New Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI review Reviews & Ratings | MotorTorque

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New Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI review

to save money, pay less drive a cleaner car is the way of life for retail and an ever increasing of company car users in today’s

But for many this has to be done for or business reasons without to have moved away owning or driving a premium car.

Manufacturers know and their response is to offer costly smaller models are still well equipped and smaller fuel efficient

In many cases these effective new models still a relatively high level of as premium brand customers, no what their financial is, do not seem able to compromise on brand image with to match.

I have just had a in Audi’s A3 Sportback (five-door cum estate) fitted with new 1.6-litre, TDI direct injection diesel engine with function.

My test car had a five gearbox but Audi are now just to market the option of their S twin-clutch auto transmission for engine and its 1.4-litre TFSI unit counterpart.

New 1.6-litre TDI

The new 1.6-litre TDI, engine joins A3, A3 Sportback and A3 ranges priced in each from £17,485, £18,025 and It replaces the 1.9-litre TDI engine in A3 and A3 Cabriolet 1.9 TDI models and the new smaller unit is claimed to be 8% more and CO2 efficient than the outgoing

This new small turbocharged unit features high common rail injection and up to 68.9mpg with the help of and energy recuperation systems. It is in conjunction with a five-speed gearbox and soon an optional S twin clutch auto

Just in case you think equals slow, the A3 1.6 TDI Sportback has a top of 121mph, goes from to 62mph in 11.7 seconds.

But more importantly it will return 68.9mpg in the combined (42.8mpg for me in real life) and 109g/km CO2 output which the minimum road tax bill of £35 and for company car users 13% in Benefit-in-Kind

A3 Sportback costs

Talking of the A3 Sportback range starts at £15,805 but that is for the basic 102PS petrol engine. If you the best small petrol spend £17,420 on the new 1.4-litre 125PS unit, well firstly in Volkswagen models brilliant for its high torque range response.

However for power the A3 Sportbacks with the new 1.6 TDI unit start at £18,025 and my test vehicle, the most spec, costs £21,350 road and without options. Top of the A3 range is the S3 2.0-litre TFSI, quattro at £28,020.

The 1.6 TDI Sportback, most other derivatives in the is available with Standard, SE, and S-Line levels of trim and

A3 range specifications

Core for these premium models of includes central door electric windows and door air conditioning, alloy wheels, one/two-thirds folding rear heated windscreen and a high of safety equipment. First build quality also as standard.

Being Audi is a huge array of extra options to meet user and budget. S-Line specifications larger 18-inch wheels, a suspension, upgraded leather and interior trim, multi-function on the steering wheel and outside the has sportier looking front and bumpers and chrome trimmed tailpipes. It is a smart package.

space and practicality

At 4,292mm in 1,765 wide and 1,423mm with a long 2,578mm the five-seater Sportback looks and purposeful, well up to its ‘Sports’

Whether you call it a five hatchback or estate is open for it looks more of an estate to me as it can accommodate between 370 and 1,100-litres of The rear legroom is relatively for what is a medium sector car but the seat headroom is on the low side.

The ride is firm because of the suspension and larger wheels, a issue with most models. The handling is first but the ride comfort is hard and the transmits road noise and into the car. My view is go for standard size wheels and away from sports suspension if you like comfort.

and performance

As for the new 1.6-litre TDI engine? the A3 Sportback off the line needs care, not enough engine and it will stall even it is a diesel.

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Once underway the of torque from just does its job and the car pulls strongly and sound stressed. Being geared in fifth and sixth for improved fuel economy and emissions means more on A and B roads in the 40 to 55mph speed

Once cruising the engine was and relatively fuel friendly I wasn’t that impressed by the my car average for a week’s motoring as usual covered motorway, and town travel. The A3 Sportback’s quality and resultant heavy is the likely cause of not obtaining to the 68.9mpg low fuel economy the figures suggest.

The Start/Stop worked well without or annoyance once the car was up to temperature and the air conditioning off. I wouldn’t pay for it but if it comes as standard that’s

It is marginally cleaner than its rival the BMW 1 Series five Hatchback, officially it has better economy and it costs more or the same.

As an alternative to the A3 Sportback the VW 1.6 TDI Estate with the same and more or less the same is over £3,000 less and it has more load carrying – but then as good as it is it is not a carrier of the Audi brand

Audi A3 Sportback MILESTONES

A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI S-Line

Price: (£25,865 as tested)

Engine/transmission: common rail direct with turbocharger and intercooler, gas recirculation and particulate filter, 250Nm from 1,500rpm, manual

Performance: 121mph, 11.7 seconds, 68.9mpg actual) CO2 109g/km, VED £35, BIK tax 13%

group: 9E

Dimensions/capacities: L 4,292mm, W H 1,423mm, load area

For: High quality, tax engine option, stylish, handles well, high specification, strong residual

Against: Pricey, real fuel economy much than official figure, ride, lack of headroom in the seat

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