Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Southeastern PA
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I was just checking out my Q3 and Tiguan brochures and noticed that the Audi requires premium gas and the VW recommends premium gas. This seems kind of odd considering both cars currently use the exact same engine and tune. I guess this the same crap that I encountered 20 some years ago when I was looking at a V6 Camry and a Lexus E330. Everything was the same except that Lexus required premium but the Camry recommended regular. So I asked the Lexus salesman about it and his response was “When people buy a premium car they expect to use premium gas.”, huh. I know both VAG cars have turbos but so does my 1.8T Passat and I have been using regular in it for 11 of it’s 12 years with no fuel related problems. The Passat also requires premium gas but the service writers at my truly top notch, seriously, VW dealer told me to just use regular. I also know that the newer VAG engines use Direct Injection and mine doesn’t so that might make a difference. This normally isn’t a real problem but it can be. Last Fall I was driving through central Virginia when my wife decided that I had to get gas because the range was less than 100 miles. So I pulled into the next branded gas station which had a listed price of $2.30. When I walked up to the pump I saw the premium price was $3.30, OMG. Knowing that a BMW 330 probably wouldn’t do real well on regular, I put in 4 gallons of the liquid gold. Now I was good for another 120 miles before the dreaded low fuel warning at 100 miles remaining goes off.
This is more of a rant than a question, but. I’m sure the answer will be in the owner’s manual but I am not yet an owner.
Will a current 200HP Q3 run, without doing any harm to itself, on regular 87 octane gas? At least in Dollar a gallon emergencies.
Will a face lift 220HP Q3 run, without doing any harm to itself, on regular 87 octane gas?
Please excuse the miss spelled title.
I hope you’re not BLUFfing me.
I sort of hoped that would be the case. I wouldn’t plan on running around on Regular gas but in an “Are you kidding me” situation it is a viable alternative for at least less than a tank at a time.
It sounds like you are saying that the 220 engine is the same as the 200 engine with a “Chip”. So the 220 engine is not a completely new/different engine?
The Audi representative, salesman, I spoke to at the Philly show said the face lift 2016 would have a new 220 HP engine, a new non jerky DSG transmission and get about 15% better gas mileage. Is anything he said true? I know you’ve got connections