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2010-08-11 11:02

You would never guess this now features Polo TDI power and a DSG transmission? Come November this is what local customers can expect when they order Audi’s new A3 1.6 TDI.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Audi
Model A3 1.6 TDI
Engine 1.6 turbodiesel
Power 77kW @ 4 400r/min
Torque 250Nm @ 1 500r/min
Transmission Seven-speed DSG
Fuel Consumption 4.1l/100km
Audi’s announced drivetrain changes to its A3 range as the 1.9 TDI is discontinued and dual-clutch shifting is expanded to the entry-level 1.4 models.

Trending the global design move to smaller, more sophisticated forced-induction engines the A3 range is bidding its 1.9 TDI farewell.

From November local customers wishing to purchase their A3 hatch- and Sportback with entry-level compression ignition power will be serviced by a new 1.6 TDI engine, which debuted locally in the new Polo last year.

Polo power for your A3

Statistically the smaller engine boasts similar outputs (77kW/250Nm) to the 1.9 TDI it replaces.

Emissions are reduced though, with the 1.6 TDI dipping under the proposed government emission tax threshold (120g/km of CO2) with a low carbon output signature of only 102g/km.

Beyond retaining its 1.9 TDI predecessor’s performance and lowering emissions, the 1.6 TDI’s combined cycle consumption is claimed to be a stupefyingly low 4.1l/100km.

Balancing performance and economy is Audi’s latest generation seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, which also becomes available on the 1.4T FSI as part of the A3's November update.

The new A3 TDI and 1.4T FSI dual-clutch models are set to retail in Attraction trim only.

Tallying standard safety specification are dual front and side airbags and ESP. You pay extra for trimmings like leather seats, a multifunction steering wheel and parking sensors.

Standard comfort and convenience items include Climatronic dual-zone air-conditioning, MP3/Aux-in enabled infotainment, chrome door handle and bumper accents and 16-inch six-spoke alloy wheels.

If you want a premium hatchback without falling foul of government's pending emission tax, these new A3 1.6 TDIs makes a very convincing argument for themselves.

Indicative Pricing:
Audi A3 3-door
1.4 T FSI S tronic                   R274 500
1.6 TDI S tronic                      R274 500
Audi A3 Sportback
1.4 T FSI S tronic                   R282 500
1.6 TDI S tronic                      R282 500

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