Audi is set to ditch the three-door version of its A3 hatch when the car is replaced. 

The fourth generation of the small hatchback is set to arrive in 2019, when the outgoing car will have been on sale for seven years. 

Audi is reported to have been disappointed with the sales of the three-door variant of the car, and with sales down at the company thanks to Dieselgate, some tough decisions are having to be made in order to save money. 

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Ditching the three-door A3 will leave Audi with the five-door hatchback, a four-door saloon and an as-yet unconfirmed Mercedes CLA-rivalling coupe-style model with a sloping roofline.

The A3 isn’t the only model to ditch its three-door variant – the new Honda Civic was also launched with five doors only, but the news emerges at the same time that Jaguar Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern has revealed he would be open to the idea of a three-door Range Rover. 

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Gallery: 2017 Audi A3