Little sip, big zip
Audi’s economical engine is rarin’ to go, writes NEIL McDONALD
PEDIGREES do not come much better than Audi’s 2.0-litre TFSI engine. It won its category at this year’s engine ‘‘Oscars’’, having been voted best-in-class in the 1.8 to 2.0-litre category.
But what does all that mean for consumers? Unlatch the bonnet and they’ll find this turbocharged engine in the engine bay of many Audis.
It is available in various tunes from 125kW to 188kW in the A3 Sportback, A3 cabrio, S3, A4, A5, A6 and Q5. In its most potent form it develops 200kW in the TTS coupe with S-tronic.
The award cited the turbo’s combination of power and economy.
With Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, the engine is a blast in the newest $73,900 A4 sedan 2.0 TFSI.
After a week driving the A4 quattro fitted with the 155kW/350Nm turbo four, I can say buyers looking for performance but with an eye on the hip pocket at the petrol pump will appreciate this modest drinker.
Audi quotes a combined fuel-use figure of 7.4 litres/100km. That seems achievable, but when you use the available low-down performance as we did, economy takes a back seat.
With the 350Nm available from only 1500 revs, the A4 will slingshot away from traffic lights with the singlemindedness of a racing greyhound.
There are no surprises in the A4’s S-tronic gearbox, essentially Audi’s version of a dual-clutch transmission.
The S-tronic is well matched to the turbo four and reacts quickly and seamlessly.
But as with many of the newer dualclutch gearboxes, it still has momentary lapses in concentration at idle.
The well-equipped A4-2.0 TFSI combo is at the top end of Audi’s midsize line-up.
The sting is in the options, the most outrageous being $1695 for metallic paint. Adding the $1695 18-inch alloys, $3390 navigation package, $3390 drive select with adaptive dampers, $1324 side assist and $318 high-beam assist catapults the price to $85,000.
But even at this price the 2.0 TFSI is a worthy thoroughbred.