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Our Fleet: Audi A3 2.0 TDI SE - February 2013

Audi
BIK List Price
£21,450
Audi A3 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
15%
Audi A3 BIK Percent
CO2
106g/km
Audi A3 CO2
Combined MPG
68.9
Audi A3 MPG

Review

The all-new Audi A3’s design reflects the German manufacturer’s mantra of ‘evolution not revolution’. It has subtly redefined the look of its successful predecessor, while improving fit and finish, and on-board technology.

It’s resulted in a car which confirms its premium lower-medium status and is sure to appeal to the fleet market.

Audi has redesigned the A3 from the ground up and its ultra-lightweight construction has produced a car 80kg lighter than its predecessor.

Our test version – the 2.0 TDI (150PS) SE – boasts an impressive 106g/km of CO2, while the less powerful (105PS) 1.6 TDI achieves 99g/km.

The 1.6 diesel variant has a claimed combined of 74.3mpg, while our 2.0-litre version quotes a combined figure of 68.9mpg.

But, having covered several hundred miles around town and on the motorway, we’re currently only achieving 48.4mpg – almost a 30% shortfall. That should hopefully improve with a greater focus on driving style in the coming weeks.

Inside, the A3 feels roomy and uncluttered, while boot space has increased from 350 litres to 365 litres.

The ride is firm – it’s an Audi – but not uncomfortable and the power from the 2.0-litre TDI engine paired with the six-speed manual gearbox delivers enough torque to keep you interested.

It all combines to provide a very compelling proposition for fleets and for company car drivers eager to possess the premium badge.

Top Speed
143mph
Audi A3 Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Audi A3 Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Audi A3 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,075
4 Year 80k : £7,375
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 33.02
4 Year 80k : 31.01

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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