After lusting after a 3.0TDIQ for ages and having spent hundreds of hours researching them, I finally became an owner just under a month ago. I found a car that matched the spec that I was after and traded my B8 1.8TFSI ex company car. Spec of my “new” B7 includes Leather, Bose, parking sensors, Sat Nav +, MFSW and Sunroof +TDIV. I debated manual vrs auto for a very long time and spent ages reading up on here before being persuaded that auto was the way to go - I had previously been convinced that I wanted a manual.
So thoughts after a month then,… it’s awesome. The power and torque are phenomenal compared to the 1.8T. Overtaking is now easy and safe. The handling from the Quattro system is unbelievably planted and even on slippery, wet leaf strewn B roads it’s very hard to get the car out of shape. Its very confidence inspiring after the skittish handling of the 2wd B8 – which TBH scared me on a number of occasions – sitting water, snow, slippery roads etc. Fuel economy wise the 3.0TDI isn’t too bad overall but impressive considering the performance on offer. Motorway cruising sees 38mpg whilst my mixed back road and A road drive to work sees around 33mpg. Weekend country blasting drops to just over 30mpg. Not bad for a car with more torque than an RS4 – even before it’s been mapped. Oh and the auto box isn’t too bad either – I miss the option of complete engine braking control for B road blasts but loving the comfort when sat in M25 Friday afternoon traffic.
Compared to the B8 1.T, it’s a much much nicer car to drive – although I do think that the B8 looks better and the B8 interior is leagues ahead of the B7. Glad I made the switch though.
If you’re thinking about a 3.0TDI, I thoroughly recommend that you go for it – they really are brilliant. B8 3.0TDIQ next