2010, 2011, and 2012 Audi A3 TDI forum, FAQ, buyer’s guide and review

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2010 – 2013 Audi TDI buyer’s guide with reviews, mpg, invoice price, MSRP price, and FAQ

Introduction to the Audi A3 TDI

The Audi A3 TDI sportback aka. 4 door hatchback is the first light Audi TDI to be sold in North America. The Audi Q7 TDI is also available but it’s a large SUV and uses a V6 TDI engine. The Jetta, Golf, and Audi A3 TDI share the same 2.0L 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 140 hp and 235 lb-ft torque (about 140PS and 320 Nm metric).

So why buy an A3 TDI instead of a Golf TDI? Real world reviews suggest that the Audi A3 TDI mpg should get about 35-40 mpg average mixed driving, the same as a VW Jetta or VW Golf with the same engine/transmission. What gives the Audi A3 TDI a $29,950 ($30,250 for 2011) base MSRP price vs. $22,000 for a 2010 VW Golf TDI?

There are plenty of differences beyond the badge!

VW/Audi is trying to shape diesel as a choice that combines economy and power through their advertisements and engine choices for North American TDI. The Audi A3 TDI is an example of that. Dedicated fuel economy cars like the first generation Honda Insight or the Toyota Prius are designed around maximum fuel economy, not handling or driving pleasure. They’re built on their own bodies with their own sheetmetal optimized for fuel economy.

VW/Audi diesel cars are built on bodies shared with their gasoline engine models and lose some potential fuel economy but also share the good handling and road feel. German cars are designed to be stable on the Autobahn and it’s reflected in reviews of VW/Audi cars. My main complaint is that VW/Audi uses the more powerful TDI engines in the US instead of the less powerful but more economical TDI engines available in Europe like the 1.6L TDI.

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2013 is the last year for the current style Audi A3 TDI.

The A3 will come back in 2013 as a model year 2014 and sedan only instead of the wagon/hatchback body style. For the 2014+ Audi A3 TDI, see 1000q: new style Audi A3 TDI buying guide and checklist

Official pricing of 2010 Audi A3 TDI

Below is a table comparing 2010 MSRP of the Audi TDI vs. VW TDI models. Because the Golf is offered with 2 door and the others have a manual transmission option, all cars below are optioned as 4 door, DSG transmission with $750 VW destination fee included to keep the comparison even. No other options are added to the MSRP.

Of note is that the higher price of the A3 TDI over the A3 2.0T gas is cancelled by the income tax credit. The 2010 Audi A3 TDI will get a $1300 tax credit. Since it’s after June 2010, that amount is cut in half.

After Dec 2010, there is no tax credit.

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