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Bass, treble, colour and contrast – Audi adjusts its set for the 2022 Model Year

Visual enhancements, audio and infotainment updates and trim line revisions
enable the four rings to shine even brighter in the UK 

Milton Keynes, June 11, 2021 – Desirable, technologically formidable and environmentally responsible – the latest Audi range is designed to be all these things and more, but as the continual pursuit of progress is a cornerstone of Vorsprung durch Technik an update programme for the 2022 Model Year is about to further accentuate all these attributes in many model lines. Attractive new trim levels, detail enhancements and wheel designs, fresh colours and advanced new entertainment features from Amazon and Sonos are among the changes, which now take effect for orders placed with UK Audi Centres. 

“From the high-tech A1 Sportback to the high octane R8 sports car, and from the punchy A3 Sportback TFSI e plug-in hybrid to the redoubtable all-electric RS e-tron GT, the Audi range already excels at every level,“ commented Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. “This enhancement programme will ensure that our model lines maintain their edge aesthetically and technologically, and are perfectly placed to capitalise on a new model year notable, hopefully, as a period of greater stability and renewed consumer confidence.“

Highlights of the 2022 Model Year Audi Update Programme

Giving voice to technology – the MIB3 infotainment platform and Amazon Alexa 
Media and navigation in the majority of Audi models are now delivered by an updated, third-generation modular infotainment platform known as MIB 3, and one of its many additional benefits is the ability to integrate the Amazon Alexa voice assistant using the Audi connect internet link. As a result, all Audi models except for the Q2, TT and R8 will offer Alexa access using the same vocal commands as the in-home service. For the 2022 Model Year, Alexa becomes available in the range from the A4 Saloon and Avant upwards, and other models will follow. Via Alexa users will be able to stream music and audiobooks, access over 80,000 Alexa skills and even lock household doors, control lighting and operate garage doors from within the car via the smart home control function.

Sonos – now a big noise in the A1, Q2 and Q3
Famous for its compact home speakers and amplifiers with expansive sound, new and exclusive Audi audio partner Sonos applied its considerable expertise to the development of an exceptional new in-car system for the recently launched Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron fully electric SUVs. Now it has turned its attention to top-tier Vorsprung versions of the A1, Q2 and Q3, which as part of the 2022 Model Year update programme also now deliver an exceptional listening experience courtesy of the highly regarded company. Their advanced new Sonos system, which replaces their original Bang & Olufsen components, is also available for other trim lines in each range as part of the optional Comfort and Sound Pack.

Cover story – Dinamica Microfibre upholstery from sustainable sources for many more models
Also seen first in the Q4 e-tron SUVs and the e-tron GT models, the breathable microfibre material Dinamica brings an increased focus on sustainability to the A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 Sportback and Q5 as part of the package of Model Year changes. Used in combination with traditional and synthetic leathers, the new material replaces the suede-effect Alcantara trim which has been a longstanding feature of the sport seats in these models, and has very similar properties. 

Polyester fibres obtained from recycled PET bottles, old textiles and other residual materials that would otherwise be consigned to landfill or incinerated account for 45 per cent of its composition. Recycling polyester rather than producing it from new raw materials using the traditional petroleum-based production process is significantly less energy-intensive and reduces associated carbon emissions by around 80 per cent. 

More choice, consistency and simplicity – revised trim structures, new trim lines
Rationalisation of the Audi range structure and optional equipment lines continues to be a key priority for Audi UK as it seeks to simplify and expedite the model selection and ordering processes for customers wherever possible. To this end, adjustments to trim structures form part of the latest update programme. In the A5 range the limited-run Edition 1 trim, introduced at the same time as extensive revisions to the model lines in 2020, has been phased out in Sportback and Coupe variants in favour of the popular Black Edition specification; and in the e-tron range the fully electric SUV’s Technik, Sport and Black Edition trim levels also now become available for the e-tron Sportback to equalise their respective ranges.

In addition to the alignment measures, a new trim level also offers A7 Sportback customers an attractive midpoint specification between the entry-level Sport and mid-range S line tiers. The new Sport Edition option is available in conjunction with all standard TFSI and TDI engines, and also with the petrol-electric drivetrain powering the 50 TFSI e plug-in hybrid. Carrying a premium of £900 over Sport model equivalents, it gains exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and a black styling pack adding gloss black highlights to the Singleframe grille and grille surround, front and rear bumper elements, side window trims and door mirror housings. 

A shade darker – the updated Black Edition and Vorsprung specification options
Included in the package of changes for the new model year are external enhancements for the range-topping Vorsprung versions of the majority of models, which already combine S line styling with black trim detailing for elements such as the Singleframe grille and frame, air intakes and window cappings as part of the black styling pack. Updated Vorsprung models will now also feature front and rear Audi rings and model designation badges in either matt black or gloss black and their engine or motor designation badges will also be removed, except in the case of ‘S’ and ‘RS’ models. Depending on the range, some Black Edition models also benefit from these changes (see below for more detail).

Model-by-model – the updates 

(Note – Model lines that do not appear here do not feature specification changes for MY22)

A1 Sportback:

A3 Sportback and Saloon

A4 Saloon, Avant and allroad:

A5 Sportback, Coupé and Cabriolet:

A6 Saloon and Avant:

A7 Sportback:


Q3 and Q3 Sportback:

Q5 and Q5 Sportback:



e-tron and e-tron Sportback:

TT and TT Roadster:


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