Audi A3 2.0 TDI is a Potentially High Selling Executive Sedan
|   Friday, July 05, 2013
Audi has officially entered the executive sedan segment with the latest A3 sedan. The A3 is the only sedan to feature a diesel engine which has been especially designed to attract customers based out of China. The A3 is the perfect competitor to the Mercedes Benz CLA and the latest Volvo S60 D4 R. The A3 emits just 107 g/km of CO2 while the CLA emits close to 117 g/km. This makes the A3 environment friendly and hence carries a greater tax advantage.


Audi has installed a 2.0 liter TDI engine into the A3 and this engine is more fuel efficient than the 1.4 liter engines powering the rivaling models. Audi claims an expected fuel efficiency of 67.3 MPG as compared to the average 60.1 MPG provided by it is competitors. The A3 sedan features similar properties and dimensions as the A3 hatch back primarily due to the fact that it is based on the same platform.

The engine is refined yet powerful and this vehicle feels more alive than its hatchback cousin. A standard 1.4 liter engine is available which develops peak power close to 1750 – 3000 RPM. Power is at an all time high and deficiency is not a problem. The 2.0 liter TDI option is mated to a six speed automatic transmission system while Audi is offering an optional S Tronic transmission system on the ride.

This model is however not as performance oriented as its sports segment vehicle and for obvious reasons too. The A3 sedan is focused more on comfort and ride ability. As a result the cabin is quite comfortable and the seats provide sufficient head and leg room for the passengers. Although interior space is greater than that of the hatch back, luggage storage capacity of the vehicle has increased owing to the sedan body structure.

Cruising on the freeways is smooth and worth the experience. Audi has designed this vehicle to drive precisely and the steering column is well adjusted to the needs of the driver while driving within the city perimeters. The new engine is dynamic, fuel efficient, smooth and well tuned.

The suspension is also well tuned and the sedan sits lower than the hatch back. This makes the A3 pretty smooth to corner even at high speeds. The engine displaces close to1 48 BHP which is sufficiently high considering the other competitors in its range. Acceleration is quite effortless and this vehicle performs just like the driver wants it to. Priced at £25,755 the A3 sedan is one of the best options in its range for the price and the features available.

Mid range torque is not a problem with this car and high end juice is also intact. Audi has also installed a range of selected electrical and electronic drive assistance measures in the car which enhances the general ride quality of the car. The A3 was one of the highly anticipated models of 2013 and the car has not disappointed. This should be a potentially high selling executive sedan in the Chinese market.
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