2015 Audi A3 TDI Sportback: First Look

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Competes with: Mercedes-Benz CLA250, Buick Verano, Acura ILX Hybrid

Looks like: Every other Audi, only smaller

Powertrains: 150-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel; six-speed S tronic automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2015

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Audi's expansion of its entry-level A3 lineup continues with the announcement at the 2014 New York International Auto Show that the company will be bringing the A3 Sportback TDI diesel to the U.S. next summer. It will join the A3 sedan currently on sale, the A3 Cabriolet, TDI diesel sedan, Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid and S3 high-performance sedan, all arriving between now and summer 2015.

By Aaron Bragman | April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi Q5 TDI Video

Audi adds a diesel version to the Q5's lineup for 2014, and the new TDI model has plenty of pep and is thrifty at the pump, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. Sport mode makes driving fun, Thomas says, and a pleasant cabin should keep everyone happy. Check out the video above for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi A7 Cars.com Review

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The Audi A7 TDI offers a winning combination of beauty, speed and efficiency says Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman, but one thing it definitely isn't is affordable. The swoopy sedan's base price went up considerably for 2014, and the new TDI model adds even more of a premium. Is it worth it, and how do competitors measure up? Check out the review below.  

2014 Audi A7 Review

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Audi Q5 TDI: Family Review Checklist

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In all aspects of my daily driving needs, the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI worked for me and my family of four. The compact crossover indulged the race-car driver in me, as well as my practical kid-chauffeur. While it's more sporty than posh, I felt spoiled during my weeklong test drive.

But wait, doesn't TDI mean it's some sort of diesel contraption? Yes, it's a diesel, and it packs a punch in the get-up-and-go department. The 240-horsepower, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 makes 428 pounds-feet of torque. It's a beast and I couldn't help but lead foot it everywhere I went. Despite my spirited driving, I managed to average 27.4 mpg during my weeklong test drive; that's right on track with the EPA's 24/31/27 mpg city/highway/combined.

The clean-diesel engine wasn't loud, but I still turned it off in the drive-through; I didn't find the engine noisy from inside the Q5, either. The Q5 handles like a dream. There was hardly any body roll; the braking was spot on, and steering was solid.

By Sara Lacey | December 6, 2013 | Comments (10)

2014 Chevrolet Cruze: Family Review Checklist

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The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze worked for my family of four, as long as there were no surprises, but life is full of them. During my weeklong test drive of the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, there were instances that highlighted the Cruze's lack of flexibility.

During my time in the Cruze, I had a family emergency that required taking an older adult to the hospital. The Cruze's low roofline made getting in it difficult, and I hated even thinking about taking the Cruze for the emergency-room run. So, I didn't use the sedan. I also didn't drive the Cruze when my son and his friend decided to go to an ice rink. Both of them, my daughter, their two hockey bags and sticks didn't come close to fitting in the Cruze.

I did drive the Cruze diesel for errands and meeting up with friends. The 2014 Cruze's 151-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine makes 264 pounds-feet of torque. It was plenty powerful on the highway and city streets, though I had to work with the throttle. The Cruze diesel gets an EPA-estimated 27/46/33 mpg city/highway/combined. In my test drive, I averaged 36.4 mpg, beating the EPA's combined number. From the driver's seat, it's difficult to hear the clean-diesel engine, but in the drive-through lane I usually turned the Cruze off to prevent issues with my order due to the somewhat loud engine noise outside the car.

By Sara Lacey | November 29, 2013 | Comments (3)

Video: Diesel Pump Anxiety

Forget range anxiety. Whenever I pull into a gas station with a diesel-powered car, I cringe and wait for the inevitable admonishment: "Wait! That pump is diesel!" exclaims the gas station attendant over the intercom. Imagine his surprise when I explain that I'm in the right place with my Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta or Audi A8.

Apparently Audi has also picked up on this trend, and has taken it to hilarious heights in a new ad. Watch the video above.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 14, 2013 | Comments (4)

Mazda6 Diesel Delayed, but More Diesels Could Follow

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Mazda officials told us at this month's Mazda3 preview that more Mazda diesels could be on the way if shoppers snap up the Mazda6 diesel. But we won't know that until next year — the automaker pushed back the oil-burning version of its redesigned family sedan from late 2013 to a spring 2014 launch.

"Based on the reception that [the Mazda6] receives, we will determine whether we add [diesels] to other vehicle lines," Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes told us Sept. 18.

That would make Mazda the latest automaker to board the small but growing affordable-diesel bandwagon. Up until recently, the only small non-luxury diesel sedan was Volkswagen's Jetta TDI. Volkswagen doesn't regularly break out Jetta TDI sales, and two spokesmen did not immediately provide figures. But 38.5% of new Jetta inventory on Cars.com are TDIs, which suggests the diesel is a popular choice for Jetta shoppers. VW added a TDI version to its U.S. Beetle for 2013, and GM threw its hat in the ring with the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, which went on sale earlier this year.

By Kelsey Mays | September 23, 2013 | Comments (11)

Prime the Pump on Your Fuel Knowledge

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Most of us don't likely give much thought to the fuel we put in our vehicle's tank. It's supposed to take regular gas? We use regular. Oh, it's a diesel? We use diesel. But knowing the differences in the various types of fuel and how they work can help you see the advantages and disadvantages of each, which might influence your car-buying decision. Remember, knowledge is power, so fill up on fuel facts about gasoline, ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen and electric by following the link below.

Fuel 101: What You Need to Know About What You Put in Your Car

By Matt Schmitz | August 17, 2013 | Comments (1)

Are There Any Small Diesel Cars?

"Are there any small diesel cars?"

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Chevrolet, Volkswagen and Audi currently offer a diesel engine in compact-size cars.

The current compact diesel cars are the Audi A3 TDI and Volkswagen Beetle TDI, Golf TDI and Jetta TDI, all of which use VW's turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel went on sale in select markets in June and is scheduled to be available nationally in the fall. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with EPA-estimated 27/46 mpg city/highway, which is the highest highway rating of any non-hybrid passenger car. The combined city/highway rating of 33 mpg, however, is one short of VW's TDI.

You can read our first-drive impressions of the Cruze diesel here. The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender, found here, can help you determine which diesel-powered car is best for your needs and budget.

Have a car question you'd like us to answer? Send us an email at tips@cars.com.

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By Rick Popely | August 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen to Offer New Diesel Engine

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Come late 2014, the Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta will offer a new turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that could get as high as 46 mpg highway in EPA figures. Final numbers are still pending, but Volkswagen announced that its new turbo-diesel four-cylinder — dubbed EA288 — will replace the existing turbo-diesel four-cylinder (shown above) in TDI versions of all four 2015 models.

Volkswagen notes that it has sold more than 47,000 diesel cars in the U.S. year to date, which represents more than three-fourths of all diesels sold here.

The engine has similarities to its predecessor — turbocharging and direct injection — and it should have the same 2.0-liter displacement, spokesman Mark Gillies told us. Beyond that, Volkswagen says it has a slew of new features, including better exhaust-gas treatment, numerous friction reductions and integration of the intercooler with the engine’s intake manifold. If that’s all Greek to you, VW says the end result should improve gas mileage and sharpen accelerator response. The new diesels also have slightly more oomph: 150 horsepower versus the outgoing TDI’s 140 hp. Torque remains the same, with a diesel-appropriate 236 pounds-feet.

By Kelsey Mays | August 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

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