtrip Magazine. His automotive and travel writing has appeared in such magazines as Wired, Popular Science, The Robb Report and Caribbean Travel + Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and four-year-old daughter.

 

  • 2015 Audi A3 vs. 1995 Audi A4

    The more things change, the saying goes, the more they stay the same. Audi was quick to evoke its well-loved first-generation A4 sedan during the introduction of the 2015 A3 and S3. "It is a car Audi of America asked for," said A3 product manager Mark Fruechtnicht. Just how similar are these two compact sedans, 20 years apart? Take a look at our impromptu gallery to find out.

  • 2015 Audi A3

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 1995 Audi A4

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 2015 Audi A3

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 1995 Audi A4

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 2015 Audi A3

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 1995 Audi A4

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 2015 Audi A3

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 1995 Audi A4

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 2015 Audi A3

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

  • 1995 Audi A4

    2015 Audi A3 Length: 175.5in; width: 70.0in; height: 55.7in; wheelbase: 103.4in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)

    1995 Audi A4 Length: 176.4in; width: 68.1in; height: 55.9in; wheelbase: 103.1in; curb weight: 2800lbs (est)