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Car reviews - Audi - A4 - 2.0 TFSI range

Our Opinion

We like
Strong, sweet performance, slick S-tronic gearbox, sweet manual gearbox, gorgeous interior
Room for improvement
Some road noise intrusion, expensive options, 2.0 TDI with some options might be a far cheaper alternative if quattro not necessary

18 May 2009

IT’S funny how the Audi A4 with the new 2.0 TFSI quattro running gear contrasts with its equivalent A5 Coupe.

While the two-door coupe seems like great value priced from $80,000, the $10,000 cheaper four-door sedan is not so impressive.

The reason is simple: in the A5, the more expensive six-cylinder models are clearly not as dynamic or involving as the base 2.0 TFSI versions, while even the base A4 1.8 TFSI with Drive Select is impressive at $20K less than the 2.0 TFSI quattro version.

But don’t get us wrong – the A4 with the latter powerplant is still a blast to drive, offering a level of poise and interactivity that previous-generation models (electrifying B7 RS4 excepted) could not hope to emulate.

As with the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro we drove on the same day, the A4 sedan uses a descendent of the highly lauded 2.0 TFSI engine found in the VW Golf GTI, but now uses variable valve timing and a host of other efficiency-enhancing innovations to really fly along.

Producing 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque, it feels plenty powerful, and supremely smooth, as it delivers its performance through a wide arc of revs.

And just like in the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro, you are just as well off in the sweet six-speed manual gearbox as you are in the super slick seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission.

This powertrain brings all the B8 A4 virtues together in a finely balanced and wonderfully realised package.

It is just a shame that the 2.0 TFSI quattro costs so much.

We recommend it, but selecting a few choice options like Direct Drive and Audi’s excellent sat-nav system could save thousands of dollars in the superb front-wheel drive A4 2.0 TDI Multitronic – although you’d really, really miss the security of all-wheel drive, of course.

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