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Best diesel engine suited to auto gearbox?

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by pwm, Aug 12, 2013.

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    I'm looking to buy an A3 Sportback and its got to be an automatic.
    As it will be doing quite a few miles i guess the diesel will be the best option economy wise but I'm interested if anyone has an opinion as to the best suitable engine option, the 1.6 or 2.0?

    TIA
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    I am partial to this, but I think that the 2.0 150-BHP TDI is the best option with S-tronic transmission. Personally haven't seen as many 1.6 TDI as the 2.0's.
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    The 2.0TDI comes with the 6-speed wet-clutch s-tronic which is generally regarded as the better of the two s-tronic's available for the A3. The 1.6TDI has the dry-clutch 7-speed s-tronic. Personally I've owned four A3 (8P) 2.0TDIs with s-tronics and they have all been great. The new 150 version should be just as good if not better. When I decide to buy another car it will certainly be the one I will go for.
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    I personally think the bigger the engine for the Automatic mode, as I also think small engines are under powered for auto/s-tronics.
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    What about adding the 184PS to the mix? I'd love to know how that matches up to the S tronic compared with the 150PS (and also the 1.8 petrol, which I've heard isn't that great with the auto box).
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    Dealer has a 184ps S line demonstrator arriving in the next few days so I've booked for a test drive on Friday. Maybe more power than is needed (and cost/mpg).
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    You can never have too much power on hand when delivered correctly, as mentioned on previous posts some people prefer the MPG better buying manual and lower HP engine..
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    For my needs I cannot imagine there ever being more power than is needed!
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    Looks like I'm moving towards more power and less economy! This car was meant to be a 'sensible' second car for us.
    Problem is I've been used to BMW. I've gone through three 3 series coupes, last one was a 330 and then got a 650. Sold that 3 years ago and have been sharing the wife's x5 as I walk to work. The car was always a luxury not a necessity. Only needed the car very occasionally. Now I've got to get a car as 2 days a week I've got to do a 120 mile round trip. So the thought was an economical diesel :-(.
    So I've got to balance my preference for luxury and power with the economy (and not annoying the wife :))
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    If I were going to be spending 4+ hours a week commuting I would downgrade "er in doors" shopping and school run x5 and spec up my new A3 and enjoy the lengthy commutes rather than trying to eek out the gas on a daily basis so the mrs can chug around in the x5 at 20mpg.
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    lol;). I know what you mean. I decided to upgrade to the 184ps version when it came out (I did have the 150hp version on order). I drive a 175hp diesel TT at the moment, and would miss the extra power. TBH I've found that the TT actually meets its expected MPG quite often now its run it. I often get low 40's around town, with an average on longer motorway trips of mid 50's. The other reason I went for the engine (apart from missing the power), is that I think a larger engine "loping" along as is were is preferable to a smaller engine being thrashed to get the same effect.
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    Having done 7000 rpm in 2nd gear this morning on a quiet B road I'd have to disagree. :racer: A small revvy petrol engine can be loads of fun.

    For a relaxing motorway drive though I can see the appeal of a bigger diesel engine.
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    Looks like i'll go for the 2.0 then, unless i hate the test drive. Just got to decide on the extras then :)
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