Audi A3 Engine

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Audi A3 Engine

The A3 is a desirable, high-quality car and its strong residual values reflect this. It handles well and there are some fine engines available. The A3 shares many of its parts and engines with the cheaper VW Golf, which is a mixed blessing. It means crisp handling and some fine engines. The entry-level petrol and diesel models are comparatively cheap to buy and own, but they’re short on power and refinement. The 1.4 TFSI petrol and 2.0 TDI engines are a better bet; both supply plenty of overtaking punch but are clean and frugal.


A3 buyers can choose from five petrol engines, but the basic 101bhp 1.6 needs to be worked hard. The 123bhp 1.4 is a better bet, while the 158bhp 1.8 and 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo versions are properly quick. For the speed-crazed, there’s the 261bhp 2.0 S3. A dated 104bhp 1.9 diesel is also available, or there are two strong 2.0-litre diesels at 138bhp and 168bhp.

Four petrols and three diesels, including the new 1.4-litre TFSI turbo-and-supercharged unit. Best compromises are the Golf GTI-engined (197bhp) 2.0-litre TFSI that hits 0-62mph in just over seven seconds or the higher-powered diesel models like the 2.0-litre TDI with 168bhp. The 1.9-litre TDI is cheaper but slower.

Running Costs

Audi’s own mechanics are relatively expensive but long service intervals means you shouldn’t have to see them too often. Engines have been improved to offer better fuel consumption and lower emissions. The A3 also has decent residuals so long term costs are good. If you’re penny pinching but want an Audi badge then you need the 1.9-litre diesel and more than 60mpg (allegedly) and 119g/km for cheap company car tax. Residual values are very good and of course you get the Audi badge.

Yearly Overview

The Audi A3 is a compact car produced by the German automaker Audi since 1996. In 1999, Audi expanded the range with the introduction of more powerful versions: a 1.8 Turbo rated 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp), and a 1.9 TDI diesel engine with Unit Injector “Pumpe Düse” (PD) technology and variable geometry turbocharger. The four-wheel-drive A3 1.8T quattro used either the 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) or 180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp) engine, and the same Haldex Traction-based on-demand four-wheel drive system as the Audi S3 and the Audi TT. 1999 was also the year Audi was forced to bow to market demands and introduced a hastily-conceived five-door body that the company had not previously intended to produce.

In late 2000, the A3 range was revised with minor cosmetic changes, an improved interior, and the introduction of a 6 speed manual gearbox, on the 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) 1.8 Turbo engine and the brand new 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) 1.9 TDI engine.

In the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, Audi launched the second-generation of the A3. Originally launched only as a 3 door hatchback with four cylinder engines, it featured a new automobile platform (the PQ35 platform), a redesigned and more spacious interior, new petrol engines with Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI).

In mid 2003, the line was updated with 2 sports models, a 2.0 Turbo FSI version rated 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp), and a 3.2 VR6 engine (for the first time) with 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp). Haldex Traction based quattro on demand four wheel drive, were introduced as options (quattro is standard on the VR6) on every model with engine over 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp).

In April 2006, the line-up was expanded with the introduction of a more powerful 2.0 TDI with 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp). In August 2006, Audi announced the arrival of the S3. The 2.0 TFSI engine was rated 265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp).

In January 2007, the normally aspirated (non-turbo) 2.0 FSI was replaced by a new turbocharged 1.8 TFSI engine rated 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp). It is available in front-wheel drive only. In late 2007, Audi introduced a new 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 1.4L TFSI engine for the A3, replacing the 1.6 FSI engine, and a new diesel “e”-model. The “e”-model, Audi’s equivalent of Volkswagen’s BlueMotion, is available with the 1.9L TDI engine, and offers a more ecological car, with a CO2 emission below 120 g/km.

In 2009 Audi are developed a high-performance RS variant of the A3. The RS3 offers 340 PS (250 kW; 335 bhp) from its turbocharged 5 cylinder engine, as seen in the Audi TT RS, and feature Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system. In June 2009, Audi announced the release of two models of A3 1.6 TDI for European market. The first uses Audi’s start/stop and energy recovery system, and will produce 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp). This engine will achieve approximately 4.1 L/100 km (69 mpg-imp; 57 mpg-US). The second engine does not use the same efficiency systems and will produce 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) will get 4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg-imp; 52 mpg).

2010 Audi A3 Engine & Fuel Economy
  • Turbo compressor
  • 1,984 cc 2.0 liters in-line 4 front engine with 82.5 mm bore, 92.8 mm stroke, 9.6 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder
  • Premium unleaded fuel 91 and petrol
  • Gasoline direct injection fuel system
  • 15.9 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank 13.2
  • Power: 149 kW , 200 HP SAE @ 5,100 rpm; 207 ft lb , 281 Nm @ 1,800 rpm

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