Hi Guys, I'm going to a dealer over the weekend to test drive an A3 with the 2.0 TDI (150ps) engine. I expect it to drive quite similar (in respect to outright performance) as my current 2.0 TDI VW Scirocco, and that's the engine I was going for. Unfortunately they don't have a 1.4 TFSI for test, just the diesel.
However..........even when I purchased the Scirocco 2 years ago, I never really needed a diesel, but in GT spec (which is what I wanted), my choices were the diesel engines or a 2.0 Turbo 210ps Petrol. Whilst we all love a bit of performance, to be honest, the diesel was fast enough for my sort of driving, and the fuel economy blew the petrol into the weeds, and it was significantly cheaper than the petrol, which is why I now have a diesel. Coupled with the DSG box (S-Tronic for you guys ), it's made a great combination, however as I only do about 8-9k miles per year, I've always been worried about the DPF filter clogging (although to be fair - touch wood, I've never even had the DPF light come on yet).
On the basis of the above, I'm starting to consider the 1.4 TFSI (122ps) and was just wondering if any one has this engine and can give some insight into it's overall performance. Obviously I don't expect the huge wall of torque you can ride on the diesel or the same outright overall performance, but for every day driving and pootling up the motorway at 70-80mph, how does it fair. It will be a Sportback I'll go for, but I guess the current 3 door's performance will be very similar? Specifically as well, if anyone has it with the S-Tronic 7 speed box, I'd be really happy to hear your responses, as the 6 speed wet clutch assembly in my Rocco has been a peach, but i'm not too sure how much difference the 7 Speed dry clutch will make to the driving experience ?
I'd also be interested in real world fuel economy as well. The Rocco on my typical weekly commute, approx 10 miles to work and 15 miles back (different routes for different times of the day, in case you were wondering) with a mixture of 60% urban and 40% motorway, usual returns about 44-45 in the winter and 47-50 in the summer.
I know that at some point in this year there will be a 140ps ACT version in the Audi line up, but as this isn't available yet and will no doubt command a significant price difference, I'd like to discount comparisons to that please (for now).
Thanks in advance.