(I got a sneak preview of this car yesterday and it is incredible. Feels bigger than the A4 on the inside and looks even hotter. The rest of the automotive industry really, really has their hands full. It is cavernous compared to the CLA and feels roomier than the ATS.)
As compact German sports sedans go, the 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro has adequate, but not stellar, fuel economy. The EPA rates the 2.0T with Quattro all-wheel drive—for now, the top powertrain until the hot-rod version S3 arrives—at 24-mpg city and 33-mpg highway.
While that combo beats the larger, same-engined A4 2.0T Quattro by 4 mpg in both tests, the 2014 BMW 228i with the 240-hp 2.0T, rear-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic is pegged at 3 mpg better on the highway and just 1 mpg less in the city. All-wheel drive is not yet offered on the 228i. The all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is still waiting on a 4MATIC model for the base 208-hp 2.0-liter turbo four, but at 26-mpg city and 38-mpg highway, the front-wheel-drive Benz has a lot of room to drop. Fuel economy figures for other A3 models have not been announced.
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The A3 comes with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic on all trim levels. All-wheel drive comes standard on models with the 220-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four and is unavailable on models with the 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo four. We expect to see a new 150-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder to be offered in the A3 as well, for the fans of oil burners out there.