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A Blend of Opulence and Economy – The 2.0 TDI Audi A3 Sportback
May 2013 will witness the launch of a new diesel powertrain for the spectacular Audi A3 Sportback. The automobile world and Audi patrons wait for the
fun element to make itself conspicuous with the aid of this high-powered turbodiesel engine.
The more realistic member of the Audi A3 family, the five-door Sportback is getting ready for a superb performance at low running costs with the
introduction of a powerful 2.0 TDI this May. Most of the Audi lovers will be satisfied with this addition, considering the car’s lavish and practical
cabin. However, there might be some who would expect a firmer ride and a better handling. The new Sportback is expected to compete strongly with the sporty
SEAT Leon FR and the imminent VW Golf GTD.
The Power Factor
The new 2.0 litre 4-cyl TDI engine is designed to generate 181bhp; and though it goes from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds, it feels much faster than that from
where the driver sits. It will ensure that this model performs exactly as you would expect a diesel hot hatchback to.
What’s more, there’s a massive punch of torque in the mid-range that ensures instantly moving past any slower-moving vehicular traffic. The power advantage
it has over the more affordable 148bhp 2.0 TDI is a mere 33bhp, but it practically feels a lot more than that.
Though the 181bhp engine could have used a bit more refinement, its noisy attitude with a gruffer sound suits the car’s personality. Nevertheless, this 2.0
TDI is a lot smoother and calmer compared to most 4-cyl diesel engines in the market.
Additionally, despite its intent to deliver a stunning hot hatch performance, this engine consumes fuel as frugally as a diesel engine ideally should. Audi
declares an estimated fuel efficiency of an impressive 61.4mpg and CO2 emission rate of a mere 114g/km. This means no annual road tax for the
first year of purchase for the buyers and £30 yearly thereafter. The maximum speed this Sportback will run on is 144mph.
Irrespective of whether you opt for the firmer sports suspension, this Audi A3 offers loads of grip and feels extremely agile through swift direction
changes. At the same time, even though it is engineered with adaptive dampers, and can be switched to a Sport mode that adds weight to the steering wheel
and enhances throttle response, automobile experts rate BMW1 Series higher on the fun element and describe it as ‘a lot more involving’.
All said and done, this Audi A3 Sportback’s cabin is matchless with its modish switchgear and the array of advanced technology it is designed with. Every
inch feels superior in quality, and this model boasts of more space in the rear passenger seats and the boot area, as compared to its BMW archrival.
This front-wheel drive model with a 6-speed manual gear apparatus is expected to cost around
£24,000, when it arrives in showrooms this May. The price tag, comparable to an equally potent BMW 120d, will make it tough for most to choose between
king-size luxury and excitement on the drive.