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New low-tax diesel engine for Audi A3

  • New A3 TDI Ultra offers emissions as low as 89g/km
  • Equipped exclusively with six-speed manual gearbox
  • First deliveries are expected this August

Already introduced in five other models in the Audi line-up, the German firm’s new range of Ultra diesel engines has finally made its way to the popular A3 hatchback.

Available in both A3 hatchback and Sportback models, new 1.6-litre Ultra diesel versions offer an impressive average combined fuel economy of 83mpg according to official test figures.

Crucial for company car drivers is the 89g/km of CO2 emissions figure, which places this A3 into a 16 percent Benfit in Kind (BIK) tax band for the 2015/16 tax year.

To help achieve the impressively low running costs the height of the sports suspension has been reduced and special low rolling resistance tyres are fitted. The new 108bhp engine needs 10.5 seconds to reach 62mph from rest for the three-door hatchback, closely followed by the Sportback at 10.7 seconds, and both models top out at 124mph.

The new engine is available in SE and SE Technik trims and come equipped with air-con, the Audi Music Interface, a Driver Information System, Bluetooth connectivity and a multi-function steering wheel. SE Technik models add sat-nav, rear parking sensors, cruise control and a colour screen for the Driver Information System.

Drivers looking to add increased all-weather capability can also now choose a 1.6 TDI quattro version of the A3 Saloon or the five-door A3 Sportback. The A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI quattro can reach 62mph from rest in 11.2 seconds, continue to 120mph and return up to 60.1mpg according to the combined cycle test, corresponding to CO2 output of 127g/km which means a 23 percent BIK tax band for the current 2015/16 tax year.

The Audi A3 1.6-litre TDI Ultra is available to order now and is expected to reach UK customers in August.