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2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro review: 2015 Audi A3: So good, there's not much room for improvement

It's a car that tries to do a lot of things -- to push the envelope in multiple directions -- and, for the most part, does all of these things quite competently. It's a fairly comfortable daily driver and one of the few premium compact cars that does small without also feeling cheap. In this turbocharged, all-wheel-driven, Sport package-enhanced trim, the A3 delivers a just enough of a performance dose for assertive driving on public roads. And though it's packed to the gills with technology, the intuitive MMI infotainment system helps drivers to not be overwhelmed or distracted by the bells and whistles.

The future of Audi is modular

The A3's Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system is powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor and features crisply rendered 3D topographical map data for the navigation system and snappy, sharp menus. You'll hardly ever catch this system so much as stuttering as it jumps back and forth among navigation, audio, and telephony. As OEM infotainment goes, this is cutting-edge stuff and it will only get sharper thanks to a modular hardware design that will allow the automaker to stay on its toes when updating the tech in future revisions.

Right now, it's packing the Tegra 2 and 4G LTE connectivity, but next year it could be rocking a more powerful brain or a faster connection. In a world where automotive product cycles were once measured in decades, Audi can update the A3's tech every few months. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be able to roll into your Audi dealership and update your car's hardware, but it doesn't totally rule out such future post-release improvements either.

Similarly, the Audi's underpinnings and powertrain are modular systems. The chassis uses the Volkswagen Group's Modularer Querbaukasten (modular transversal toolkit in English, or MQB for short) architecture that also underpins the next iterations of the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. MQB vehicles share components across a wide variety of platforms, so the underpinnings of the fully electric VW eGolf, for example, aren't dissimilar to the next Jetta TDI, which will look familiar to a mechanic who's put a wrench to this Audi A3 2.0T right down to the engine mounts.

Theoretically, this makes maintenance and repairs easier and less expensive by making life simpler for technicians and mechanics. This also helps to keep costs down for VW and Audi, makes manufacturing and development easier, and hopefully means that we'll see more iterations (cabriolets, crossovers, hatchbacks, and wagons) of these vehicles.

Turbocharged 2.0

It's no surprise that being a modular car built on a VW modular platform that the A3's 2.0-liter direct injected and turbocharged engine is basically the same engine you'll find in a 2015 VW GTI. The new engine features optimizations to its construction that improve thermal management, reduce weight, and increase responsiveness over the previous-generation VW Group 2.0T engine. The new four-banger's maximum output is stated at 220 horsepower (that's 10 more than the hi-po Golf) and 258 pound-feet of torque (which is the same).

The engine is mated to a six-speed S Tronic automated dual-clutch transmission (just like a GTI's DSG) that gives the driver the choice of automatic, sport auto, and manual shift programs. When equipped with the optional Sport package, steering-wheel paddle shifters are added to the mix.

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    However, unlike its VW cousin, the 2015 Audi A3 2.0T features the automaker's Quattro drivetrain that splits power among all four wheels for better grip and traction than the standard front-drive setup. This version of Quattro does not feature Audi's torque-vectoring Sport Differential.

    In its place, you get a sort of electronic torque vectoring system that performs like a limited slip differential by adding brake force to the slipping wheel (or the inside wheel when cornering) to send power to the other end of the axle's open differential. For the A3's sometimes-sporty-mostly-casual mission, this setup gets the job done, and, hey, if a brake-diff is good enough for a McLaren, it should be good enough for this little Audi.

    On our example, which is equipped with the optional Sport package, the driver can select between four drive modes (Dynamic, Comfort, Individual, Auto) that adjust characteristics of the vehicle's performance. Dynamic and Comfort are at opposite ends of the spectrum; the former boasts heavier feel from the electric power steering and sharper powertrain responsiveness thanks to its tweaked throttle map and transmission program. The latter relaxes these systems for a more comfortable drive. Individual allows the driver to mix and match the settings for the steering and powertrain individually, while Auto let's the Audi's computers figure it out based on driving conditions.

    The difference between the Dynamic and Comfort modes is immediately noticeable, particularly where the acceleration is concerned. It's possible to sometimes catch the car lazing around in too high a gear and in the wrong part of the torque curve in Comfort mode, which can lead to just a bit of hesitance when you need to accelerate to pass. However in Sport mode with the same amount of throttle input, the entire vehicle feels more alert and alive and will spring forward with an enthusiasm that at one point had me literally saying, "Now that's what I'm talking about!" aloud...even though no one else was in the car. Keeping the turbocharger spun up and ready to go will have that night-and-day effect on the performance of the car and the driver.

    The performance sweet spot

    The non-adjustable suspension isn't enhanced by either the Drive Select system or the addition of the Sport package. The ride is controlled and just a tad firm (thanks possibly to our Prestige package's addition of larger 18-inch wheels with lower profile summer tires), is mostly tuned to be quite comfortable for daily driving. Bigger bumps will still bounce your passengers, but there isn't a bone rattling harshness to the bumps and there is enough suppleness to slowly roll over lunar surfaces of the poorly maintained roads in my Oakland neighborhood without much drama.

    On a twisty road, the A3's performance is pretty good. The chassis tends towards neutral, predictable performance with a hint of pushing understeer and a dash of roll when driven hard. Even in its Sport mode, the electric steering feel isn't great, but at least it's responsive. Thankfully, the Quattro system and the responsive 2.0T make up for the A3's lack of a hard edge with generous grip that inspires confidence and plenty of grunt for the small sedan.

    No, it's not the sportiest car that I've driven, but that's not really this car's mission. Enthusiasts can choose to wait for the upcoming S3 or RS 3 variants that up the power and performance, but the A3 does a great job of hitting the sweet spot as a comfortable daily driver with just a hint of sporting aspiration. It's the sort of car that you can happily commute in all week and then flip a switch and get a few grins on the weekend without feeling like you've paid for more performance than can reasonably be used on public roads.

    I spent most of my time in the sportiest setting, talking to myself like a character in a "Fast and Furious" film, but you'll probably want to spend some time in the Comfort or Auto modes if you want to reach the EPA's estimated 24 city, 33 highway, and 27 combined mpg estimates.

    New MMI controller

    Push the Start button after settling into this A3's "Sport" driver seat and a bright, crisp display slides out of a slot in the dashboard putting Audi's gorgeous MMI infotainment system near the driver's eyeline. Shut the car down and the screen retracts. You can also press a dashboard button to show and hide the screen manually, leaving the dashboard looking clean, uncluttered, and distraction-free.

    The screen isn't touch sensitive, but down on the center console you'll find Audi's new MMI controller. This setup separates the toggles for the system's four main modes (navigation, radio, media, and phone) from the large MMI control knob. These are accessible via two toggles that are nudged up and down, though they look like a bank of four buttons.

    The control knob itself is quite large now and features a touchpad built into its face that allows the driver to draw letters with a fingertip when inputting addresses or search terms into the navigation system, which at times seems faster than inputting characters by twisting the knob and features really accurate recognition of my chicken scratch finger scrawls. (For some odd reason, I kept accidentally reverting to inputting the old Palm Graffiti characters when using the touchpad, which understandably confused the Audi. When I stopped pretending it was the year 2001 and just drew normal letters, the system functioned perfectly.)

    Surrounding the knob are four more shortcut buttons that correspond to contextual shortcuts indicated at the four corners of the screen.

    The new MMI control scheme is quite a good evolution of the old MMI controller, but I get the feeling that it's been optimized for drivers who are already familiar with Audi's interface. For newcomers to the brand, the controls can be a bit confusing -- perhaps not overwhelmingly so, but my passengers had issues with the more spread-out controls, particularly the toggles for the infotainment mode changes. You'll first want to spend some time getting comfortable with this setup before you hit the road.

    That said, I like really how the physical controller is, well, physical. The raised toggles for the mode changes makes them easier to feel when your hand is resting on the control knob, and the knob's detented rotation makes it easy to scroll three entries down in a list without fumbling. In turn, this makes it possible to use the MMI controller without ever looking down from the screen and the road. It just takes a bit of practice.

    Voice and steering-wheel controls

    The A3 gives the driver more choices for interacting with the MMI system. The voice command system, for example, is quite good. With just a touch of the microphone button on the steering wheel and a quick, "Navigate to address, 123 Main Street, Anytown, Any State." you'll be off and and navigating with turn-by-turn directions. The voice recognition system is very snappy for a car and doesn't leave you waiting while it processes, which makes me much more likely to use it.

    You've also got steering-wheel controls at your disposal and a small, flexible, and functional information display in the instrument cluster that allows the driver to jump between turn-by-turn navigation directions, contacts for hands-free calling, and the current audio source with the ability to browse radio presets with a thumb roller.

    One thing that I could not find on the steering wheel controls was a way to skip tracks when Bluetooth audio streaming. If I didn't like a song, I had to reach to the volume-knob-slash-skip-rocker all the way on the other side of the shifter on the transmission tunnel. It's a first-world problem for sure, but finding the awkwardly placed knob means taking my eyes off of the road every time I want to skip and it's not a problem that I've ever encountered before on a car with steering-wheel controls.

    Bang and Olufsen and audio

    Another bit of Audi tech that I'm not a fan of is the AMI connection for external devices. Where most automakers give the driver a simple USB port and auxiliary input, Audi still uses a weird, proprietary connection that requires the user to purchase and swap pigtails for Apple's 30-pin dock connector, USB, or a 3.5mm analog auxiliary input. (Our example came with two 30-pin pigtails!) I'm told that Audi will also offer a Lightning adapter, but with these AMI cables going for as much as $55, it can't be cheap.

    What's even more frustrating is that the A3 does have a USB port in its armrest console, but it's for charging devices only and isn't connected to the MMI system for data. So close, yet so far, Audi.

    Other audio sources include Wi-Fi audio streaming, Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio included for six months, and HD Radio. In the glove box, you'll also find a pair of SD card slots and the optical drive for CDs.

    Our example was equipped with the optional Bang and Olufsen premium audio system that, with its 14 speakers and 705 watts of amplification, provided a serious boost to the sound quality of your audio sources. It's not as visually dramatic or as audiophile-friendly as the system that you'll find in the A7, for example, but it's damn good for this class and for the price.

    Connected with 4G

    Connected services aren't new for Audi cars, but the 2015 A3 is the first model in the lineup to be equipped with a 4G cellular antenna and SIM. That means that the MMI's ability to Google search, to layer 3D and satellite Google Earth information onto the navigation maps, and to access Audi Connect services has been turbocharged with a faster, always-on LTE network by AT&T.

    When connected, drivers will have apps for fuel prices, weather updates, and parking. Facebook and Twitter integration allows drivers to send canned posts, updating his newsfeed with the car's location or destination. There's also access to Facebook places and events to quickly navigate to that party.

    Buyers will get six months of free data, after which service provider AT&T hopes they will be so hooked they'll pay $99 for the 6-month/5-gigabyte plan or $499 for the 30-month/30GB plan. Everyone who I mentioned that price to groaned and complained about having to pay for yet another subscription.

    Driver aid and safety tech

    Standard safety tech for the A3 is pretty limited, but our Prestige model was equipped with a crisp rear camera and Audi's parking system plus. No, it won't park itself, but it does have front and rear sensors distance sensors and a visual overlay for the rear camera feed that shows distance markers and the estimated trajectory of the reversing sedan based on the angle of the steering.

    Coupled with quick, low-speed steering and a short nose-to-tail length (when compared with the ever-stretching A4 sedan), the rear camera and sensors make the A3 a very parkable compact sedan.

    We also had a blind-spot information system (called Audi Side Assist) and the LED headlights that adjusted their illumination pattern to match the angle of the steering wheel. Between the LED head- and taillights and the full interior LED lighting of the Prestige package, there was not an incandescent to be found on our example.

    Available but not equipped is a $1,500 Advanced Technology package that adds forward collision warning, full-range adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping alert.

    Pricing and competition

    Maybe I spoke a bit too soon when I said that I couldn't think of anything to improve the A3, because clearly there were yet a few tech nits to pick. In particular, I really wish Audi would ditch that odd proprietary media cable and move to the industry-standard USB connection.

    I thought that A3's move from a hatchback to a sedan would be more jarring, but, outside of a few tweaks, the A3 is a hugely satisfying, comfortable, and attractive car, particularly at our Prestige trim level, where the already good level of cabin luxury and finish is greatly improved, the exterior gains some S-Line character, and its infotainment and safety tech are bumped to the top of this class.

    The 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic, as it is designated by the automaker, starts at $32,900, but all of the cabin and safety tech that I praised comes as part of an $8,450 Prestige model upgrade. We've also got $550 in for the Sport package that adds the Audi Drive Select system, sport seats, and paddle shifters. Our example's Monsoon Gray metallic paint is a purely subjective $550 line item as well. Add $895 for destination charges to reach our as tested price of $43,345.

    The Audi's closest competitor is the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250: a gorgeous luxury compact that gives the A3 a run for its money where fit and finish are concerned. The Audi, on the other hand, has a performance edge and is, in my opinion, the more enjoyable driver despite the Benz's stiffer suspension. That Audi's tech offerings run circles around anything that Mercedes-Benz is offering right now seals the 2015 A3 as my pick as the best in this class.

    Tech specs
    Model2015 Audi A3 sedan
    Trim2.0T Prestige
    Powertrain2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, six-speed dual clutch automatic, Quattro AWD
    EPA fuel economy24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, 27 mpg combo
    Observed fuel economyN/A
    NavigationAudi Connect MMI navigation with Google Earth and Search
    Bluetooth phone supportStandard
    Digital audio sourcesBluetooth audio, WiFi audio, 2x SD cards, HD and satellite radio, available AMI connections for USB, 3.5 mm aux, and Apple 30-pin and Lightning connections
    Audio systemBang and Olufsen premium audio
    Driver aidsOptional blind-spot monitoring, rear camera, parking proximity sensors (available, but not equipped: forward collision alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control)
    Base price$32,900
    Price as tested$43,345
    Sours: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2015-audi-a3-review/

    A3 2.0 tdi engine problems? As bad as their made out to be?

    I didn't pay any attention to anybody when I bought mine, didn't even realise there where 140's & 170's!

    I bought it because I liked it!

    Since buying (3yrs ago) I've had... Battery... Recon gearbox... Clutch & flywheel... Lower ball joints... CV boots... 1 wheel bearing/ABS ring... Glow plugs... Temp sensor...

    Still needs... New rear shocks... Cam belt needs to be changed (I have the kit just not done it yet :/ )... Prob more!!!

    Bottom line is you get good and bad! You could get one that 6 months old and completely nackered or one that's ancient and won't give you many problems.

    Mine will soon be all new parts at this rate but I know they have been done then!

    Just to add though, as your original post I've not had any major issues with the engine it's self

    54 plate 2.0TDi BKD, remapped to approx 180bhp & nearly 400nm torque & 126,000 miles on the clock :)


    Sours: https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/a3-2-0-tdi-engine-problems-as-bad-as-their-made-out-to-be.207864/
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    Problems 2015 tdi audi a3

    Vehicle Type

    Tidy handling, a simple-to-use cabin and interfaces, good build quality, a solid ride, and pleasing steering.

    Compact luxury sedan


    The so-called 8V generation of the compact Audi A3 hit Canadian roads in 2014 as a 2015 model, and has now been on the scene for over four years. An entry model, this generation of the A3 offered shoppers access to signature Audi technologies and design, available Quattro AWD, and a variety of engines, with compact sizing and relatively affordable pricing.

    Feature content may include a sunroof, premium audio provisions, a fully digital “Virtual Cockpit” instrument cluster, Bluetooth, automatic multi-zone climate control, the MMI multimedia interface, automatic lights, heated leather seating, push-button ignition, and plenty more. A full driver computer, multifunction steering wheel and premium lighting provisions were also on board. Ditto a back-up camera.

    Trim grades included Komfort, Progressiv, and Technik, representing basic, mid-grade and top-line variants, respectively.


    This generation A3 offered up numerous engine choices, but fairly limited driveline options. Both a 2.0L turbodiesel four-cylinder (designated TDI) and a 1.8L turbocharged gasoline engine (designated 1.8T) were on offer. The TDI engine offered up 140 horsepower (and nearly 260 lb-ft of torque), with the 1.8L gas engine developing about 170 horsepower. Both of these engines were available exclusively with front-wheel drive.

    The popular 2.0L turbocharged gas engine (220 horsepower) could be specified, and was the only engine option available in conjunction with the Quattro AWD system. Put simply, if you’re after a Quattro-equipped A3, you’ll need to opt for one with the 2.0T powerplant. All models got an automatic transmission with manual mode.

    What Owners Like

    Tidy handling, a simple-to-use cabin and interfaces, good build quality, a solid ride, and pleasing steering are noted by owners, as well as a good all-around blending of affordability and feature content. Owners of TDI-powered models rave about great fuel efficiency, and most owners say the A3 feels safe, planted, solid, and sturdy.

    What Owners Dislike

    Common complaints include tight rear-seat provisions, the initial learning curve to some of the controls and interfaces, the lack of availability with a manual transmission, and a curiously large turning circle.

    Here are some owner reviews.

    Pro Tip

    Is it big enough? As a small four-door, A3 shoppers are advised to confirm acceptance of the space in all seats for all occupants, and to confirm that the A3’s trunk space will accommodate their needs. If you’re dead-set on an Audi A3 but need a little more room, a roof-mounted cargo carrier can be added on the relative cheap for more versatility. Also, note that leggier front-seat passengers may accidentally operate the volume control knob with their knee, as it’s strangely located on the passenger side of the centre console.

    Here’s Your Test Drive To-Do List

    Check All Tires and Wheels

    When approaching any used Audi A3, be sure to inspect all tires and wheels closely for signs of damage. Use a flashlight to inspect the inward-facing tire sidewall and wheel-rim surface, as well as the outer. Cracks, splits, or rips in the tire sidewall, as well as denting, scraping, cracking, or deformation of the rims are a problem, possibly caused by pothole damage. Though this is a possibility on any vehicle, some A3 owners have reported that the sportier (up-sized) wheels, in combination with low-profile tires, may be vulnerable to pothole damage. Here’s some more reading.

    Note that damage similar to that shown in the initial photo at the link warrants immediate replacement of the affected tires. If possible, and especially if you live in a locale with poorly-maintained roads, avoid a model with the big wheels and thin tires. Also, run your hand over the sidewall surface (inner and outer) of all four tires, feeling for bumps and bubbles, possibly about the size of a halved golf-ball. These bubbles, if present, are a sign of damage that should be assessed by a professional, and likely requires tire replacement.


    Cooling System

    Though reports are relatively rare and sporadic, some owners have reported coolant loss, possibly accompanied by a visible coolant leak or coolant puddle, from some A3 variants from this generation. Confirm that coolant levels are satisfactory, asking a technician for help if required. Further, continue to monitor coolant levels, as per the instructions in the owner’s manual, on a regular basis. If detected, coolant loss or coolant leaks are typically traced to a bad water pump, or a faulty overflow tank. Neither issue is massively expensive to fix, and both should be covered by remaining warranty coverage if applicable.

    Dealers have access to Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), like Audi TSB #2039777/3, which are issued by Audi to help technicians diagnose and repair the problem quickly. For maximum peace of mind, ensure that any service work to the cooling system is carried out only by an Audi trained technician. Further, during ownership, note that a “coolant level” warning or “engine overheat” warning is an instruction to pull over immediately and check the owner’s manual for further instructions. Driving a vehicle that’s overheating or low on coolant can quickly cause extensive engine damage.

    Soggy Carpeting

    For various reasons, A3 owners from this generation have reported often-frustrating water leaks, which may result in visible dampness on the carpeting at various locations in the vehicle. Shoppers are advised to press their hand into all carpeted surfaces, and especially around the edges of the vehicle’s floor, next to the door sills. Reported causes vary, and may include a leak from the A3’s climate control system, a leak from a sunroof drain tube, or a leak through a plastic or rubber sealing grommet that passes through the A3’s floor. Water leaks of this nature should be addressed as soon as possible, ideally by an Audi technician.

    Diagnostic Scan

    In minutes, an Audi technician can link a piece of diagnostic equipment to the A3 you’re considering and preform an electronic scan of a multitude of vehicle systems and features, including safety systems, powertrain components, and more. This scan is likely performed on the buyer’s dime, during a Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI) at an Audi dealer. It’s the single best way to quickly, comprehensively and effectively reveal any potentially hidden problems with the A3’s advanced electronic systems. Consider this scan to be well worth your investment, as it’s an extremely effective way to confirm the overall health of the vehicle, and to reveal any possible problems that may not be apparent. Note that a vehicle sold as part of an Audi Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program has likely had this scan performed, and any detected issues addressed, before the vehicle is offered up for sale.


    Though the TDI engine used in this generation of A3 is too new to ascertain any solid reliability information or pre-purchase checks, shoppers may wish to consider having the engine’s fuel system (pump, lines, etc.) and emissions system checked visually, and via a diagnostic scan, by an Audi technician before their purchase, for maximum peace of mind.

    Confirm Connectivity

    If one or more smartphones or similar devices will be hooked up to your A3 for communication or media playback, bring them along for the test drive, connect each one, and confirm proper functionality. Most modern cars can, at times, be fussy about consistently connecting to certain devices, and you’ll want to find any issues before you buy. Note that issues with compatibility can typically be resolved with updated dealer-installed software, or a hard reset of the system – but may also require pricey component replacement. Here’s some more reading.


    Pay close attention to the transmission on the A3 you’re considering and be on the lookout for possible trouble signs, including a shuddering or hesitation sensation, or any sign that the transmission is having trouble smoothly and quickly engaging the proper gear for the situation. Though most A3 owners have not reported transmission-related issues, shoppers should be aware that problems like those listed above are typically remedied with the installation of revised software applied to the vehicle’s computer brain. Do not attempt to effect some “reset” of the transmission (or any other computer-controlled system), by unplugging and reconnecting the battery.

    Other Useful Information

    Bring the VIN

    Provide the VIN number of the A3 you’re considering to a service advisor at an Audi dealer and ask whether any software updates or recall campaigns may be outstanding. Software updates can address or prevent possible issues with a multitude of vehicle components, fixing issues with anything from battery drain to poor fuel mileage to hard shifting from the transmission, and more. Recall campaigns involve some corrective action performed by the dealer, free of charge, to address issues that may affect vehicle safety. Just remember that a dealer may require consent of the vehicle’s owner to look up recall or software update information if you visit before buying the vehicle.

    Avoid Modified Models

    Like many sporty, turbocharged cars, Audi A3 is a popular candidate for modification. Though some modifications are safe, others can cause problems, negatively affect the durability of engaged components, and may even void remaining warranty coverage. Shoppers are strongly advised to avoid purchasing a used A3 that’s running (or has ever run) a chip, tune, or power programmer, designed to turn up the boost from the A3’s turbocharger for more power: this type of upgrade typically voids any remaining powertrain warranty, even if the part or software is removed before a warranty claim is made.

    Use the Good Stuff

    According to informal discussions with numerous technical experts in the industry, we offer the following information for potential A3 owners to consider: first, fuel up using premium gasoline of the grade specified in the A3’s owner’s manual. Many owners and experts suggest running Shell V-Power fuel wherever possible, as it contains no ethanol. Second, reduce specified spark plug change intervals by a few thousand kilometres, and replace the A3’s plugs at or before this shortened interval for maximum peace of mind, as well as some potential indirect protection against long-term valve-gunk buildup. Finally, observe all fluid change intervals, including engine oil change intervals, and have fluids changed not a moment later than advised for maximum long-haul peace of mind.

    The Verdict

    By and large, the A3 owners community seem to love their cars, with most owners reporting few if any issues. Larger issues should be easy to detect, and aren’t reported with enough frequency against overall sales volume to warrant much concern. For peace of mind, have the A3 you’re considering inspected by an Audi technician before you buy, or opt for a model sold via Audi’s CPO program. Buying a used A3 from a private seller without a PPI is not advised. A healthy used model with a thumbs-up from a technician should prove largely worry free for years to come.

    Crash Test Ratings

    IIHS: Top Safety Pick +
    NHTSA: 5/5 Stars (2016)

    Sours: https://www.autotrader.ca/expert/20180628/used-vehicle-review-audi-a3-2015-2017/
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      • Use a user’s IP address to deliver an ad over the internet
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    2015 Audi A3 Long-Term Update 4: A3 TDI

    Does it deliver?

    Audi A3 Full Overview

    As you might already know, our plan is to sample all three versions of the 2015 Audi A3 across the span of a year. With the Phase One 1.8T Premium Plus having recently been returned, next up is the $33,495 A3 TDI Premium. This Florett Silver ($550) A3 sedan is equipped with MMI Navigation Plus ($2,600) and the Premium Plus specification ($2,550), which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and exterior mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, and aluminum window and interior trim for a total price of $39,195. As with our previous A3, this one also arrived "well-loved" with just under 7,500 miles on its odometer.

    The nearly identically equipped front-drive TDI is a dead ringer for the 1.8T with the exception, of course, of the badging indicating the turbodiesel engine. A mere 150 hp is all that's on tap from the oil burner, but plenty of torque (236 ft-lb at 1,700 rpm) means it doesn't need to rev much to move the car down the road while shifting gears with its six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission—more on this combination in a bit. We've already put more than 3,500 miles on the A3 TDI (it's calling for an oil change already), and a couple long-haul tanks helped it earn a darned respectable 35.9-mpg average. We even recorded a 474-mile tankful. Our real-world fuel economy essentially confirms the EPA's estimated 36 mpg combined figure.

    At the test track, the less powerful A3 TDI is predictably slower than the 1.8T, with a sprint to 60 mph requiring 8.2 seconds (to the 1.8T's 7.1 seconds), and the quarter mile passes by at 16.3 seconds at 85 mph (versus 15.5 seconds at 89.2 mph). Grip and agility are nearly indistinguishable between the two A3s, with the TDI stopping in 108 feet (versus 112 feet) and circling the skidpad with average lateral acceleration of 0.88 g (versus 0.88 g). Finally, on our unique figure-eight test, the TDI was able to lap the course in 26.6 seconds at an average g-load of 0.65 to the 1.8T's 26.7 sec at 0.67g best.

    Back to that engine/transmission combination: I scoured Christian Seabaugh's entries looking for a hint of criticism (or praise) regarding the A3 1.8T's driveline, but there wasn't one mention of it. I asked around the office, and nobody had a strong opinion of it in either direction. The engine/transmission combination in the A3 TDI, however, draws unanimous ire from the staff, especially those who are forced to endure bumper-to-bumper traffic. Why? Two reasons: The engine doesn't deliver power in a predictable, linear fashion, and the transmission's programming is not optimized for this trait. Low-speed starts are prone to bog, then sprint. Abruptly lifting off the throttle sometimes results in the transmission holding the gear tightly, which produces sufficient engine braking. Other times, doing exactly the same results in the transmission upshifting, which causes a free-fall feeling, as if it were in neutral with the bumper of the car in front approaching quickly. Multiply this unpredictable behavior a couple hundred times on a particularly crowded drive home, and we're ready to park the A3, perhaps permanently.

    For now, we're impressed with the car's fuel economy, regardless of how it's driven, but for a commuter car, it isn't an ideal choice. Think of it this way: The A3 TDI, with its more than 400-mile range, would be an ideal car for a regional sales representative whose clients reside in the cities scattered about Kansas City, where it's flat and traffic-free for hundreds of miles in any direction.

    We'll get that oil changed soon and update you on more details next time.

    More on our long-term Audi A3 and S3 here:

    Looks good! More details?
    2015 Audi A3 TDI FWD S tronic
    BASE PRICE $33,495
    PRICE AS TESTED $39,195
    VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
    ENGINE 2.0L/150-hp/236-lb-ft turbodiesel DOHC 16-valve I-4
    TRANSMISSION 6-speed twin-clutch auto.
    CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3256 lb (61/39%)
    WHEELBASE 103.8 in
    LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 175.4 x 70.0 x 55.7 in
    0-60 MPH 8.2 sec
    QUARTER MILE 16.3 sec @ 85.0 mph
    BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 108 ft
    MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.6 sec @ 0.65 g (avg)
    EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 31/43/36 mpg
    ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 122/88 kW-hrs/100 miles
    CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.63 lb/mile


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