by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on October 15, 2015
Last Saturday our long-term 2015 Audi A3 and I spent 500 miles together. Such a day of driving can kill a friendship, or worse, end a love affair.
Not this time. The Audi and I are still hot for each other.
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 18,608 miles on October 5, 2015
In August and September combined, we drove our long-term 2015 Audi A3 about 2,500 miles and averaged 25.2 miles per gallon of 91 octane. Those miles included a grand mix of environments, from longer highway hauls to the short-trip shuffle on Saturdays.
Mileage for the nine fill-ups ranged from 20.7 mpg to 29.2 mpg.
August 17, 2015
It's been a while since the last fuel economy update on our 2015 Audi A3. Since that post in June (for the month of May) we've added almost 5,000 miles to the A3's odometer. Multiple road trips to Idaho and Northern California helped pile on the miles.
As a result, the A3 has increased its lifetime mpg and improved its best fill.
July 26, 2015
I picked up our repaired 2015 Audi A3 in Boise, Idaho, 900 miles from home. There were several return routes to choose from, and I decided on a modified version of the route our team took when they picked up the 1989 Yugo GVL.
I planned to mirror their trip from Boise to Twin Falls via Interstate 84, then south on U.S. Route 93 to Ely, Nevada. From there I would divert to U.S. Route 6 and Nevada State Route 318 to reconnect with 93, ultimately hitting Interstate 15 near Las Vegas. After a night in Sin City, I'd travel south on I-15 and take I-10 west to the California Route 57 home.
I grabbed a few large bottles of water and began my journey back to California.
June 22, 2015
I don't remember visiting Idaho before. It has never come up. That changed this week. Someone found a unique classic car for our long-term test fleet, and I went along to help get it home in one piece. I figured the 2015 Audi A3 would be the right car for the job. Besides, I had already loaded the trunk with the replacement tires our new acquisition would need.
We chose U.S. Route 395 up California's eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada. It's a slightly more direct route than the interstate options, but the real reason was we figured the scenery would be more beautiful.
This was a good move.
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.
May 5, 2015
Here is the April fuel economy for our 2015 Audi A3. Last month we covered 1,717 miles, which is right on pace with our monthly goal. We would have missed the mark if not for a weekend over-and-back to Phoenix to visit family. Take the jump for an A3 fuel economy recap.
April 7, 2015
In addition to the usual day-to-day duties, our long-term 2014 A3 has spent some time with editor Brent Romans and made a day trip out to the desert.
March 26, 2015
Recently, a few of us in the office decided to attend the 2015 BNP Paribas tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Adjacent to Palm Springs, Indian Wells is about 140 miles from our offices in Santa Monica. This tennis tournament, though not as significant as grand slam events like Wimbledon or the U.S. Open, is still a major tournament with all the top players. I also noticed that Audi was a major sponsor of the tournament this year. Our long-term 2015 Audi A3 seemed like a natural fit to drive to the event.
March 6, 2015
February is the shortest month and not exactly prime road-trip season. Our long-term 2015 Audi A3 consumed 40.8 gallons of fuel over 957 miles. We managed to earn a new "worst" fill of 17.8 mpg, and with the other three stops at the pump, the monthly fuel economy worked out to 23.5 miles per gallon, just a tick under the EPA estimate for city driving.
February 4, 2015
In January, our long-term 2015 Audi A3 added 1,195 miles to its odometer while consuming just shy of 45 gallons of California's premium 91-octane gasoline. All up, this equates to 26.7 mpg for the month.
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.
January 7, 2015
We missed last month's fuel economy update, so this report sees almost 2,000 miles added to our 2015 Audi A3's odometer. Our A3 didn't take any big road trips during that time. It was on mixed city and highway duty. Still, the miles-per-gallon average seems to be holding rather steady. Here are the most recent stats:
November 5, 2014
Here is the October fuel economy update for our long-term 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic. This month we picked it up new in Texas and drove back 1,400 miles to California. A summary of that road trip is still being generated but I can tell you this introduction photo shoot was shot along the way.
October 23, 2014
After giving the Mercedes-Benz CLA a try for a year, we figured the new A3 would be an interesting follow-up. With a base price of just over $30K, the A3 costs roughly the same and offers similar equipment and space. But does it offer something the Mercedes doesn't?