Audi Announces Fuel Efficiency And Pricing For A6, A7, Q5 Diesels

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Audi has revealed pricing for its full lineup of diesel models, joining the existing A8 L TDI and Q7 TDI SUV.

Each new model uses the same 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine and 8-speed automatic transmission to deliver strong performance and surprisingly frugal economy figures.

The engine produces 240 horsepower and a useful 428 lb-ft of torque, so Audi buyers still enjoy the sort of punch they'd experience from equivalent gasoline models.

Starting off, the 2014 Audi A6 TDI uses this engine to achieve EPA estimated economy figures of 24 mpg city, 38 highway and 29 combined.

Prices start at $57,500 for the A6 TDI, and there's plenty of equipment on offer. Audi's premium plus package is standard, with MMI Navigation plus, Audi connect, Xenon plus headlights, parking system plus, 18-inch wheels and no doubt some other plus-badged goodies.

With $66,900 in your back pocket the 2014 Audi A7 TDI becomes available, with identical gas mileage figures to the A6 on which it's based.

You also get striking fastback styling for your money, similar equipment levels to the A6--plus Wi-Fi and a 5.5-second 0-60 mph time.

Least expensive of the group is the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI, the marque's smaller SUV model and an alternative to the existing Q5 Hybrid.

$46,500 gets you behind the wheel, $4,400 less than the Hybrid, and economy figures of 24 mpg city, 31 highway and 27 combined are marginally better too.

The same 240 bhp engine found in the A6 and A7 drags you to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds via an 8-speed auto transmission, and again equipment levels match those of the sedan and fastback Audis.

All vehicles should arrive in Audi showrooms from late Summer 2013, and if none are quite what you're looking for, Audi also confirms its A3 Sedan, arriving in 2014, will also have a clean diesel engine in its range.


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Comments (7)
  1. The A7 is a "striking fastback"? Well that is one adjective. But a more fitting would just be "ugly." Its looks evoke the look of the Panamera which is equally unattractive.

    Let's reserve "striking fastback" for the 1968 Ford Mustang, shall we?

  2. ...Comment courtesy of a person which finds the Panamera ugly.

    A7 is a beautiful car, but in spite of that is simply not worth owning because it is

    a) only sold with an automatic transmission
    b) too expensive for what is offered
    c) made by Volkswagen AG.

    "Ugly" is not on that list.

  3. Funny how you do not criticize the Prius or the Nissan Leaf for being ugly, yet they are two of the ugliest vehicles my eyes have ever had the displeasure of seeing.

  4. Have you never seen a VW Jetta Wagon? Makes a Prius look stylish.

  5. Play nice, everyone...

  6. OK fine. Let's say "utilitarian fastback" for the A7. IS that nicer?

    It does provide a lot of practical space.

  7. The Q5 TDI makes no sense at the prices offered. As an owner of a TDI (VW) I expect to pay more than for a car with a gasoline engine, but the additional cost has to be reasonably proportional to the mileage benefit and expected higher resale. Looking at base prices alone, there is $11K difference. It is a deal-killer in a small 'ute. This looks like the same mistake as with pricing for the old Touareg V10 and BMW 335d. Too bad.

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