The Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra has managed to complete a 1,500 km (932 miles) trip with a single tank of fuel. The vehicle started the journey at home in Ingolstadt and traveled to southern Italy without having to refuel during its long journey. To increase the A3’s efficiency as much as possible, the driver didn’t use the air conditioning system at all while the pressure of the tires was increased. In addition, the driver used all the tips in the book to cut fuel consumption as much as possible.
The model in question is actually one of the most economical cars Audi is selling these days, capable of posting a fuel consumption in the city of only 5.8 liters / 100 km while on the highway it can do just 4.1 liters, resulting in a combined fuel consumption of 4.7 liters / 100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.
These figures are applicable to both the six-speed manual gearbox and S tronic transmission versions working with the four-cylinder 1.4-liter TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine generating 150 HP (110 kW) sent to the front wheels. The motor benefits from cylinder on demand technology which means that during light loads the Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra can actually run on only two cylinders to lower fuel consumption.
In Germany, prices start at €27,100 for the six-speed manual model and from €29,000 for the S tronic-equipped variant.