With only two engines to choose from, prospective Audi A3 buyers aren't spoiled for choice. We take a closer look at the engines fitted to the two derivatives and find out which one is more prone to failure and which one offers the best combination of power, reliability and economy.

When it comes to choosing your next car, selecting the right engine is crucial. You will want to find the right balance of power and economy, especially if you plan on using it as a daily driver. Audi’s A3 range is attractive and versatile and as a premium offering, one wants to make sure that there are no hidden concerns that could result in costly repairs.

Audi offers you two engine options in the A3 sedan and Sportback (hatch). You can choose from a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the 35 TFSI and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the 40 TFSI. No diesel models are available.

The S3 and RS3 offer alternatives in the form of a higher-powered 2.0 in the S3 and a 2.5-litre 5-cylinder in the RS3. For this comparison, however, we’re only looking at the regular A3 models, in regular, Advanced, and S Line trim levels.

what is the best audi a3 engine?

Audi A3 35 TFSI

The 35 TFSI is fitted with a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with the engine code EA211. While initially thought to be a variation of the EA111 engine, the EA211 is an all-new design that uses an aluminium block and cast sleeves. It has a bore and stroke of 80 x 74.5 mm and an integrated exhaust manifold for the turbocharger turbine side.

This engine does away with the timing chain that was previously used in favour of a timing belt, something that VW/Audi claims is good for the life of the engine. Nevertheless, this means that the timing chain concerns in the older 1.4 TSI engines don’t apply to the Audi A3.

This engine produces 110 kW and 250 Nm torque for a 0 to 100 km sprint time of 8.2-seconds. Claimed fuel consumption is 6.2 l/100km for the Sportback and 6.1 l/100km for the sedan variant.

There are no major concerns with this engine and reports so far have been favourable, citing smooth running and acceptable fuel consumption.

what is the best audi a3 engine?

Audi A3 40 TFSI

In the Audi A3 40 TFSI, you get a more powerful 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 140 kW and 320 Nm, making it good for a 7.4-second 0 to 100 km time. Claimed fuel consumption comes in at 6.3 l/100km for the Sportback and 6.2 l/100km for the sedan.

The EA888 engine code of the 40 TFSI may sound familiar; it is the same base design as the engine used in the Golf GTI and Golf R, the VW variants in those models producing significantly more power. The unit used in the current 8Y Audi A3 is the third revision of this engine, version 3B. As such, many of the stories you may have heard of premature failure of the EA888 engine do not apply to this latest generation engine.

Despite the revisions, the EA888 3B engine is still prone to valve coking as an inherent design flaw in TSI systems. Unaddressed, this can cause a reason for concern in higher mileage engines. The 3B is also susceptible to cracked oil filter housings if caution isn’t taken when servicing. Coolant leaks are also more commonplace for the same reason, poor service techniques can result in a cracked thermostat housing.

what is the best audi a3 engine?

Verdict

The Audi 35 TFSI is the more reliable offering with its new engine having ironed out a lot of the issues that used to plague the group’s earlier 1.4 offerings. The EA888 in the 40 TFSI does provide more power and as a detuned version of the unit found in the GTI/R, should last longer than research suggests. For a balance of affordability, durability and power, the 110 kW 35 TFSI is our engine of choice.

Chad LückhoffWith over 18 years of motorsport commentary and a passion for 90s Japanese Sports Cars, Chad Lückhoff is happiest when surrounded by drift cars and smoking tyres. His experience as the Technical Editor of the country’s top tuning magazine means that it’s the nuts and bolts of motoring that tickles his fancy. As comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it, he’ll take you behind the wheel with his video reviews, written recounts, and invoking photography. One of the first to join the AutoTrader fray, Chad has been living his passion at AutoTrader for over 7-years.View News & Reviews

what is the best audi a3 engine?
what is the best audi a3 engine?
what is the best audi a3 engine?
what is the best audi a3 engine?
what is the best audi a3 engine?
what is the best audi a3 engine?
what is the best audi a3 engine?

Keyword: What is the best Audi A3 engine?

CAR'S NEWS RELATED

Foxconn buys land in Saudi Arabia for EV factory

Foxconn is pushing ahead with its plans to produce electric cars in Saudi Arabia. A dedicated plant is to be built for the new electric car brand Ceer, with construction scheduled to start in early 2023. After the contract manufacturer unveiled Saudi Arabia’s first electric car brand called Ceer ...

View more: Foxconn buys land in Saudi Arabia for EV factory

Audi A6, S6 Recalled: Back-Seat Spills Could Cut Engine Power

Audi is recalling 50,883 A6 and A7 cars because a gateway control module could shut down and cut engine power unexpectedly. The problem appears to be caused by liquid spilled in the car’s rear seating area. Audi plans to install a protective cover over the area affected and will ...

View more: Audi A6, S6 Recalled: Back-Seat Spills Could Cut Engine Power

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, 2024 Audi Q6 E-Tron: Car News Headlines

Ford’s Bronco Raptor is now on sale, and we’ve taken another drive in the beast. The high-performance off-roader combines a 418-hp twin-turbo V-6 with the suspension of the bigger F-150 Raptor, enabling it to handle speeds of over 100 mph on essentially any terrain. Audi’s next electric vehicle will ...

View more: 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, 2024 Audi Q6 E-Tron: Car News Headlines

Audi Q6 e-Tron spied testing ahead of release

Spy shooters have caught Audi’s next electric crossover testing at a private proving ground in Germany. jQuery(function(){ if (typeof jwplayer_load == typeof indefined) { var jwplayer_load = 1; jQuery(window).load(function(){ jQuery(".sc_video_shortcode_jwplayer").each(function(){ var _this = $(this); jQuery.get(jQuery(this).attr("url"), function(data, status){ if (typeof data.split("\n") !== typeof undefined) { var src = data.split("\n")[4]; src = ...

View more: Audi Q6 e-Tron spied testing ahead of release

Only 1 New Audi Model Is Reliable, According to Consumer Reports Owner Surveys

How CR ranks vehicles when it comes to reliability The most reliable Audi model still has a few issues What does the Audi A5 offer? Consumer Reports (CR) takes predicted reliability scores seriously when they recommend (or don’t recommend) a vehicle. Each year the publication gathers data from various ...

View more: Only 1 New Audi Model Is Reliable, According to Consumer Reports Owner Surveys

Audi first automaker to receive UK EVA accreditation

Audi says it is the first car manufacturer in the UK to receive a 100 per cent network approval Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation across its entire network of centres. Under the new EVA scheme, all 113 Audi Centres in the UK gained approval. The Electric Vehicle Approved scheme ...

View more: Audi first automaker to receive UK EVA accreditation

Safety Roundup: Audi A5, Honda HR-V and Integra net high safety scores

2023 Audi A5 coupe earns Top Safety Pick+ award Honda HR-V, Acura Integra earn highest award More trucks would benefit from an auto-brake feature Jay Kana Each month sees its fair share of new-car safety news, and in case you couldn’t keep on top of it all, we thought ...

View more: Safety Roundup: Audi A5, Honda HR-V and Integra net high safety scores

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, 1989 Batmobile, 2024 Audi Q6 E-Tron: The Week In Reverse

We spent time in the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, a Batmobile is for sale, and the 2024 Audi Q6 E-Tron continued testing on public roads. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority. After spending two stints in the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, we concluded it delivers ...

View more: 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, 1989 Batmobile, 2024 Audi Q6 E-Tron: The Week In Reverse

Audi Begins Construction on Expanded F1 Facility to Take on the Big Boys

Audi gives update on F1 expansion plans ahead of 2026 entry

2024 Audi A6, 2023 Dodge Challenger: Car News Headlines

Mattia Binotto ‘never had the support of John Elkann, already in talks with Audi’

Valentino Rossi remains Claudio Domenicali's regret

Audi RS6 and RS7 receive power and torque boost in new performance editions

Audi Recalls RS 6 Avant, RS 7 Because Spills in Backseat Could Cut Power

JBL explains why audio quality in the 2022 Toyota Camry is so good

New Audi Q3 First Drive Review

2022 Audi Q3 Review : 7 Pros & 7 Cons

Audi expands Neuburg factory ahead of F1 entry

New 2023 Audi A6 facelift caught testing

OTHER CAR NEWS

;
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network