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Audi A3 TDI Earns Over 78mpg On Euro Road Test

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Audi A3 TDI competing in the Efficiency Challenge A to B [via AutocarUK]

Audi A3 TDI competing in the Efficiency Challenge A to B [via AutocarUK]

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As Marty Padgett announced earlier this month, the 2010 Audi A3 TDI is slated to arrive in North America this November with a sticker price of $30,775. That's a fairly high sum for a fairly small car, but on this month's cross-European "Efficiency Challenge A to B", the diesel A3 has earned upwards of 94 mpg UK, which translates to a whopping 78.4 mpg US. Granted, the drivers have been hypermiling, and the engine in the test car is a 1.6-liter, not the 2.0-liter announced for America. Still, 78.4 mpg is nearly twice the A3's stated fuel efficiency of 42 mpg US, which is nothing to sneer at -- and it may make that sticker price easier to swallow. [AutocarUK]

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  1. Au contrare! 78.4 mpg while hypermiling is definintely something to sneer at! Hypermiling. Harmph!
    Translated into English that means driving below the speed limit, wasting time and becoming an obstacle to other traffic (and a well-deserved object of derision by fellow motorists). It might mean dangerously drafting large trucks.
    Hypermiling is unpleasant. The savings in fuel are not worth the expense of extra time and frustration. Hypermiling: just another word for bull****!

  2. Very True Johnster, this is very dangerous Ive tried it and it can be very scary specially behind 18 wheelers not WORTH it. On the other hand when going down hill it can be done or before coming to a stop hypermile to it otherwise dont try it folks

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