Last year, Audi announced that it was expanding its lineup of TDI models for 2014 with the Q5, A6 and A7 joining the diesel-burning Q7 and A8 L models already in existence. The Q7 TDI has been out for a few years now and we recently drove the A8 L TDI, but now Audi has released the pricing, performance and fuel economy details for the 2014 Q5 TDI, A6 TDI and the ever-stylish A7 TDI. Down the road, Audi has also promised a TDI version of the next-generation A3 that will debut for 2014.

Until the new A3 TDI shows up, the Q5 will be the most affordable diesel model in Audi's lineup, with a starting price of $46,500 to go with fuel economy estimates of 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The closely related A6 and A7 will get identical fuel economy numbers of 24 city and 38 highway in diesel form, with the A6 TDI starting at $57,500 and the A7 TDI starting at $66,900. In the three new TDI applications, Audi's 3.0-liter V6 produces 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, and all models are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Scroll down for videos (stock running footage) and more information on the Q5 TDI, A6 TDI and A7 TDI, all of which go on sale in late summer.




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Audi announces pricing and fuel economy for 2014 Audi A6, A7 and Q5 TDI® clean diesel vehicles
-Audi expands TDI lineup with 2014 Audi A6, A7 and Q5 TDI models
-New TDI clean diesel models join the newly-introduced A8 L TDI, and highly-successful Q7 TDI

Audi today announced pricing and fuel economy figures for the 2014 A6, A7 and Q5 TDI® models, expected to begin arriving at U.S. dealers in late Summer 2013.

EPA estimated fuel economy figures for the new clean diesel introductions are as follows:
-2014 Audi A6 TDI – 24 city/ 38 highway/ 29 combined MPG
-2014 Audi A7 TDI – 24 city/ 38 highway/ 29 combined MPG
-2014 Audi Q5 TDI – 24 city/ 31 highway/ 27 combined MPG

The 2014 Audi A6, A7 and Q5 TDI models join the newly-introduced 2014 Audi A8 L TDI clean diesel (EPA estimated 24 city/ 36 highway/ 28 combined MPG) and the 2014 Audi Q7 TDI (EPA estimated 19 city/ 28 highway / 22 combined MPG). The all-new Audi A3 sedan arriving in 2014, will also be available with a TDI clean diesel engine.

"Audi has been at the forefront of clean diesel since the introduction of Audi TDI technology in the U.S. in 2009," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "As drivers increasingly look for high fuel efficiency and low-emissions output, demand for diesel is on the rise. The introduction of the highly-efficient Audi A6, A7 and Q5 TDIs continue Audi's commitment to clean diesel technology and further the brand's focus on balanced performance solutions that improve efficiency and driving dynamics."

TDI technology delivers up to 30 lower carbon dioxide emissions than gasoline engines, resulting in fewer trips to the fuel pump without sacrificing performance.

2014 Audi A6 TDI
Starting at $57,500, the 2014 A6 TDI performance sedan achieves an impressive EPA estimated fuel economy of 24 city/ 38 highway/ 29 combined MPG. At the same time, the 6-cylinder clean diesel engine with 8-speed Tiptronic® transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive generates a powerful 240hp and 428lb-ft torque, seamlessly launching from 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds.

For 2014, the A6 TDI starts with the Premium plus package that includes standard MMI® Navigation plus, Audi connect® with Google Earth™ mapping, Audi MMI® touch that recognizes handwriting, Audi advanced key, Xenon plus headlights, Audi parking system plus, 18-inch wheels and more. With additional available driver assistance systems such as night vision assistant, head-up display and Audi pre sense plus that helps detect imminent collisions and initiate protective measures when needed, the A6 TDI is one of Audi's most innovative and technologically-advanced vehicles to-date that can make 2,000 decisions per second to help assist drivers.

The A6 TDI will go on sale in late Summer 2013 and joins an expanding model lineup including the A6 2.0T, A6 3.0T and S6.

2014 Audi A7 TDI
The perfect blend of progressive design, technology, and versatile space, the 2014 Audi A7 TDI – the first clean diesel five-door coupe – starts at $66,900 and will also go on sale in Summer 2013. Not only does the A7 TDI deliver a striking and dramatic design, but it also offers remarkable efficiency with an EPA estimated fuel economy of 24 city/ 38 highway/ 29 combined MPG.

At the same time, the 6-cylinder clean diesel engine with 8-speed Tiptronic transmission produces 240hp and 428lb-ft torque, completing the 0-60 MPH sprint in 5.5 seconds.

The 2014 A7 TDI starts with the Premium plus package that includes a host of technology and driver assistance features as standard equipment. The A7 was the first car in the world to feature available factory-installed Wi-Fi for up to eight passenger devices through Audi connect, and MMI navigation plus with 3D Google Earth maps.

The A7 TDI marks the expansion of the A7 model line, which for 2014 will also include the all-new RS 7 – the most powerful RS model ever offered in the U.S – the A7 3.0T, and the Audi S7.

2014 Audi Q5 TDI
The Audi Q5 – one of the best-selling models in the Audi lineup – is for the first time available with a TDI engine for the 2014 Model Year, allowing for better fuel economy and increased torque. Starting at $46,500, the Q5 TDI boasts an EPA estimated 24 city/ 31 highway/ 27 combined MPG, as well as a V6 engine with eight-speed Tiptronic transmission that generates 240 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. The Q5 accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 6.5 seconds.

Sporty and sophisticated, the Q5 TDI blends the handling of a sport sedan, higher ground clearance of an SUV, and the cabin of a luxury vehicle. The exterior, available in new metallic colors – Maya Brown, Volcano Red, and Lava Gray – features dramatic wheels, aluminum roof rails, a gracefully-sloped roof and unmistakably Audi LEDs. Inside, the Q5 TDI comfortably seats five passengers, is filled with luxurious leather, and offers advanced technology features, such as available MMI Navigation plus and Audi connect. With its Audi quattro all-wheel drive, spacious interior and enhanced efficiency, the Audi Q5 TDI offers practical solutions for recreation and everyday driving.

The expansion of the 2014 Q5 model line will also include the addition of the Audi SQ5 – the first-ever S variant of any Audi Q model – which generates an impressive 354 hp. Q5 models with a four-cylinder 2.0T engine, six-cylinder 3.0T engine, and hybrid engine will also be available in 2014.

Watch the Audi TDI clean diesel "Fuel for Thought" video here: http://youtu.be/MzdTiMU-_QA

ABOUT AUDI
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

All prices listed are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price and exclude transportation, taxes, title, options and dealer charges.

Where stated, fuel economy values are EPA estimates. Mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.


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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      For roughly the same price, the Touareg TDI seems to be the better buy than the Q5 TDI. Bigger, more capable (towing/braking/etc) with a similar if not better interior. If handling is a requirement, you shouldn't be considering either vehicle, although the Q5 does weigh less and thus handle better. Either way, I'm glad to see more diesels. Now sell the A3 Sportback with a TDI, and preferably a manual option.
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Valid point about the Touareg. If I'm not mistaken the MB GLK250 Bluetec starts under 40k and would be the closest competitor to the Q5 TDI. The GLK is rated at 33 MPG HWY but is also down on power compared to the Q5 TDI by quite a bit. Depending on the standard options on the Q5 compared to the GLK would determine which one is a better value. Check the relevant options on the GLK (lighting package(xenons), leather package (NOT MB-tex), premium package(panorama roof), multimedia package(navigation), heated seats and it's still under 50k. I believe the Q5 TDI will be equipped much like a Premium Plus meaning it will come with xenons, panorama roof, heated leather seats standard and have navigation upgrade a $3500 option putting it right at 50k. If this were the case the Q5 might be the better option due to its engine and it would be about 4k cheaper than a similarly equipped Touareg.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob
          IMHO, the base (Sport) trim is the way to go on the Touareg. The pleather is indestructable and more comfortable than leather anyway,a sunroof is just added weight and less headroom, you can get a better audio system for the money than the B&O aftermarket, etc. Once you start looking at the higher trims on the Touareg, you should probably consider a Cayenne instead, since that opens up the truly desirable options. You're right about the GLK; that 2.1L diesel in the Merc has very respectable specific output, although the vehicle styling is pretty polarizing. Really, any of the diesel crossovers (Jeep included) are a great choice. I'm not even a crossover kind of guy, but driving my wife's Touareg TDI puts a smile on my face.
        atc98092
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Yep, it is bigger, but I don't need bigger. My Tiguan is fine, but I would like the extra touches that Audi puts in their interiors. My daughter had a Tourareg (gas) a number of years ago, and while she liked it my wife always thought it was too big. Don't think I could talk her into a new Treg. Still, I may need to look closer at it, now that I've seen the Q5 pricing. What remains is what comes standard and what options (with prices) are available for the Q.
      flanders2520
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's about time! Americans really need to have their eyes opened when it comes to modern diesel technology...something the whole world basically already knows. Fast, efficient, clean, quiet, and all that torque. I recently moved to Europe and have been enjoying this similar combination in my 2006 Audi allroad with the 3.0 TDI motor. I easily avg. 45 mpg on the freeway at 70 mph and about 32 mpg around town...even better with a light foot sometimes seeing almost 40 mpg. This new is even faster and more efficient and should easily beat the recommended avg. mpg. Add the fact the this motor pulls like a freight train and will have a better resale value too.
      xdeanlim
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dunno. I just bought a 2013 A6 2.0. It gets 24 city, 33 highway and to be honest that's a conservative figure. I've already beaten that consistently. Yes, the car is not as powerful as a diesel nor is it as torquee. But the fuel cost $.20 less per gallon and I got my "Premium Plus" ( real dumb nomenclature btw ) for $37k - that's $20k less than the diesel version. I'm 2/3 of a way to an A3 for my wife with that discrepancy. That's compelling math.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xdeanlim
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          xdeanlim
          • 1 Year Ago
          It was timing plus some inside knowledge. For every three A4 buyers there is only one A6 buyers. And most of the R&D goes into the A4, so when you sell an A6 the profit margin is much greater. So when dealers get their hands on an A6-er motivated to buy they fight to keep them. Plus, I live in Los Angeles where there are 8 Audi dealers within 20 miles of me. So, I played each of them against one another with printouts of my candidates. Eventually I settled on an A6 2.0 Premium Plus with an original sticker of just over $47k (they had it for sale for $42k) and I said with all their incentives and costumer cash offers I'd snag the car for $38k. They laughed. I walked. They called. I said $37k or I'll just buy from the dealer closer to me. If this were an A4 there's no way I'm getting 22% off. Or even if this was an A6 Quattro with the sports suspension. And it sure as hell wouldn't be happening for the diesel. But for what I was looking for, it was more than possible.
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      It doesn't add up, Q5 gets 31 hwy mpgs and has a 0-60 of 6.5, while A6 and A7 get 38 hwy mpgs and 0-60 in 5.5. Same output and likely similar weight yet the outcome is so different...I wonder why.
        Kronos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        Doesn't sound right to me either. The A6 3.0T can barely achieve a 5.5s 0-60, so I think it's a typo. Wouldn't be the first for a press release... I'd expect something closer to 6.5, comparable to the Q5 as it should be.
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        Different drag coefficiend. Q5 is taller so there's greater air resistance at higher (highway) speed.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @May
          Shouldn't affect the 0-60 though. 31 MPG highway seems about right for the Q5 TDI, consider it's right between the Touareg TDI (29 MPG) and GLK250 diesel (33 MPG) in weight/size. 38 MPG highway for the others seems pretty optimistic though, considering the tiny golf/jetta get 42.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @May
          As you know, EPA and real world mileage are not always the same. The "tiny" Jetta and Golf average about 38 with 60-70% around town driving, and are very capable of 50+ MPG on long highway jaunts. 38 sounds about right for these bigger, heavier cars. You also have to remember that these also have 8 spd transmissions, whereas the Golf/Jetta have 6 spds.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Carzone
      • 1 Year Ago
      Diesel car is the dead end. Unless it goes to Diesel Hybrid. Only Hybrid can save Diesel.
        guyverfanboy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carzone
        That sounds ridiculous. Something like 50% of cars in Europe are diesel, so far be it that diesel cars are dead. Have you ever thought of how many semi-trucks use diesel? Diesel is far from dead.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carzone
        Every technology in every industry is a "dead end", because something better will come along one day. Right now, diesel cars deliver unmatched range, fuel economy, and driveability.
      Carzone
      • 1 Year Ago
      24MPG city? Another Fail of TDI.
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carzone
        It's just EPA rating which consistently underrates diesel cars. If you won't floor it 26-28 mpg is absolutely doeable.
        Vinuuz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carzone
        Dude, wake up. With a v6 engine and so much torque, how many mid size luxury cars get you 24 mpg city mpg? Forget luxury cars, even the family sedans barely give you 25-26 mpg. While there is definitely a price premium to pay for the diesel engine, the fuel efficiency gains are irrefutable. Don't tell me that Tesla does better, of course it does - but try going on a road trip of 2000 miles in one of them through a lot of random forest parks and beaches etc.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Fuelly average for Lexus ES300H: 37.5 MPG Fuelly average for Passat TDI: 40 MPG Real-world MPG numbers, the diesel outperforms the hybrid.
          Carzone
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Lexus ES300h can give you 40MPG city/39MPG HWY.Beautifully balanced. 24MPG VS 40MPG. You can feel the difference.
          Vinuuz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vinuuz
          And in what segment does the Lexus ES300 compare to the Audis? Does it have the same performance? Same quattro handling? Same transmission response? Go back to under the rock from where you came out.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Passat TDI has been available for a while. What took them so long to rebadge it?
        Vinuuz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Once again - go back under the rock.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Passat is a transverse family sedan platform. A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, and R8 are all on longitudinal platforms set up for performance AWD. If you don't know the difference, you'd save yourself a lot of humiliation by just staying quiet.
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          wait, you are telling me that they don't use the same crappy, poorly engineered, unreliable, prone to catching fire engine in all those cars?
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buying a Audi with diesel engine is like buying Diet Pepsi to go with Double Whopper and large fries.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait to see the new TDIs in the showrooms. Luxury, style and efficieny all in one nice package.
      Vinuuz
      • 1 Year Ago
      The numbers from the A6 and A7 are impressive. Given the tendency of highway numbers being routinely beaten by diesel cars, I expect real world numbers to easily crest 40 mpg. That would definitely be massive driving range in supreme comfort. Audi seems to have all the bases covered - base A6 for the leasing customer, the fantastic performance in the S6/S7 form, the super efficient TDIs now to add to all those. Even the GS and M hybrid don't hit these fuel efficiency numbers (of course, those hybrids were designed to aid performance).
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vinuuz
        Even more impressive when you consider that these are quattro vehicles as well. The numbers are not terribly far off of what the VW TDIs offer (EPA) and that's with 100 fewer HP and FWD only. Mighty impressive.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @montoym
          These audis all use urea injection, which only the VW Touareg and Passat TDIs use. The Jetta/Golf/Beetle use restrictive catalytic systems that hurt fuel economy.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @montoym
          Chris, the Passat TDI gets better mileage than the Beetle TDI despite weighing a lot more, because it uses urea injection. Not that the VWs with the catalyst exhaust systems are bad (they still get incredible mileage), it's just that the urea system is more efficient. It's just heavier/more expensive/requires more maintenance.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @montoym
          "Makes you wonder what the smaller VW's would do with urea instead?" We'll find out with the upcoming Golf VII. Estimates are in the neighborhood of 46 MPG highway EPA, which means 50 MPG real-world no sweat.
          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          @montoym
          @ Matt: I'm aware. I'm still impressed. That's a lot to overcome and still offer stellar mileage. These vehicles are heavier, larger engines, more powerful, and have quattro and they still nearly match the VW 2.0L on efficiency. Makes you wonder what the smaller VW's would do with urea instead?
          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          @montoym
          That's 10% better than the current model, not too bad. Throw a 7spd DSG on them and see another 5%+ as well.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Diesel is the cheapest fuel at my local station. Petrol prices went thru the roof in the Midwest lately. Diesel stayed about the same.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        Why are you @Ss clowns voting it down? Read the news. Diesel is the cheapest fuel for much of the US.
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