Audi has joined the likes of Volkswagen and Ford by offering an eco variant of its A3 hatchback that emits just 99g/km CO2.
The new Audi A3 TDI doesn’t get a special name – it is simply a more economical version of the existing A3 1.6-litre TDI turbodiesel. It’s available as a three-door in Standard specification only, and features the usual suite of eco modifications.
These include longer gear ratios for its five-speed manual transmission, low rolling resistance tyres, brake energy regeneration (‘recuperation’ in Audi-speak), start-stop technology, lowered suspension and modified aerodynamics.
The 74.3mpg Audi A3
The result is that headline 99g/km CO2 figure, plus an official combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3mpg. That’s a decent improvement over the 109g/km CO2 and 68.9mpg of the regular A3 1.6 TDI – and, of course, it means the greenest A3 now qualifies for free road tax.
Performance is reasonable, with the 103bhp engine propelling the car to 62mph in 11.4 seconds and onto 121mph.
Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, remote locking, front electric windows and CD player.
Audi is £2,000 cheaper than Ford
Best news of all is perhaps the price. At £18,005, this new Audi is actually £95 cheaper than the three-door Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (which uses the exact same engine) – and £2,423 less than the £20,428 Ford Focus Econetic Start-Stop (even with Ford currently offering to pay the VAT increase).
The new Audi A3 1.6 TDI is on sale now.
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