The newcomer has a low CO2 output of 119g/km, and it’s aimed squarely at company car drivers, beating proposed changes to London’s congestion charge, which will see the levy become emissions-based.
But even if you don’t live in the capital, the newcomer’s fuel economy of 62.7mpg has genuine appeal. And because its emissions dip below 120g/km, it qualifies for an annual road tax bill of only £35.
The body has a few aerodynamic tweaks to make it more efficient, while the tyres on this car’s ordinary-looking alloy wheels have a reduced rolling resistance, which helps to cut fuel consumption.
Inside, it’s a similar story. The cabin is regular A3 fare, which means a smart design and solid build quality. However, the five-speed manual gearbox has specially selected extra-long ratios, and there’s a digital display between the dials that tells you which gear to choose to optimise economy. The 1.9-litre oil-burner, mean- while, has been assembled with low friction components and is tuned to return excellent fuel consumption rather than outright performance.
Yet the A3 still has a 120mph top speed and can sprint from 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds, while in-gear performance is livelier than these figures suggest.
Source: Auto Express