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Audi A3 ultra launched in UK, returns 83 mpg

The frugal Audi A3 ultra and A3 Sportback ultra have arrived in United Kingdom and promise to return 83.1 mpg. The cars have CO2 emissions of only 89 g/km and are bound to show up in dealerships this August from £20,865 for the 1.6 TDI ultra SE version while the equivalent five-door Sportback costs £21,485. Both of them come with an economical four-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine producing 110 PS sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.

In terms of performance, the three-door Audi A3 ultra runs the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 10.5 seconds whereas the five-door Sportback model is 0.2s slower due to its slightly higher weight. Regardless of body style, both versions can reach a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).

Audi A3 ultra
Audi A3 ultra

Thanks to the lower CO2 emissions, business users will be happy to know the BIK band rate has decreased from 17% to 16%, thus contributing to an annual liability for a 40% tax payer of £1,331.84 (a little over £110 / month).

Here are the full pricing details for the 2016 Audi A3 lineup (UK-spec):

A3 1.6 TDI ultra SE (6-speed man, 110PS)£20,865
A3 1.6 TDI ultra SE Technik (6-speed man, 110PS)£21,615
A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra SE (6-speed man, 110PS)£21,485
A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra SE Technik (6-speed man, 110PS)£22,235
A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI quattro SE (6-speed man, 110PS)£22,915
A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 110PS)£24,315
A3 Saloon 1.6 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 110PS)£24,865
A3 2.0 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 150PS)£25,045
A3 2.0 TDI quattro 150PS S line (6-speed man, 150PS)£27,195
A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 150PS)£26,215
A3 Saloon 2.0 TDI quattro S line (6-speed man, 150PS)£28,365
A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 150PS)£25,665
A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro S line (6-speed man, 150PS)£27,815
A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI quattro Sport (6-speed man, 150PS)£30,405
A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI quattro S line (6-speed man, 150PS)£32,685
Adrian Padeanu

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