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Audi A4 review - as refined and composed as ever, but is the new A4 fun? - Engine and Gearbox

No matter the body style, this is the best A4 yet

Evo rating
  • Much improved ride and handling, great cabin, tempting tech
  • Blink-and-you'll-miss-it styling, no steering feel

Of the vast choice of engines and power outputs the smallest least powerful choice is the 1.4-litre TFSI petrol, which replaces the old 1.8-litre TFSI. At 148bhp it’s less powerful than the old 168bhp 1.8, but the small drop should be somewhat mitigated by a kerb weight up to 120kg lighter than before.

Next up is a 2.0-litre TFSI, available in both 187bhp and 249bhp outputs. The latter is solely available with Quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission, while the former is front-drive only but does have manual and dual-clutch gearbox options. Both engines are more powerful than their predecessors; up 20bhp in the lower-powered model and 27bhp in the quicker car.

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The rest of the engine lineup is diesel powered. Sneaking into the 99g/km tax-free band is a revised 2.0 TDI Ultra with 148bhp and 236lb ft of torque, with both manual and S Tronic gearbox choices. There’s also a 187bhp TDI Ultra (also developing 273lb ft), while the same engine powers the S Tronic-only A4 2.0 TDI Quattro.

Topping the range – for now – is a revised version of Audi’s 3.0-litre TDI V6. In its lower 215bhp output there are both front-wheel drive and Quattro drivetrain options, while power to both is supplied by a 7-speed S Tronic gearbox.

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The 268bhp TDI Quattro is 11 per cent more powerful than its predecessor, developed between 3250-4250rpm, yet capable of emitting 28 per cent less CO2. There’s a healthy 442lb ft of torque available too, between 1500-3000rpm. 

The seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox is, as you’d expect, a more immediate and responsive self-shifter than the eight-speed auto, but in this application the latter really is more than adequate. Both are smooth and refined around town, too.

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