AUDI

AUDI A4 SALOON 35 TFSI Technik 4dr [Comfort+Sound]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2140 g/km

Almost all Audi A4 buyers opt for a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. For around £1,750 less though, there's the option of this 1.5-litre '35 TFSI' petrol model that develops the same 150PS output and still manages to return over 42mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and around 129g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 while running on cheaper green pump fuel. Is it a better bet?

BUSINESS CLASS BARGAIN?

Audi's revised MK5 model A4 is at its most accessible in base 35 TFSI petrol guise. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Almost all Audi A4 buyers opt for a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. For around £1,750 less though, there's the option of this 1.5-litre '35 TFSI' petrol model that develops the same 150PS output and still manages to return over 42mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and around 129g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 while running on cheaper green pump fuel. Is it a better bet?

Background

If you're after a compact executive saloon - say a BMW 3 Series, a Mercedes C-Class or, as in this case, an Audi A4 - you opt for a diesel. It's a given isn't it? Well not necessarily. In revising its fifth generation A4 range, Audi has placed renewed emphasis on petrol power, including within the line-up a 2.0-litre TFSI 190PS petrol engine that offers an astonishing balance between power and frugality. And, slotting in just below that unit, there's the powerplant we're going to look at here, the 1.5-litre powerplant that features on the base 35 TFSI variant. Buyers in this segment aren't used to seeing engines with capacities this small, but this TFSI unit seems to punch above its weight, offering 150PS, the same as you'd get from the volume 2.0-litre TDI diesel. Is it a realistic option? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Back in 2015, Audi managed to shed around 120kg of weight from this fifth generation A4 and that's one of the reasons why even this base model feels quite lively. The turbocharged 1.5-litre 150PS engine can accelerate to 62mph in 8.6 seconds and top speed is 139mph, in line with its nearest rivals. There's the choice of either 6-speed maniual or s tronic 7-speed auto transmission With this 1.5-litre model, you don't get the option you would further up the range of quattro 4WD. Still, the improved six-speed manual stick-shift feels quite slick and the hi-tech MLB Evo chassis has given Audi the opportunity to develop a sophisticated fully-independent five-link front and rear suspension arrangement that delivers superb standards of ride. Ultimately, what all this creates is a more comfort-orientated compact executive contender, but it's still one that can be hurried quite quickly through the bends thanks to very little bodyroll and superb traction.

Design and Build

The external changes made to this fifth generation A4 are relatively slight. The full-LED headlamps have been re-designed and flank a broader, flatter Singeframe grille complemented by re-sculpted bumpers. Otherwise, it's as you were, which - to remind you - sees this MK5 model A4 riding on a light, stiff MLB platform and boasting the lowest drag coefficient in its class. As ever, there's a choice of either saloon or Avant estate bodystyles, the latter offering 505-litre boot - or 1,510-litres with the rear seats folded. The interior's been updated too and gains the brand's latest classy centre-dash 10.1-inch 'MMI touch' infotainment display, though unfortunately, that means you lose the previous lower-set rotary controller. The voice control system has been improved and, as before, you get access to the full suite of 'Audi connect' media features. They include online traffic sign and hazard information, an on-street parking search function and newly introduced traffic light information functionality. You view another screen through the steering wheel; Audi's 'Virtual Cockpit' TFT 12.3-inch monitor has now been standardised, so you have to have virtual dials. Overall, you wouldn't call the appearance of this A4's cabin exciting but it would certainly be a soothing environment for long journeys.

Market and Model

The £30,000 price point makes the Audi A4 35 TFSI an interesting proposition. You're looking at a £1,750 saving on the equivalent 150PS '30 TDI' 2.0-litre diesel version. We'd also though, want to look at find a couple of thousand extra for the 190PS '40 TFSI' 2.0-litre petrol model which offers a lot more performance with no real efficiency downside. If you want the Avant estate bodystyle, there's a £1,400 premium over the saloon. In terms of direct rivals to this A4 35 TFSI model, BMW's 318i is the obvious candidate but Audi may just have priced this car low enough to tempt buyers out of more mainstream cars like the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo. Standard equipment includes alloy wheels of at least 17-inches in size, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, acoustic glazing, auto headlamps and wipers, rear parking sensors, an alarm and a chromed exhaust. Thankfully a spare wheel's provided too, rather than one of those irritating tyre repair kits. Inside, there's 3-zone climate control, a 'keyless go' push button starter, cruise control with a speed limiter, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and the 'drive select' system that allows you to tweak throttle and steering to suit the way you want to drive.

Cost of Ownership

We've mentioned the Turbo part of the TFSI moniker, but the 'FSI' part plays a big role in making this car's 1.5-litre engine so efficient. 'Fuel Stratified Injection' means the optimum amount of petrol is directly injected into the engine cylinders at the critical moment instead of being mixed with air in a carburettor and sucked in as part of the normal combustion cycle. The effect of this, in tandem with the turbocharger's recycling of exhaust gases, means this engine can deliver the same performance as a standard powerplant but in doing so, use 10-15% less fuel. As a result, the A4 35 TFSI can return 42.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. With NEDC-rated CO2 emissions of 129g/km, annual BiK tax will be affordable for those who choose the A4 as a company car. In comparison, an A4 30 TDI 150PS diesel model manages 55.4mpg (WLTP) and 103g/km (NEDC). All A4s come with a three year 60,000 mile warranty which can be extended to four years/75,000 miles or five years/90,000 miles for a fee. Audi residuals are some of the best in the business, assuming you pick a desirable engine and trim combination. Some restraint on the all too tempting options list will help too.

Summary

The Audi A4 35 TFSI 150PS model is more affordable than you might expect a premium mid-sized executive model to be. Costing from just over £30,000, it may even be an attractive proposition for Mondeo segment buyers. Loaded with advanced technology including autonomous driving aids and a smartphone-compatible multi-media interface, the entry level A4 represents reasonable value for money. And the modern, understated exterior is matched with a comfortable, contemporary interior, designed to make the time spent on the road more enjoyable. But does the package all add up? We're not so sure. It's not that there's anything wrong with this 1.5-litre petrol variant: it's just that the models above it in the line-up are so impressive. The '30 TDI' diesel version with its 103g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 emissions. Or the 190PS '40 TFSI' petrol variant that's almost as frugal, yet much more powerful. Frankly, we'd be wanting to stretch our budget a little further and buy into the A4 in these guises. Still, if you're restricted in budget and this 35 TFSI has to fit the bill, you're unlikely to be disappointed.

  • Rain and light sensors
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

  • Multi collision brake assist
  • Hill hold assist
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL

  • Comfort dynamic suspension

  • Voice control system
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)

  • Electromechanical power steering
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
  • Cruise control system with speed limiter

  • Electric boot lid release
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme

  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch includes 10.1" high resolution colour MMI display, 3D map

  • Electrically folding auto dimming/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors

  • 54 litre fuel tank

  • 2 USB charging ports
  • DAB digital radio reception

  • New design rear diffuser

  • LED headlights and rear lights with LED daytime running lights

  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control

  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • 3 spoke high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with height and reach adjustable
  • Front centre armrest
  • Tool kit

  • Interior lighting

  • High gloss package - A4
  • Comfort and sound pack - A4

  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Pre sense city
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows

  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Manual seat adjustment
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 128
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 140
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • CC: 1984
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 49.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 45.6

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Coin Series: Technik [C+S]
  • Coin Description: TFSI
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.6
  • Top Speed: 139
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3900
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/50 R17
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2022
  • Height: 1431
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4762
  • Width: N
  • Wheelbase: 2820

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1435
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2005
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 54
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 740
  • Max. Loading Weight: 570
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 460
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Inlay - Silver grey diamond finish: £0
  • Aluminium ellipse silver inlays: Included

  • Audi exclusive paint: £2,400
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Electric slide and tilt sunroof: £1,250
  • Metallic paint: £675

  • Index cloth upholstery: Included
  • Twin leather upholstery: £995

  • Storage and luggage compartment pack - A4 Saloon: £195

  • Metallic - Navarra blue: £675
  • Metallic - Manhattan grey: £675
  • Metallic - Glacier white: £675
  • Metallic - Floret silver: £675
  • Metallic - Mythos black: £675
  • Metallic - Terra grey: £675
  • Metallic - Tango red: £675

  • Solid - Ibis white: £0
  • Solid - Brilliant black: £0

  • Audi Exclusive - Custom: £2,400

  • Towing folding equipment - Mechanically swivelling ball head with electric release: £995

  • Index cloth - Black: £0
  • Index cloth - Rock grey with Black/Rock Grey dashboard: £0

  • Twin leather - Atlas beige with Black/ Atlas beige dashboard: £995
  • Twin leather - Rock grey with Black/Rock Grey dashboard: £995
  • Twin leather - Okapi brown: £995
  • Twin leather - Black: £995

  • 17" 10 spoke crystal design alloy wheels: Included
  • 17" 5 spoke parallel design alloy wheels: £275

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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