What is it?
Likely to be the biggest-selling version of Audi’s roomy new A4 Avant, complete with Volkswagen’s new fuel-sipping 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine.
Audi pioneered the use of constantly variable CVT transmissions with diesel engines, and it’s kept the faith with the continued option of Multitronic on the new car. This offers both a constantly variable mode, where the transmission alters its working ratio seamlessly, and an eight-speed over-ride of stepped ‘gears’ accessed by a pull-push gearshift channel.What’s it like?
The basic TDI Avant’s sporting pretentions are limited, and the efforts of the 143bhp four-cylinder diesel engine are unlikely to set the world alight. Payback arrives at the filling station, with Audi claiming an impressive 49mpg combined for the 2.0 TDI Multitronic –we achieved 44mpg on a real-world inner-city run.
The A4’s practicality belies its status as Audi’s entry-level estate. It’s a big, spacious car – indeed its footprint is close to that of the previous-generation A6. The flipside is a chunky 1900kg kerbweight, a mass that blunts the performance figures.
It would be unfair to say that the TDI Multitronic is a completely numb performer. The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in an acceptable 9.7 seconds and 236lb ft of peak torque makes it easy to access what thrust there is.