[Ed. Note: In October QuattroWorld participated in the Audi TDI Challenge were we attempted to drive from Albuquerque to San Diego on one tank of diesel. Here Robert presents the real world side of the A3 TDI]
By Robert S. Schultz
“This is a diesel?”
If ever there was a one-sentence road test report, the above would be it. Surprise and amazement pretty much sum up reaction to the Audi A3 TDI. In part, that’s due to the extensive work Audi has done in cleaning up diesel technology. But it’s also a revealing comment on the state of our understanding of diesels. Stereotypes die hard, despite the efforts of Audi and other auto manufacturers to scrub and burnish the image of contemporary diesels. It’s one thing to hear that they aren’t the noisy, dirty, smelly oil-burners of yore. It’s quite another to experience this transformation firsthand, either behind the wheel or in the passenger seat. To aid in our enlightenment, Audi kindly handed over the keys to a 2015 A3 TDI for a week.