2015 Audi A3: MPG Does Not Improve in May
June 4, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Audi A3, which is all-wheel drive and powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, only traveled a scant 1,300 miles during the month of May. Basically we've been busy testing other cars, but the A3 remains a staff favorite, and one of my personal favorite cars.
Those 1,300 miles of driving were a mix of environments, from longer highway hauls to the short-trip shuffle on Saturday. And mileage for the five fill-ups ranged from 22.5 mpg to 27.8 mpg.
Not bad considering our heavy right feet and the fact that the A3 is driven almost exclusively with its transmission in Sport mode. This absolutely makes the car more responsive and fun to drive, but it definitely has a negative effect on its fuel efficiency.
Despite that, the A3 averaged 25.2 mpg for the month of May, which is a point higher than its EPA city rating of 24 mpg, but nearly two clicks shy of its combined rating of 27 mpg.
It also mimics the Audi's lifetime mileage. Since it joined our fleet last fall, the A3 has averaged 25.4 mpg.
Worst Fill MPG: 17.8
Best Fill MPG: 33.4
Average Lifetime MPG: 25.4
EPA MPG Rating: 27 Combined (24 City/33 Highway)
Best Range: 418.2
Current Odometer: 10,750
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 10,750 miles