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Our fleet: Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI Sport - August 2013

Audi
BIK List Price
£21,945
Audi A3 Sportback BIK list price
BIK Percentage
14%
Audi A3 Sportback BIK Percent
CO2
99g/km
Audi A3 Sportback CO2
Combined MPG
74.3
Audi A3 Sportback MPG

Review

I've now spent three months with the A3 and I’m only just getting used to its start-stop technology.

The Audi is the only vehicle I have used which has had the feature – in the past I’ve owned cars in which the engine would stop when they came to a rest, but this was because they were old and there was always a chance that they wouldn’t re-start, leaving me stranded.

Inititally this led to mild panic every time the Audi’s engine cut out in traffic, but fortunately that feeling has now subsided.

So much so that I’m enjoying start-stopping even at every opportunity. There is a button on the centre console to turn it off, but why would you?

After stopping, the engine fires up immediately when you're ready to start moving again, so even the most impatient driver won't get annoyed at any delay.

The only downside in the hot weather we've been having is that it doesn't always work when the air-conditioning is on because of the drain on the battery.

Other fuel-saving technologies on the A3 Sportback are a gearshift indicator which tells you the most efficient gear to drive in, and a recuperation system which converts the kinetic energy created when coasting or braking into electrical energy which is stored temporarily in the battery.

When the vehicle accelerates, this energy is used to relieve the load on the alternator, resulting in a claimed fuel saving of up to 3%.

However, I don't think I'm feeling the full benefits on this technology; I'm recording an average economy of 50.6mpg – well down on the 74.3mpg achieved in the official combined cycle test. 

Top Speed
N/A
Audi A3 Sportback Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Audi A3 Sportback Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Audi A3 Sportback Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,850
4 Year 80k : £8,050
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 32.03
4 Year 80k : 30.13

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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