2015 Audi A3: Checking Tire Pressure
January 8, 2015
We recently tested our 2015 Audi A3 and part of the pre-flight check-in procedure is to check and/or inflate the tires to the recommended values. Often, this means opening the driver's door (or fuel-filler door), checking the placard for the recommended pound-per-square inch (psi) and setting front and rear pressures.
When we checked the A3's doorpost, we found 41 psi front/rear to be the targets. This seemed rather high so we dove into the owner's manual to be certain and found a different story.
More often than not, an owner's manual will show an illustration of a door jam and the location of the placard with the proper values, but the Audi's manual had this matrix. There, somewhere in the middle are the recommended NON-max-load values of 36 psi front, 33 psi rear. The 41 psi wouldn't hurt the tires (and fuel economy might be better), but the ride would have been a bit busy.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor