Audi has replaced the 1.9-litre TDI turbodiesel engine in its most economical A3 models with a brand new 1.6-litre TDI.
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The new 1.6 turbodiesel has exactly the same 103bhp output as the 1.9-litre TDI it replaces in the A3 hatchback, A3 Sportback, and A3 Cabriolet. But official combined fuel economy is improved by 8% from 62.8mpg to 68.9mpg in the hatchback, and CO2 emissions drop from 119g/km to 109g/km.
A3’s extra tech improves efficiency
Start-stop technology and Audi’s brake-energy recuperation system have been fitted to the new A3 to help reduce fuel consumption and increase its environmentally friendly credentials.
The start-stop system is said to save as much as 5g/km CO2y and the regeneration system reduces fuel consumption by up to 3% by recovering energy wasted when the car is braking and using it to help ease the strain on the engine when it’s asked to accelerate again.
A3 hatchbacks are quicker off the mark
Performance between the A3 1.6 TDI hatchback and Cabriolet variants differs slightly. The hatchback accelerates to 62mph in 11.4 seconds and has a top speed of 121mph.
The Cabriolet covers 0-62mph in 12.2 seconds and goes on to a 118mph top speed. CO2 emissions for this version are 114g/km and official fuel economy 65.7mpg. The Cabriolet is both heavier and less aerodynamic, explaining the losses here.
All the usual Audi A3 trim levels are available on the new model, and the car is on sale now.
Prices start at £17,485 for the A3 hatchback, £18,025 for the Sportback and £20,645 for the Cabriolet.
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