• Dec 3, 2009

Audi A3 TDI - Click above for high-res image gallery

At the LA Auto Show this morning, the Audi A3 TDI was crowned the 2010 Green Car of the Year, wresting the title away from last year's winner, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Even though three hybrids made this year's list of finalists, the A3's win marks the second year in a row that a TDI diesel car took top honors in the Green Car Journal competition.

The judges selection kind of meshes with AutoblogGreen readers, who overwhelmingly picked the VW Golf TDI from the list of five finalists. The other contenders were the Honda Insight, the Mercury Milan Hybrid (we still don't get why this car beat out the better-selling and nearly identical Ford Fusion Hybrid) and the Toyota Prius.

Each year, Green Car Journal picks the five finalists and then hands over selection duties to celebrity jurors (Jay Leno, Carroll Shelby, and the Sierra Club's Carl Pope, to name a few). During the award ceremony, Green Car Journal editor Ron Cogan said that the five finalists are notable because they are all mainstream vehicles that are available today. They exist because that's what the market is asking for. Whaddya think? Is the A3 TDI this year's rightful Green Car of the Year?



[Source: Green Car Journal]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Green and diesel? That's two words that shouldn't go together...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I drove a jetta TDI and the beetle TDI, and they both were a great little engines. it is very quiet and very economical. I would really like a A3 TDi if I see it in the US. Or is it already in the US??
        • 5 Years Ago
        The A3 TDI started showing up at US dealerships in November. Demand seems to be outpacing supply right now, as some dealers have waiting lists and are asking more than MSRP. However, production hasn't fully ramped up yet, and probably won't for another month or so, given the two-week shutdown for Xmas. It's also been reported that the first 6 months' production is spoken for between existing orders & dealer allocations -- so if you placed a factory order today, it wouldn't be built until at least May.

        I drove the Eurospec TDI a couple months back when my dealer had it for a few days -- it's almost impossible to tell the difference between the diesel & gasoline versions. I liked it so much that I put down a deposit for one; expected delivery is in early February.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Does the A3 have the same 140hp TDI shared by the Jetta and Golf?
      I understand there's a 170hp TDI engine in Europe. If anything, they should
      put that engine in the Audi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rightful... you bet, without a doubt. In my opinion, no other car in the market so skillfully combines sport, lux, storage, practicality, simplicity, and style

      Kudos Audi
        • 5 Years Ago
        you read my mind.
        audi rocks.

        soon it wil take over the title from bmw as the biggest premium producer.
        keep on the work, audi
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hells yes. A TDI is fun to drive. Bring over the Quattro w/ stick or DSG, and I'll fork over the cash for it....
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's reported that:

        "in the U.K., the CO2 emission of Audi A3 2.0 TDI with DSG transmission is rated 143g/km, not much better than "am over 2 tonnes, not that efficient" Lexus RX hybrid that is rated 148g/km."

        Ouch!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Make mine a stick. Diesel sticks are fun to drive - it's like having your own little semi truck.

        Sadly, the A3 is only DSG.

        No sale.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know that they already have the TDI however it doesn't have AWD or stick shift... I think that this car deserves the title, and also, this is what the market is asking for.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, I wish they had the Quattro on this car, or have it in the A4 also. The TDI makes more sense than a Hybrid car with 1000 lbs on batteries in the trunk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 170PS quattro S-line is my personal favorite. More thirsty than the 1.9 but still very good for the power and grip it gives.

      I dont understand why Audi keep some of the better cars here in europe instead of spreading them around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a bad choice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Definitely deserves it.. Though I'm more than likely buying a Golf TDI next year because you can get it with a 6-sp manual... and essentially it's the same car for over 10 grand less anyway.

      No stick = no buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be great if the "cars the market was asking for" were also "the cars that we will be getting"!
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