What is it?
This is our first opportunity to drive a four-cylinder diesel version of the new Audi A4 Allroad quattro, fitted with Audi's 2.0-litre TDI engine. With 187bhp it should prove potent enough, while offering a £1500 saving over the next cheapest engine in the Allroad range.
Like the 3.0-litre TDI and 2.0-litre TFSI we’ve already tested, the 2.0 TDI 190 comes as standard with quattro four-wheel drive and Audi’s S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox. That means it’s £5000 more than the cheapest regular A4 Avant diesel, but that has less power, front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox.
Then again, a two-wheel-drive Allroad would arguably be a bit pointless, seeing as the whole idea is to give the Avant a bit more off-road ability. It has an increased ride height, an off-road mode for Audi’s Drive Select system and bumpers that at least give the impression of skidplates. It may sound a little tame, but it’s certainly a formula that works for Audi's sales figures.