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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.

Audi A3 Sportback 1.9 TDI e

Day 1

Vehicle

Team

Average fuel consumption
litres/100km

Average CO2
grams/km

NXR 43N

Nick Raman
Samantha Stevens

3.6

95

NXR 43M
CONTROL CAR

Anna Burgdorf

4.3

114

NXR 43P

Kevin Hepworth
Peter Atkinson

3.8

95

NXR 43L

Tim Pomroy
Murray Hubbard

3.8

101

VAG 254

James Stanford Jeremy Spinks

3.8

101

Day 2

Vehicle

Team

Average fuel consumption
litres/100km

Average CO2
grams/km

NXR 43N

Alby Martin
Ken Gratton

3.5

93

NXR 43M

John Cadogan
Ian Porter

3.8

101

NXR 43P CONTROL CAR

Steve Lague
Isaac Bober

4.6

122

NXR 43L

Bob Jennings
Peter McKay

3.6

95

VAG 254

Brent Davison
Ian Crawford

3.8

101




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