Combine as want their body, whether manual transmission 6 speed DSG 7 and Steptronic 8- or commercial definitions depending on whether or not the versions are oriented range of maximum efficiency -Ultra instead of Clean Diesel in the case of the Audi A3 and Efficient Dynamics Edition in the BMW 1 Series. But whatever the final composition you do, you will be faced with two vehicles that, though you what you propose, you'll ever see on your computer double-digit consumer. No need to try it, I already tried rolling uninterruptedly in Inta ring and has cost me sweat in vain. As I said, under definitions 1.6 TDi / 110 and 116d encuentrasal Audi A3 Y BMW 1 Series with specifications so different that should go minimally in detail.
Clean Diesel has happened today has become the standard name for all engines in Audi and passed to Euro VI, evolution also held in the A3 TDi Ultra, besides specific oils, lowered ride height by springs, also, less elastic and especially one different internal relationship for the gearbox, homologated consumption of less than 5/10 liter that Clean Diesel versions, these, yes, open to endless possibilities for customization -from the automatic S-Line- package.
Our first contact with the renewed BMW 1 Series in general and 116d in particular has been, you see a "peculiar" changing version Steptronic 8 combined relations with the line M-Sport trim, which implies cushioning and wheels sporting orientation among many other details, but let's start with what is truly important: yesterday to today, BMW 1 116d have lost a cylinder; and all, whether or not EfficientDynamics Editon -EDE from now- bear the same 1.5 liters con 109 hp -before had two engines: 1.6 and 2.0 liters. Like the Audi A3 TDi Ultra, the EDE program involves, among major variations, an approach different transmission abiertas- -marchas longer, but also a Cx improved .29 -0.30 in normal, same value as A3, whether or Ultra- Clean Diesel.
In the present case, the automatic transmission involves moving a seventh and eighth march of 53.1 and 68.3 km / h per 1000 rpm, respectively, compared with 50.6 and 59.1 of the manual bearing the EDE fifth and sixth -48.1 and 56.3 for 116 normal order. For the purposes of consumption approved, the thing is as follows: 3.4 l / 100 km for EDE, 3.7 for normal BMW 116d and 3.6 for automatic. See, developments locomotive automatic version not compensate for the greater heat exchange perhaps, the main "leakage" power"- torque converter compared to more frugal 116d, although on paper, are exceptional records.
Of those TDI-e ... These Ultra. And of those EDE, to the new times. In the case of Audi A3 TDI Ultra, We are 8 years ahead of him Audi A3 with optimized consumption moved by a 1.9 TDi with box 5 gear. Almost a decade in which Diesel has made great strides and, between better Stop&Start and clear improvements in urban consumption figures, has managed to release bad smoke the city, although road years ago and we got to see lows today are virtually impossible to overcome. Case Audi A3 Ultra TDi -you do extensible to Volkswagen Golf and Seat Leon equivalents- is a clear example: 7.52 l / 100 km in city of those TDi-e today are 5.2 in Ultra, although the figure both cars in our demanding road circuit is identical: 4.3 l / 100 km moving now, I remind you, a gear, a smaller engine and lighter structure.
Case BMW 1 Series 116d It is more difficult to analyze given the "interference" which implies consumption records said automatic transmission, although data from the old BMW 116d They are more relevant: 4.2 l / 100 km for EDE and the same 4.6 liters achieved today by the unit tested for the previous 116d with a watered-down version of the 2.0-liter engine. In short, in the case of versions focused on ultra efficiency, I do not deny that progress on emissions, touch and urban consumption has been exponential, but much of the grandstanding figures of consumption you hear at street level due to a factor that manufacturers are also taking him juice: call "downspeeding"; Come on, we move today speed clearly slower than a decade ago. It is not the case of our journey by road: same route and time spent, the minute since Freeway is Freeway.
That said, I also recognize that the new tricilíndrico not feel anything wrong to BMW 1 Series 116d, even comparing it with the old 116d powered two clearly limited electronically liters and with a progression that twitched for feeling so hamstrung in its thrust. He new 1.5 You will not have the fine and round this turn, but its power comes smoothly and stretches with the DNA of the brand, something more and better than most "traditional" Audi engine. Although more grunt, the acoustics of this engine under the premium package treatment BMW 1 Series, It involves no loss of refinement, although overall sticks out he Audi A3 TDi work Ultra with a Total balance. The price to pay for a version Ultra resilience is somewhat slower than the Clean Diesel identical engine, plus 300 euros extra costs, if only you can choose the Attracted finish. Although firmer and low performance and comfort remain the real strengths of a A3 that, refinement, pleasure, driving feel and effectiveness, as a whole, still believe that represents the best example of the category. Compared to 1 Series goes without saying that its chassis is above the possibilities of your engine, but it is appreciated that even these versions of Access retain that brilliant dynamic and agile handling, in my case, only penalized for a direction which, although very accurate, I feel certain "ups and downs" assistance when you correct the trajectory slightly straight.
In a nutshell
Acceleration: Tables. Focused on saving their locomotive developments are not a handicap this year in which is put into play all available power. His times are even in line with good compact 120 hp engines.
Frenada: Approved. Figures throwing normal in the case of A3, with its tire "echo" 205 mm. BMW is unable to take advantage of its biggest brake system and superior equipment Optional wheels size XXL.
Sonority: The price of quality. Impeccable wheelers, if there is one aspect that can be seen where he might be hiding the extra cost is this. Regardless, the BMW engine feels more raucous than the Audi.
Recovery: Push vs savings. Unequal comparison given the difference in transmissions. Although both defined relationship changes with a final relief focused; in any of the above, the answer is more than satisfactory for the available power.
PowerEngines "identical" where delivered torque and operating power and common sense as far lead us to stretch, while DNA of BMW is evident more effective power at high speed.
Consumption: Less is more. Sure the manual version will cut a tenth urban consumption 1 Series Automatic tested, but in a more even duel on the road, the new three-cylinder BMW has not been able to reduce consumption in the same proportion as the engine has downsized .
livabilitySitting or "lying"· BMW continues proposing a sportier driving position that requires greater distances pedal. Functionally, the most criticism is the trunk. The 1 Series digests more than one hundred kg Extra rival.
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