What is it?
The 1.4 TFSI is the entry-level model of the ground-up new Audi A4 range. It’s based on Audi’s new MLB-Evo platform and is claimed to weigh as much as 120kg less than the outgoing model. The drag coefficient of 0.23 is said to be lowest in class.
The car has grown in size, being 25mm longer (12mm of the stretch is in the wheelbase) and 16mm wider. This is to the benefit of cabin space, especially in the rear. Knee room is particularly impressive for rear passengers, while the front seat occupants have a satisfyingly capacious cockpit.
This ‘totally new’ 148bhp petrol engine replaces the old 1.8 TFSI unit, although it is less powerful. It’s a sophisticated unit, which has its exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, very high-pressure (200bar) fuel injection and separate cooling circuits for the crankcase and cylinder head.
The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Unfortunately the 1.4 TSI isn't offered with Audi's new automatic seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The entry-level A4 1.4 TFSI SE model costs £25,900 on the road. Notable standard-issue features include xenon headlights with LED running lights, three-zone climate control, switchable damping, automatic city braking, keyless go, stop-start and cruise control with a ‘freewheeling' mode.
In the UK, pay another £950 for this Sport model and you’ll also get sat-nav, 17in wheels, extendable squab sports seats, an upgraded sound system and a nice three-spoke steering wheel.