The Audi A3 is a vehicle ultra fine manufactured with high quality materials even better than the average. Certainly it is among the top three compact on the market. All plastics are good or very good quality and visual appearance. The first thing we noticed inside the Audi A3 TDI ultra is well soundproofed that is as both road noise and aerodynamic reach the highly attenuated inside. This version with the 1.6 TDI has a low noise level and is fairly quiet that only becomes apparent during acceleration or when it is very cold.
The lighting both interior and exterior is spectacular. Inside the ambient lights and illuminating controls and instruments are perfect. Diodes everywhere ambient lights in doors floor etc. edges of the speakers that look bright and abroad all the functions of main lighting are formed by diodes (daytime running lights position stop and indicators of rear and side direction) and discharge lights xenon for low and high beam. The lights and low beam light very well. Audi takes great care in his final lighting products.
Once seated interior and plastic trims available we give a great sense of quality by the feel of the materials and the adjustments that are really good. The unit we tested also had the seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara. The front seats are very good because the trim is of great quality and hold very well and have multiple adjustments mechanics in this version to find the perfect driving position. Fluffy is right neither too hard nor too soft. The front seats can be very low but not as much as other competitors in the segment.
In the front seat passengers will not have space problems even riding the sunroof riding our test unit and reduce inches in height cabin. In the rear there is enough for two adults or three children without child restraints have no problems to comfortably put your legs or they can go comfortable by available space in width space. Even at 1.90 meters tall people can go smoothly in the rear.
Audi cares flawlessly the ergonomic controls and controls and in this case the A3 se exceeded. The controls have a very good performance and perfect layout. They are conveniently located knob multimedia touch control system. The dashboard is between the two spheres Speedometer and tachometer a multifunction color display that gives all important information such as consumer strategies (green for the optimum gear yellow for changing gear and red imperative to change gear) audio system browser onboard computer or phone. The typography is very clear and chosen for the interior and dashboard lighting is soft color and red for the commands and controls.
The Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra we tested has a very sporty lined leather steering wheel flattened at the bottom. It has buttons to control board computer audio system voice control telephone etc. The Audi MMI knob is easy to handle and is very intuitive to operate just keep in mind that the orientation of the menu systems are upside Audi nearly all manufacturers in the opposite direction to the needles of clock. The system touch panel controller works properly it is very fast and accurate in handwriting recognition.
The system is topped by a 7-inch retractable leaving the dashboard. The browser has very good graphics but except for a few emblematic buildings in large cities that appear in 3D has some shortcomings especially when we move through areas of low coverage mapping. The browser performs quite accurately guide. Voice control works well we can control not only guiding functions of the browser but the audio system sound sources and even the phone. The audio system riding our test unit is of good quality and has bluetooth handsfree profile and A2DP stereo audio streaming and a proprietary connector "Audi Music Interface" in the hollow of the armrest for devices iPhone 5 and 6.
The Audi A3 Ultra offers few holes in the cockpit. The center console houses two cupholders and a small slide to leave some keys or coins. The armrest has a large and shallow hole. The glove compartment cooled and illuminated has room only for documentation and little else since most of the space is occupied by the computer entertainment system. Front door pockets are capable to put up a few bottles of 1.5 liters. In the rear no doors but there are some small very small bags with a coaster over the seat. At the edge of the rear bench have a small hatch to accommodate a reflective vest.
The trunk has 365 liters which is about average and may be more than enough for the luggage of four. The volume can be increased to 1100 liters by folding down the rear seats leaving a completely flush floor. The seats are folded in the usual ratio of 60/40. The trunk is nicely trimmed with a thick carpet of fine hair. The trunk is well used with regular shapes. To secure the load has various gadgets like two big hooks four rings for an elastic net and a small network containing a charger 12 V on the left side.
Dynamically the Audi A3 TDI ultra surprising because despite not being a vehicle prestacional or sports court shown with the typical character of the A3 firm not harsh suspensions which filter well those little bumps and breaks road and all crowned with a spectacular chassis. The test unit was riding a Michelin tires with low rolling resistance measures 205 / 55R16 with a surprisingly good grip in both dry and wet conditions a very low noise and superior adhesion limit you could expect from a such tires. All this makes the A3 TDI ultra is a very noble normal along with comfortable and very safe pace car.
As we mentioned the A3 TDI ultra is a safe and easy to drive car not only by systems of active and passive safety at its disposal but for its impeccable brake system operation. This car slows down and does it very well. The brake pedal feel is perfect with a first path where we can dispense smooth braking power without receiving much mordant blow. Frena and makes fast but gently. The ABS only comes into operation if we stop wanting. We liked it reminded us more sports cars.
And now it speak of the 1.6 TDI with 110 hp and 250 Nm engine between 1500 and 3000 rpm torque. The manual gearbox is a change well suited to the claims of savings you have this version with specially chosen developments for greater efficiency in fuel consumption. On the open road is a delight an engine with a very linear power delivery enough to move the Audi A3 TDI ultra smoothly to a top speed of 200 km / h and accelerate from 0-100 km / h in just 10.5 seconds.
Also with a capacity of 50 liters fuel tank you can travel more than 1500 miles. The new A3 TDI ultra ultra weighs only 1205 kilograms. The aerodynamics have been improved not only by the side skirts S line but also reducing the height of the body to the ground in 15 mm.
A3 ultra TDI is a car exceptionally low consumption not only by changes in the engine but by the improved aerodynamics through line side sills S and reducing the height of the body to the ground by 15 mm. Declares an approved combined consumption of just 3.2 liters per 100 km. We have achieved an average consumption of only 4 liters per 100 km without being careful with the throttle but at a rate that could be considered normal. We can expect that "cheerful" rhythm we measured average consumption of 6 liters per 100 km. It seems we can reach the consumer by the manufacturer but we have to be very careful with the throttle and have optimal conditions to achieve.
The Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra is a model suitable for those wishing to have a premium vehicle with fuel saving flag with luxury finishes and materials well above average. Impeccable behavior technology and sufficient performance are the main arguments of a bet that makes it a fuel consumption which until now was only possible at the wheel of a hybrid.
In short Audi has managed to make an attractive vehicle without resorting to hybridization but the thinning of diesel technology to be as efficient as possible thermodynamically speaking. Audi A3 TDI ultra version of a price of 25560 euros and is only available in the Attraction finish.
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