2010 Audi A3 TDI Starts at $29,950

2010_audi_a3 The 2010 Audi A3 TDI with its 50-state-certified diesel engine will start at $29,950, not including an $825 destination charge, when it goes on sale in November.

How does the diesel model compare to the plain old gas version? The regular A3 2.0T begins at $27,270 (excluding the same destination fee), making the diesel a healthy $2,680 more. The A3 TDI has an EPA rating of 30 mpg in the city and an impressive 42 mpg on the highway compared to the base A3’s 21/30 mpg city/highway rating.

When compared to similar fuel-conscious luxury competition like the new 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the A3 diesel stacks up favorably. The HS 250h has a base price of $34,200, excluding an $875 destination charge. Because it’s a hybrid, the fuel-economy numbers are much better for the city than the highway; it has an EPA rating of 35/34 mpg.

By Stephen Markley | September 4, 2009 | Comments (9)
Tags: Audi, Audi A3



The cost difference between the 2.0T and the TDI is actually $1200 as the TDI comes standard with the DSG transmission and the 2.0T does not. The base price of the 2.0T with DSG is $28,750.

Further the mileage difference is even greater as the 2.0T with DSG is rated at 22/28 mpg.

We generally list base price to base price, but thanks for adding the DSG mention. Plus lots of people like the manual in audi's with the 2.0...like me ;)


I think a lot of people would like the manual in the TDI as well but alas the powers that be at Audi won't accommodate.


This clattering stinkmobile makes the Lexus HS250 hybrid look like an outrageous bargain. But it's a free country - if people want to pay 30k to 40k for a rebadged Rabbit, so be it.


If that's what people want to do then so be it. It would be no better or worse a decision than buying a Lexus Avensis...umm...tC...umm...Harmonious Sedan.


Except that the Lexus is a much larger car; a better car with a superior warranty; a faster car with better resale value, and one that uses fuel that costs 12 percent less than diesel fuel.

Idaho Guy

Apparently some people are still ignorant regarding Audi's new TDI technology. Ford needs to get on this bandwagon.


Then go buy one. In the meantime I'm going to get that diesel Excursion I've always wanted and drive it around empty while I run my daily errands, burning as much diesel fuel as I can so our food prices will skyrocket and everyone gets sick from the soot. Furthermore I'm going to jump for joy when I get to give a mechanic a huge payday for replacing my fuel system (even the tank) when I get a bad batch of fuel. And while it's being repaired I'm going to sit back and look at pictures of another example of how our Earth is being destroyed by the huge open pit mines required to find sufficient quantities of the rare earth metals used to build the so-called Harmonious Sedan. But then I'll think to myself who cares because after all the Lexus is a much larger car; a better car with a superior warranty; a faster car with better resale value, and one that uses fuel that costs 12 percent less than diesel fuel; and best of all, flowers will probably bloom on the roadsides as you drive by.

Jim's two cents (plus twelve percent for fuel costs)

Let's talk about gas...diesel nation wide is only 6 cents more than regular gasoline (a 2% difference) and where I am currently living diesel is actually 30 cents cheaper (a 9% difference), as of 18 September, 2009 per the DOE website.

The speed issue. Would someone really send a hybrid Lexus to the track because there is no real use for super fast cars here in the US. And if you drive a hybrid fast, you really defeat the purpose of having a hybrid.

As for the diesel Excursion...that's like comparing an elephant and a gazelle, they certainly each have four legs but they are completely different animals. And a gazelle certainly isn't a rabbit...and it would make sense for a very able and economical car company like toyota, the parent company of Lexus to use the same platform as say a Prius.

Don't get me wrong though, we have a Prius and it ROCKS...It has the full touring package with all the bells and whistles but if we ever wanted to get a camper and hang out in the mountains it's not gonna happen in the Prius and it wouldn't happen in the Lexus either. An diesel Audi can tow things though.

Something else to consider, "The Audi A3 is considered one of Europe’s cleanest and most fuel-efficient passenger cars." (per a hybrid car website) and that stinking dirty diesels are the nightmare remnants of 70's diesel engine technology.

NOTE: Ford makes a small diesel engine that can be found in European Volvo C30 diesels...the same engine that got 100 mpg on a modified C30 (tires and some body work changes) so please let Ford know that they should go to the expense of getting their engine tested and approved in the US. Then I could buy a C30 and not an Audi. I wish that our American car companies were thinking more about clean technology than the they are about retro designs. We wouldn't be having a discussion about gas or diesel, we'd be arguing over hydrogen cell top speeds versus solar power's torque.

Resale value...drive the car into the ground and don't worry about what your neighbors think of your car and you will harm the environment less because you will not have used the energy it takes to build a new car every two years for a decade either.

No one knows what a "better car" is...someone can't judge "better" for me because my lifestyle, personality and usage of the car is completely different than someone elses...if you think putting the Circle L on something automatically makes it "better" then I own a bridge with a Circle L on it that I could be talked into letting go...

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