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Audi has added the A3's most powerful diesel yet to its lower medium model's line-up. The 184hp 2.0-litre is available in three-door and Sportback forms, with a saloon version to follow, and comes in front-wheel or quattro four-wheel drive as well as Sport and S-line trim levels. Like all A3 models, the 184hp diesel can be specified with standard or stiffer sports suspension as a no-cost option.
Euro6 emissions standard-compliant, the 184hp diesel combines impressive performance with efficiency, borne out by the 110g/km emissions figure.
The performance is potent, although the biggest problem is the quality of the 150hp 2.0-litre. There's not a huge advantage perceptible between the two, and the 150hp model is £1270 cheaper, has slightly better residuals and costs 2.3p per mile less to run.
But the 184hp A3 does come up well against rivals from Volvo and BMW, beating both for cost per mile thanks to better efficiency and residual values.