2015 Audi A3 Fuel Economy Released: How Does It Compare to the Competition?
We're still waiting for the 2015 Audi A3 to arrive in the U.S., but in the meantime, fuel economy numbers for this model have surfaced. Unfortunately, we aren't very impressed. The base Audi A3 is equipped with a small 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower, a combination that sounds fuel-efficient. But this powertrain only receives a 23/33 mpg city/highway rating from the Environmental Protection Agency. Even more surprisingly, this base engine gets worse fuel economy than the A3's more powerful engine option, the 220-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, which rates at 24/33 mpg city/highway and is all-wheel drive. Neither of these A3 models can compare to fuel economy achieved by a key rival, the new Mercedes-Benz CLA250. This model, available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, achieves 26/38 mpg city/highway and has a comparable amount of horsepower.But fuel economy isn't everything. Despite the numbers, we only had good things to say about the A3 when we saw it debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year. It is expected to arrive with a refined interior, and if it takes after the rest of the Audi family, a fun behind-the-wheel experience. We will reserve our final judgment on the car when we drive it next week. Stay tuned for a full report. Source: FuelEconomy.gov
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