Audi A3 1.6 TDI Ultra in the test

Dino Eisele
Audi A3 1.6 TDI Ultra in the test
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D he Duden describes the word' ultra ' with synonyms such as “exaggerated” and “improper”. At Audi, however, the lettering on the rear stands for efficiency through and through. The Audi A3 Sedan as ultra in the NEDC cycle should only need 3.3 l /100 km, half a liter less than a conventional 1.6 TDI with 110 hp.

In practice, the Audi A3 is not an ultra saver

If you want to even come close to this value in everyday life, you have to quickly switch to the upper, slightly longer geared gear sets of the precisely shiftable six-speed gearbox and only gently stroke the gas pedal. Even on the eco-lap completed in this style by auto motor und sport, an average of 4.3 l /100 km flowed through the injectors.

Without such efforts, the test consumption was 5.5 l /100 km - not a bad value for a spacious sedan, but more than expected. The Ultra package costs 400 euros, recognizable by the side sill strips, which together with the lowering by the sports suspension improve the aerodynamics. After all, this does not entail any significant loss of comfort, but unlike the normal 1.6 TDI, the Audi A3 Ultra does not meet the Euro 6 standard.

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