Audi A3 35 TFSI 2022 Motoring Minute Review

Audi A3 – While Audi first showed its S3 sedan and Sportback they also have less energetic siblings the A3. There is a choice of two engines a detuned 2 litre called the 40 TFSI and the smallest engine, the 35 TFSI that has a 1.5 litre turbocharge 4 cylinder with a mild hybrid electric technology running on a 48V system.

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With 110 kw the 35 has less than half the power of the S3 and nearly 40% less torque at 250 Nm.

Mild hybrids are hardly noticeable and seem like a lot of effort for the little result but to its credit, the S3 gets 7.4 litres per 100km fuel consumption of 5 litres/100 km.

The dashboard told you when under minimal power it was shifting into two-cylinder mode to enhance it fuel consumption.

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Audi A3 2022

Not surprisingly it was a much more sedate car to drive but it still handles very well. But you were less engaged with the vehicle. The A3 felt a bit like driving by numbers compared to the drive-by feel as is the case with the S3. With little exhaust noise, you are much less conscious of the gear you were in and in fairness you left that all up to the vehicle; using the paddles did not produce the perceptive and precise response that made the S3 such a driver’s car.

The 35 is priced at $46,900.

Despite the semiconductor bottlenecks, the Audi deliveries in fiscal year 2021 were nearly at the same level as last year, yet Audi registered strong growth among battery electric vehicles.

Audi A3 2022

The Audi brand delivered a total of 1,680,512 (2020: 1,692,773) vehicles to customers last year, achieving nearly the same figures as the year before (-0.7 percent).

In the first half of the year, Audi increased deliveries by 38.8 percent to 981,681 (707,225) vehicles. The persistent semiconductor scarcity led to production downtime despite intensive control measures, so the continued high demand in the second half of the year wasn’t able to be fully met.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto