There is a natural progression of actions when making any purchase, especially a purchase that exceeds $27,000. When looking at purchasing a new vehicle it is important to do your research and make sure the car you decide on will meet your needs. Now that we have that out of the way, I want to introduce two cars that have recently been compared simply because of similar fuel economy: The Audi A3 Diesel TDI and the Toyota Prius. Of course, in my opinion there is no competition. The Audi A3 Diesel TDI is the better of the two and here is why. Audi has been building diesel vehicles for over 30 years and believe it or not Audi even experimented with electric powered vehicle prior to that. Diesel is the most efficient form of powering a vehicle right now; just ask the rest of the world. Over 50% of the cars driven world wide are diesel powered, compared to hybrids in the United states at only 3%. Audi has been extremely successful with racing in last century and have continued that success with our diesel powered Le Mans Car.
The 2010 Toyota Prius gets exceptional fuel economy at close to 50 MPG but so does the Diesel A3; so what else is there? Performance, safety reliability, cost of maintenance and the list goes on; but no matter who you are, these items all make a difference. On my list I would start with performance and it is no surprise that the Audi is superior in handling and overall driving characteristics. The S-Tronic transmission that is mated to the 2.0T Diesel engine shifts extremely quickly and very smoothly. As for safety, some might ask what is more important and the truth is nothing. Every car in the Audi line up is a top pick when it comes to safety and the A3 is no exception with top rankings in the small car category. We hear “it’s expensive to maintain a European car…” and that is simply not true with the A3 Diesel. Your first service is complementary and Audi offers a maintenance package for $720 that will cover all routine service needs such as oil and filter replacement, brake fluid flushes, air filters and inspections for 4 years or up to 50,000 miles; not bad. Many people don’t take maintenance into account when considering their new vehicle and with this Audi you are only required to perform a service every 10,000 miles. Compare that with the Hybrid Prius and you can plan on bringing it in at least every 5,000 miles.
I suppose what made me think of this comparison was how many Toyota Prius’s I see on the road – now imagine all of these drivers with a better choice of car, the A3 Diesel. Of course, I am a bit bias considering this is a website for Audi! But the facts are clear, and bias aside, Audi just comes out on top.