2010 Audi A3 TDI Clean Diesel Review

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Road Testing the 2010 A3 TDI Clean Diesel

The 2010 A3 TDI is all Audi on the outside (and but the powertrain is shared with TDI Golf and Jetta.

Base $29,950

Price as tested: (est.)

Capsule Review of the Audi A3 TDI Clean Diesel

The Audi A3 TDI Clean Diesel is a bundle of Autobahn- and oil-burning So what’s the problem?

The problem is the A3 TDI’s brother from mother, the the VW Golf TDI Clean The two cars share many including a sweet running 140hp TDI powerplant and an optional Direct Shift Gearbox (a trans that behaves an automatic). Not surprisingly, the cars similar road mannerisms as

But the Audi is, well, an Audi, and for the of nosing that four emblem into your parking space at the mall, to pay an additional $6,000. If money an issue, go ahead treat But if you’re on a budget.


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2010 A3 TDI Clean Diesel Review

off, full disclosure: I was behind the wheel of the 2010 A3 TDI Clean Diesel for a quick around Bear Mountain Park in New York at a recent event. I feel like a bit of a for writing this based on a short drive, but I will things once I arrange to more time behind the of an A3.

Now, if you’ve read my gushing about VW/Audi’s TDI engine, when I sampled it in the VW TDI Clean Diesel and the VW Jetta TDI Diesel. then you know impressed with it. My daily is a tough-as-nails Mercedes 300D whose loyal service grateful for. But comparing the in my old Benz to these new diesels is comparing a 1980s-vintage boombox A Flock of Seagulls I Ran to the iPod on I’m currently blaring A of Seagulls I Ran.

Same old but German diesel technology has changed the overall experience. A pause for the glow plugs? idle? Smoky takeoffs? liner-like acceleration?

Nein, nein!

As with its VW counterparts be hard pressed to know is a diesel-fueled automobile. Startups are and smooth, with perhaps a little bit of laboring from the when you first put the Direct Gearbox in gear. Step on the gas and the 236 of torque muscles you out of the driveway who-needs-gasoline zeal.

I experienced impressive fuel with VW’s TDIs and I no reason to expect anything from the Audi. It’s EPA is 30 city and 42 highway.

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2010 A3 TDI Road Manners

The A3’s is crisp and sporty. The MacPherson front, multi-link rear, that the A3 shares with its VW strikes a nice balance smooth ride and sharp though it’s definitely on the iron-… side. The 17-inch shod with beefy Michelins do a lot to keep the car planted, but to cushion the ride over and bumps.

The A3’s steering is quick and without the twitchy overboosted that VW’s compact once had. The A3 feels sophisticated in the turns and over smooth roads.

2010 A3 TDI Interior

There’s one thing VW/Audi does better almost anyone else days: interiors.

All of the A3’s surfaces have a premium and feel. The instruments are easy to and aesthetically very pleasing, all of the switches and controls operate as if teflon coated.

In 2009, installed its MMI system in every one of its — the setup uses a display screen and single knob (think computer and for HVAC and audio controls and technophobes everywhere winced in of not being able to turn off the fan or in a radio station. But the system is intuitive. (Though not as intuitive as the labeled fan or tune in old cars.) it or not, if you’re getting an A3 getting the big screen and knob in the of the dash.

The A3’s seats are supportive stiff in typical Teutonic Sit up straight and you’ll like slouch and you’ll be uncomfortable. The seat is fine for the vertically taller passengers might themselves running out of room for head and legs.

As a five-door, the A3 a nice hatch area a split folding rear for hauling home groceries or market loot and then it off later to the transfer station or dump. Like all modern or station wagons, the cargo is nicely trimmed so you’re not to want to use it for anything gritty at least not until the car is paid There’s also a pass-through into the right side back to accommodate longish (skis, 2x4x8s) when you feel like dropping the and a hatch lid that keeps eyes from seeing the stashed inside the boot.

2010 Audi A3 TDI: I or Shouldn’t I?

The 2010 Audi A3 TDI is a desirable car. But for about the of 6,000 Flock of Seagulls you could be driving The People’s which is light years than any other compact you’ve ever driven.

really the A3 TDI’s only and if your only problem is which to own, well, a good problem to have.

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