After a 366km journey at Audi’s press launch for the new A3 Sportback 1.9 TDI e, 18 motoring journalists took part in the drive from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island.
The key to the A3 Sportback 1.9 TDI e’s stellar fuel consumption is extended gear ratios in 3rd and 5th gears, along with weight-saving measures made to the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Other modifications include 205/55, 16″ wheels which are fitted to low rolling-resistance tyres.
A mix of city, highway and country driving was incorporated into the event, including a short stint on a gravel road. According to Audi, 30% of the vehicle’s emissions are down to driver style, while the control car was driven with no thought for fuel efficiency.
The winning team – comprising of Alby Martin and Ken Gratton – recorded an average fuel consumption of 3.5l/100km and emitted just 93g/km of CO2.