The A3 and A3 Sportback will be the first of many Audi models to offer an in-car display of local fuel stations and their prices via Audi connect.
The new Fuel Prices service is available this month, initially for A3 and A3 Sportback models, as part of an enhanced version of the ‘Mobile Phone Preparation – High with Audi connect’ option. This further developed option will gradually be rolled out to the majority of models during 2013 – the TT and R8 will adopt it at a later date.
The system consults an online database to list the cheapest filling stations in real time at the prevailing location, at the driver's destination or at a location of his or her choice. It even takes into account the type of fuel required. The driver can sort the overview list by price or by distance, and once a filling station has been selected one click is all that is required to set the selected filling station as a navigation destination.
The Fuel Prices feature is just one of several useful and informative components of the enhanced Audi connect option, which must also be combined with the hard disk-based Satellite Navigation Plus. The two optional items are available in the A3 as part of the cost-effective Technology Pack High with Audi connect, costing £1,795.
For fleets that were unlikely to choose the technology pack high, the potential savings of finding the lowers priced fuel are inlikely to offset the cost of the option.