Lit­tle sip, big zip

Audi’s eco­nom­i­cal en­gine is rarin’ to go, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

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.

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