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A3 turbo lag?

Asked by Michelle Camilleri

I have recently bought a 2013 Audi A3 and I've been having trouble with the accelerator pedal. I find that when I put my foot down harder than usual, I feel there is a lag of 1-2 seconds and it takes a little while for the car to take off. When it eventually takes off, it sometimes takes off so fast that I think I'm going to get whiplash. At an Audi dealership, a service person took it for a drive (with me in it) and he said that's just how these cars are built and I have to modify my driving. Have you heard this before regarding these vehicles or should I ask for a diagnostic check?

Answered by CarsGuide

29 Mar 2016 Paul Gover

There is nothing wrong with the car. What you are experiencing is called "turbo lag" and it happens as it takes time for the exhaust gases to spin the turbocharger that boosts power in the engine. The best way to adjust is to push the accelerator a little earlier than you might normally think but ease into it instead of stomping it to the floor.

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