The A3 compact hatchback now gets the ‘ultra’ badge, which means that this model now offers the most outstanding fuel economy and the most rigorously controlled emissions in five Audi ranges. The new A3 and A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI ultra models are capable of returning 83mpg and has CO2 emissions of only 89g/km.
These vehicles are included in an expanded 2016 Model Year A3 lineup that makes the quattro all-wheel-drive more accessible to consumers. Ordering has started for these vehicles. Buyers in the UK are expected to get them in August. The A3 represents the ideal foundation for an ultra model as it features optimized aerodynamics and is 80 kg lighter than its predecessor because of its advanced lightweight construction.
Audi had to modify the final drive ratio in the standard six-speed manual transmission that works with the EU6-compliant 1.6 TDI engine in order to build the A3 1.6 TDI ultra. The lowered sports suspension was incorporated and rolling resistance was minimized with the help of special tires.
Under the combined cycle test, the new 110PS version (either in three-door or five-door Sportback variant) that exclusively comes with six-speed manual transmission can offer as much as 83.1mpg and emit only 89g/km of CO2.
The three-door version can go from zero to 62mph in 10.5 seconds while the Sportback can accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 10.7 seconds. The top speed of these two models is 124mph.
Those who do business will reap the benefits of additional cuts in emissions as shown in zero rate Vehicle Excise Duty and a decrease in BIK band from 17% to 16%, helping lead to an annual liability for a 40% tax payer of £1,331.84, or slightly more than £110 for each month.
Detailed modifications were made on the very frugal new engine to optimize its potential. This engine comes together with SE and SE Technik specification levels. Both options that have this ultra engine come with 16-inch alloy wheels in specific designs as well as low rolling resistance tires.
Drag is minimized with lowered sports suspension. Both also feature air conditioning, the highly commended MMI radio with a slim, electrically folding screen, a Driver Information System, the Audi Music Interface, the Bluetooth mobile phone interface and a multi-function steering wheel.
The SE Technik models have SD card-based satellite navigation on top of the features that are standard on the SE version such as navigation preparation, rear acoustic parking sensors, cruise control and a colour screen for the Driver Information System.
Those who buy the A3 TDI ultra can also get any of these options: xenon or LED headlights, Milano leather upholstery, a technology package that features hard disk-based MMI navigation plus, MMI touch for data entry that uses fingertip ‘writing’ and Audi connect for internet-based services. [source: Audi]