2016 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra – Review
Exactly one and a half years passed since I spent time with the previous generation of the Audi A4. The 2014 Audi A4 was a sophisticated and well-engineered mid-sized premium sedan. However, to compete against other premium competitors, such as the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes C-Class, it lacked state of the art infotainment and safety features. In order to catch up, the all-new A4 generation received Audi’s latest technologies, such as the virtual cockpit, an all-new multimedia interface (MMI) and the matrix LED headlights, among others.
In March, I had the opportunity to spend a week with the new A4 with its 2-liter TDI engine. The car featured a Tango red metallic exterior while the interior was dominated by an Alcantara-Leather combination. Officially, it was still winter in Bavaria and the A4 arrived with Dunlop SP Winter Sport 225/50 tires mounted on 17-inch wheels. Additional features of the test car included the MMI Navigation plus system, the assistance package, the virtual cockpit and the matrix LED headlights.
AUDI A4 ENGINE AND TECHNOLOGY
Audi introduced a design evolution combined with a technological revolution for the all-new Audi A4. It took Audi quite some time to develop the successor to the current A4 generation, which was on sale since 2007. Thanks to roughly eight years of (digital) development, the all-new Audi A4 had to improve in certain areas.
To get started Audi continued with one of the most common trends already seen in the new Q7 generation. Thanks to a mix of lightweight components for the A4’s body frame, the car lost up to 265 pounds (120 kilograms) compared to the previous model. A first look at the exterior design of the A4 unveils only a slight evolution of Audi’s A4 design. Sharper headlights and a lower single frame grille dominate the front. Xenon plus comes standard for the headlights while matrix LED lights are optional. If the LED headlights are ordered, the rear of the A4 features 48 LEDs in a multi-faceted 3D design.
Under the hood, Audi introduced a new generation of petrol and diesel engines. Both engine types offer an increased power output with reduced fuel consumption. Seven engines will be available at market launch (three TFSI and four TDI engines). Our short-term test car was equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine with TDI direct injection. The 2-liter displacement offers a power output of 150 horsepower and maximum torque of 236 pound-feet.
Thanks to additional fuel saving technologies, such as a controllable cool-air inlet behind the radiator grille, it earned the additional badge “ultra” to indicate a very fuel efficient version of the A4. Audi promises an average fuel economy of 61.9 mpg (3.8 l/100 km). According to Audi, the engine complies with the strict EU 6 emission regulations and emits 99g CO2 per km.