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New Audi A1 now under 100g/km

New Audi A1 now under 100g/km

The latest version of the Audi A1 TDI premium hatchback has boosted its fuel economy to 74.3 mpg, and lowered CO2 output to just 99 g/km.

Priced at just £14,480 OTR, low fuel consumption makes this model an affordable choice – 99 g/km means that it is also exempt from road tax and London's Congestion Charge.

Further optimisation of the fuel system and engine management unit has been responsible for lowering the CO2 output by 6 g/km to 99 g/km, which has also boosted fuel economy by more than 4mpg. As before, the achievement of these outstanding figures is aided by engine start-stop and energy recuperation systems.

The performance delivered by the turbo charged and directly injected common rail unit also remains as keen as ever. The A1 1.6 TDI with five-speed manual transmission sprints from rest to 62mph in 10.5 seconds, and where conditions allow can reach a top speed of 118 mph.

The advantage held by the revised 1.6 TDI won't only be felt at the filling station. With CO2 dipping below the 100 g/km mark it is exempt from the Congestion Charge, and also from VED tax as the duty bandings currently stand. The majority of A1 models, including the 1.6 TDI, are already duty-free in the first year of ownership.

The A1 1.6 TDI can be ordered in all three trim levels – SE, Sport and S line. Features common to all include alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display. Prices are largely unchanged from the previous A1 version, and range from £14,480 to £17,865.

This efficiency standard bearer is far from the exception to the rule for Audi. The Vorsprung durch Technik brand offers a range of efficient models, the most notable being the three-door A3 1.6 TDI which can also offer 99g/km and 74.3mpg capability, the A4 TDI Saloon with 120g/km and 61.4mpg, the new A6 2.0 TDI saloon with 129g/km and 57.6mpg and the TT TDI Quattro with 53.3mpg and 139g/km.

Later in 2011, another highlight will be launched in the shape of the front-wheel-drive A8 3.0 TDI luxury saloon, combining 204PS with the potential to cover up to 47.1mpg while emitting just 159 g/km of CO2.


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