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All you need to know about towbars for Audi A3

Audi first introduced the A3 into their range in 1996. The Audi A3 is available as a Convertible, Hatchback, or Saloon. So you know you are installing the right towbar on your Audi A3, we have looked at towing capacity, electrical kits, bumper cuts and more for each variation of Audi A3 below.


Audi A3 Hatchback Towbars

The Audi A3 Hatchback was first released in 1996. To determine which variant of Audi A3 you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Audi A3 Hatchback Nose Weight

Hatchback models made between 1996 and 2003 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, between 2003 and 2009 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2003 and 2009 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2003 and 2013 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2009 and 2013 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2012 and 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 85 kg, between 2013 and 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 80 kg and a maximum nose weight of 85 kg, between 2014 and 2017 have a minimum nose weight of 80 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, vehicles made after 2017 have a minimum nose weight of 109 kg and a maximum nose weight of 109 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Audi A3 Hatchback Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Hatchback to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Audi A3 Hatchback

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Hatchback, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Hatchback and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Audi A3 Hatchback Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Hatchback requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Hatchback can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Audi dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Audi A3 Hatchback Bumper Cuts

Hatchback models made between 1996 and 2003 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2003 and 2009 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2003 and 2009 will require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2003 and 2013 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2009 and 2013 will require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2012 and 2014 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2013 and 2014 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2014 and 2017 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2017 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Audi A3 Hatchback Towing Capacity

Hatchback models made between 1996 and 2003 have a towing capacity of 1650 kg to 1650 kg, between 2003 and 2009 have a towing capacity of 1500 kg to 1800 kg, between 2003 and 2009 have a towing capacity of 1700 kg to 1700 kg, between 2003 and 2013 have a towing capacity of 1700 kg to 1800 kg, between 2009 and 2013 have a towing capacity of 1500 kg to 1800 kg, between 2012 and 2014 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2000 kg, between 2013 and 2014 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2000 kg, between 2014 and 2017 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2000 kg, vehicles made after 2017 have a towing capacity of 2100 kg to 2100 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Hatchback is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Hatchback may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


Audi A3 Convertible Towbars

The Audi A3 Convertible was first released in 2003. To determine which variant of Audi A3 you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Audi A3 Convertible Nose Weight

Convertible models made between 2003 and 2008 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2008 and 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2013 and 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2014 and 2017 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Audi A3 Convertible Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Convertible to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Audi A3 Convertible

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Convertible, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Convertible and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Audi A3 Convertible Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Convertible requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Convertible can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Audi dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Audi A3 Convertible Bumper Cuts

Convertible models made between 2003 and 2008 will require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2008 and 2014 will require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2013 and 2014 will require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2014 and 2017 will require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Audi A3 Convertible Towing Capacity

Convertible models made between 2003 and 2008 have a towing capacity of 1700 kg to 1800 kg, between 2008 and 2014 have a towing capacity of 1700 kg to 1800 kg, between 2013 and 2014 have a towing capacity of 1700 kg to 2000 kg, between 2014 and 2017 have a towing capacity of 1700 kg to 2000 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Convertible is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Convertible may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


Audi A3 Saloon Towbars

The Audi A3 Saloon was first released in 2013. To determine which variant of Audi A3 you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Audi A3 Saloon Nose Weight

Saloon models made between 2013 and 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 85 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Audi A3 Saloon Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Saloon to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Audi A3 Saloon

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Saloon, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Saloon and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Audi A3 Saloon Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Saloon requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Saloon can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Audi dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Audi A3 Saloon Bumper Cuts

Saloon models made between 2013 and 2014 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Audi A3 Saloon Towing Capacity

Saloon models made between 2013 and 2014 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2000 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Saloon is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Saloon may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


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