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.
Audi A3 Sportback 1.9 TDI e
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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 consumptionlitres/100km

Average CO2grams/km

NXR 43N

Nick RamanSamantha Stevens

3.6

95

NXR 43MCONTROL CAR

Anna Burgdorf

4.3

114

NXR 43P

Kevin HepworthPeter Atkinson

3.8

95

NXR 43L

Tim PomroyMurray Hubbard

3.8

101

VAG 254

James Stanford Jeremy Spinks

3.8

101

Day 2

Vehicle

Team

Average fuel consumptionlitres/100km

Average CO2grams/km

NXR 43N

Alby MartinKen Gratton

3.5

93

NXR 43M

John CadoganIan Porter

3.8

101

NXR 43P CONTROL CAR

Steve LagueIsaac Bober

4.6

122

NXR 43L

Bob JenningsPeter McKay

3.6

95

VAG 254

Brent DavisonIan Crawford

3.8

101