Although the A3 TDI's arrival to the U.S. market has been pretty much confirmed for months, Audi made it formal in its press conference at the North American International Auto Show. At a Detroit auto show where the dominant theme so far is fuel consumption, it’s appropriate.
TheCarConnection.com spent an afternoon with a Euro-spec A3 2.0 TDI earlier this fall and was very impressed with the torque on tap and how perky the engine feels with the six-speed S tronic (DSG) transmission and front-wheel drive—the only powertrain combination available with it.
Audi says that the A3 will provide more than 40 mpg on the highway; the Jetta TDI with the same engine gets EPA ratings of 30 mpg city, 41 highway, but real-world mileage is anticipated to be much higher. On a mostly Interstate haul from Toledo to Chicago, we averaged 47 mpg
Standard features on the TDI model will include hill-hold assist, Sirius satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lamps, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and leather upholstery. Magnetic Ride Control and xenon headlamps are among the major options.
The 2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI will go on sale in the first quarter of 2010. The A3 is the second Audi diesel model announced for the U.S., after the Q7 3.0 TDI, which will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships in April.