Based on the same platform as its cousin, the Golf (4), the first generation of Audi A3 appeared in 1996. When it was launched, only 2 motorizations were proposed, the petrol version 1.8l of 125hp, then 150hp in Turbo 20 valves in 1997, and a Diesel 1.9l TDi of 90hp then 110hp. Originally available in 3-doors, Audi made its model progress in 1999 faced with the success of the 5-doors version of its cousin and competitor. In the same year, Audi commercialized a sporting version of the compact equipped with an integral Quattro transmission and 210hp: the famous S3. In September 2000, the A3 enjoyed a slight restlying with the radiator grill and the optical to revive the sales. Success was present for this first version of A3, which offers dynamic qualities as well as qualities of assembly of vehicle of superior range. Its career came to an end in 2003 with the arrival of the generation A3 8P.