New 2013 Audi A4 2.0 TDI 174bhp review test drive

    Audi has finally given the A4 2.0 TDI the power it deserves.

    Published on Oct 18, 2013 03:18:00 AM


    Make : Audi
    Model : A4

    The A4 diesel’s always been down on power when compared to its German rivals. While the BMW 320d makes 181bhp and the Merc C 250 CDI a whopping 201bhp, the A4 made just 141bhp. Now, however, Audi’s taken steps to rectify this deficiency by launching a more powerful A4.

    Powered by the same 1968cc four-cylinder turbodiesel motor, the A4’s engine now makes 174bhp and a higher 38.74kgm of torque. Thanks to the extra horses, the engine is more flexible and a wider powerband means overtaking is much easier. It’s more free-revving too, and does not feel out of breath at the top end of the rev band anymore.

    Refinement is very good, performance is ample and this, coupled with the car’s good low speed ride, makes it a fine urban machine. The CVT gearbox works even better with this motor. It responds quickly to the change in position of your right foot at all times and ensures you are in the meat of the powerband. What also helps the A4 is the eight-step CVT that behaves like a regular torque converter transmission. The way it swaps its preset ‘steps’ in Tiptronic mode will make you think there’s a ’box with a full set of gears in here. It’s only when you step on the kick-down switch that you get the rubber-band effect typical of a CVT transmission.


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