Following the A8 L TDI and Q7 TDI, Audi is now launching a new range of TDI Clean Diesel models in the United States. The new arrivals include the 2014 Audi A6, A7 and Q5. The popularity of diesel is rapidly growing in the U.S. and Audi is one of the first car makers to offer this variety of TDI models in that market.
The main attraction of diesel cars is, of course, the excellent fuel economy (30% better fuel economy and 30% lower carbon dioxide emissions compared to petrol engines). So let’s see what these new models have to offer, and are they worth considering.
First, there is the 2014 A6 TDi, an executive saloon that is discretely sporty and maybe a tad bland, at least when you compare it to rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Powered by a 240hp and 428lb-ft torque V6 engine, this car delivers an EPA estimated fuel economy of 24 city/ 38 highway/ 29 combined MPG. Thanks to an 8-speed transmission and AWD quattro system, it goes form 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Starting price: $57,500.
The 2014 Audi A7 TDI is a more interesting prospect than the A6. It has the same specs: 240hp and 428lb-ft torque V6; 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds; and EPA ratings of 24 city/ 38 highway/ 29 combined MPG. Where it excels is the design. The A7 is Audi’s offering in the prestigious four-door coupe segment. The only drawback with this car is the price tag. Starting price: $66,900.
Finally, there’s the Audi Q5 TDI. The Q5 is regarded in Europe as one of the most boring cars in the compact crossover segment. And the diesel engine does not help. The car comes with the same V6 engine as the models mentioned above, but because it is heavier, 0 to 60 takes 6.5 seconds, and fuel economy ratings are slightly worse: 24 city/ 31 highway/ 27 combined MPG. Starting price: $46,500.
All models benefit from a full range of features, including available Audi Connect services, such as MMI Navigation plus, Audi connect with Google Earth mapping, Audi MMI touch that recognizes handwriting, Audi advanced key, Xenon plus headlights, Audi parking system, and…