Ultra-efficient Audi A3 makes its debut

Ultra-efficient Audi A3 makes its debut

2015-05-29 17:20:52

Audi’s A3 range has been joined by a new model which bring emissions down to a new low for the hatchback range. The 109bhp A3 1.6-litre TDI Ultra reduce emissions to just 89g/km CO2, a reduction of 10g on the previous low. Irrespective as to whether you choose the three-door hatch or five-door Sportback version, it will return up to 83.1mpg. But despite the efficiency figures, performance doesn’t suffer, since the 0-62mph dash can be accomplished in 10.5-seconds in three-door form – beating the Sportback by one-fifth of a second. Both go on to 124mph.

The introduction of the Audi A3 Ultra models comes just weeks after its arch-rival, BMW, launched its facelifted 1-series with class-leading economy figures. The Audi models has the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics firmly in its sights.

Standard equipment includes low-rolling resistance tyres wrapped around five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels, connected to a sports suspension. In an effort to reduce weight, the space-saver spare wheel has been replaced by a tyre inflation kit. For the same reason, the panoramic glass sunroof and even the tow bar has been eliminated from the options list.

In addition to the weight-saving measures, the final drive ratio of the six-speed manual gearbox have been made longer. No DSG is available on the Ultra.

Compared to the non-Ultra version, the Ultra models carry a £40 premium, meaning that the starting price is £20,865. The SE Technik starts at £21,615 whilst a Sportback version will add a further £620 to the cost of both.

The Audi A3 Ultra is available to order now.

This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto

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Andrew Merritt-Morling

Chief Editor

Associate Member of the Guild of Motoring Writers