Review: 2010 Audi A3 TDI, diesel with a healthy dash of sport

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Review: 2010 Audi A3 diesel with a healthy of sport

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started its big push for clean here in the U.S. market spring when its big Q7 TDI finally on sale. While the Q7 TDI is one of the most efficient seven-passenger SUVs anywhere, it’s only the for Audi. Assuming that start taking a shine to Audi is likely to introduce a series of Rudi D’s here.

So far, however, one has been announced in addition to the Q7, the A3 hatchback.

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the new A1 and possibly the A2 arrive in the next of years, Audi’s global is anchored by the A3. Like the TT coupe and the A3 shares much of its underpinnings corporate siblings from the side of the family specifically, the and Jetta. Thus, the A3 is a C-segment car a transverse-mounted engine and front- or Quattro all-wheel drive.

can get an A3 with either two- or entry portals plus a We only get the five-door variant in the U.S. The A3 also rides on the 101.5-inch wheelbase as the Golf and though it is just over inches longer than the and a little over a foot than the Jetta.

Where it really differs is nine inches wider and two closer to the ground. Combined the somewhat overbearing Audi grille, the A3 has a stockier, more appearance than the VWs.

has never been particularly of the term station wagon, or hatchback, either. Audi have long worn the appellation. Technically, Audi not call the A3 a hatchback or a wagon, but a Sportback.

Whatever it’s the A3 is a handsome little car that a healthy dose of utility, as

Americans have strange when it comes to vehicles. gas prices spiked, we had no issue millions of SUVs with that were little than high-riding, glorified But when it comes to cars, for reason we feel the need for a to have a more upscale As a result, the next generation A3 is to sprout just such a appendage for the U.S. market. we’d stick with the

For a comparatively small car, the A3 a capacious 19.5 cubic of storage behind its rear and loading luggage for three is much easier than to stuff it through a trunk

Up front, the A3 gets a slightly upscale if austere interior than its VW-badged siblings. The black interior comes off as spartan, apart from the trim rings around the and the latch for the glove box. The are well laid out, and a MMI controller sits on the vertical of the center console next to the screen.

The backseat offers of room for two adults, although is down a bit from the VWs due to its lower

While MMI has a superior graphical to the original BMW iDrive system, of the controls remain counter-intuitive. For moving down the menus turning the control knob Even after all the Audis driven, this still odd.

We haven’t tried the new MMI that’s coming on the Q7 and Q5 this but Audi will have to up its game in this respect to the new iDrive system and ideally, the simpler interface that has in its new products.

Any car with sporting needs great interfaces the human body and the vehicle. the steering wheel and seats to be comfortable and grippy. Since the A3 is as a sportier alternative to the Jetta, its have more aggressive bolsters and are covered in a mix of leather and that do an admirable job of keeping the placed directly in line the wheel, gauges and pedals lateral acceleration forces up.

The driver’s hands control the of the A3 through a thick-rimmed steering with paddle shifters on the side.

Since VW has already the family 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI for the Jetta and upcoming Mk VI Golf, it to the A3 is really a no brainer. Like the the A3 TDI is rated at 140 hp and a robust 236 lb-ft of at 1,750 rpm. Europeans can opt for a more powerful 170 hp version of the engine, but we will only get the 140 hp

That’s actually more adequate for pretty much any as we’ll soon see.

gets sent to the wheels a choice of six-speed transmissions. The unit is a traditional three-pedal gearbox. For those who prefer to let the computer handle the shifting once in a while, a dual S-Tronic like the one fitted to our car is also available.

While the Jetta TDI can be manually only with the console the A3 adds the steering wheel-mounted as an option, allowing the driver to a grip on the wheel when in the twisty stuff.

Speaking of stuff, we saw plenty of it during our in California. While working on a in Thousand Oaks, we spent traversing canyon roads there and Malibu in a variety of including the A3.

The A3 was the only front-wheel-drive car we drove, but it held its own quite Like the Jetta that we about in the same area fall, the A3 proved to be a remarkably machine. It does indeed at the limit, as one would expect of a hatchback.

However, the larger, tires ultimately give it limits than the Jetta

In spite of its natural tendency to understeer, a bit of trail braking the brakes on and gradually feathering off to keep weight transferred the front tires) entering the and approaching the apex helps the back end around smoothly and a quicker exit out of the corner. The electronic stability control only as much as needed to you out of trouble without sapping all the fun out of driving.

When the ESC does take it does so seamlessly, with the really indicator being the lamp in the instrument cluster. the paddles on the back of the steering meanwhile, induces quick and shifts of the gearbox, although the torque band of the diesel minimizes the need to do much

Moving the shifter from to ‘Sport’ will speed up the and lets the gearbox hold a gear longer, thus in the meat of the diesel’s limited band. On roads like Highway and Decker Canyon second and third gear is all you need with straight opportunities for acceleration being to a minimum. The key is to keep a smooth through the switchbacks to carry speed you have from one to the next and minimize loss of

Eventually, the canyon running has to and the driver must return to the of daily driving. Drop the back into Drive and the and gearbox calibrations return to a sedate mode that smooth and somewhat leisurely without jack-rabbit starts. touch the paddles, and the S-Tronic like a conventional automatic effortless operation in bumper to traffic on the 405 in Los Angeles.

On the after dark drive to LAX, the adaptive Xenon kept the road ahead illuminated and even turn corners. Through a mix of highway, traffic and spirited back running, our A3 TDI returned a very 34 mpg. Those without or desire to emulate the brisk we had on back roads will find their numbers closer to 40 mpg in all-around driving.

last fall’s Audi Marathon, the A3 TDIs averaged 50 mpg crossing the country.

Audi announce pricing of the A3 TDI until to its on-sale date late year. The current A3 2.0-liter gasoline engine with the runs $28,400 so the TDI is likely to run $30,000. While that is a bit on the side for a compact five-door it’s quite competitive the BMW 1-series with much interior space.

Since BMW offer its 1-series diesel in the U.S. you can’t get a direct With diesel now roughly at parity in price with the A3 will soon offer a compact with good and excellent fuel economy.

Copyright 2009 Sam Abuelsamid / Inc.

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