What’s the first car that comes to mind when thinking of an environmentally friendly vehicle? We’d bet it’s the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight. Audi just gained a bit of credibility in the green vehicle community with its 2010 A3 TDI. The company won the highly sought-after Green Car of the Year award given by Green Car Journal.
The field of competition included the Honda Insight, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Toyota Prius, and VW Golf TDI. The recipient of the 2009 award was the VW Jetta TDI.
Powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine, the A3 TDI is capable of 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on highway routes. With an impressive 236 lb.-ft. of torque, the four-door hatchback still returns the best fuel economy of any luxury vehicle in the U.S.
The 2010 Audi A3 TDI retails for $30,775 including destination. Standard features include S-line sport equipment along with 18-inch wheels. The A3 TDI has been on sale in the U.S. since November.