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Audi gives A3 models economy boost

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Audi has updated its A3 hatchback and saloon models with economical new ‘ultra’ models and by adding Quattro four-wheel drive as an option for several engines.

The ultra version, which features a 109bhp 1.6-litre diesel motor is capable of official fuel economy of 83.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 89g/km – more than low enough to warrant free car tax and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. Despite its economy, it’s still capable of sprinting to 62mph in a reasonable 10.5 seconds in three-door form.

Helping to boost economy, ultra versions receive low rolling resitance tyres, optimised aerodynamics, lowered sports suspension and longer gearing. Prices for this new model start at £20,865 for the three-door hatchback and £21,485 for the five-door ‘Sportback’.

Another new introduction is the availability of Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system with the 1.6-litre diesel motor in saloon and five-door hatchback incarnations, with the latter weighing in at £22,915. Most economical of all the A3’s four-wheel drive versions, the 1.6 TDI 110 Quattro is capable of 60.1mpg official economy and emits just 127g/km of CO2, putting it into the £110 annual car tax band.

A3s equipped with the 2.0 TDI 150 diesel engine will also all now be available with four-wheel drive and cost from £25,045. This powerful model can sprint to 62mph in a brisk 8.2 seconds, but still returns impressive claimed economy of 58.9mpg, with emissions that place it in the same tax band as the smaller-engined four-wheel drive diesel A3.

These new models are available to order now, with the first cars arriving with customers in August.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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