Finally a diesel A4. What took so long?
With this new diesel engine, it took some time to adapt to Indian fuel quality, and also allowed the carmaker some time to judge the demand for diesel.
Tell me more about the diesel engine.
The block displaces 2 litres of volume and is assisted by a turbocharger that kicks in early to reduce turbolag. It churns out 188bhp and 400Nm of torque. All of that torque is on offer right from 1,750rpm, all the way to 4,000 revs. This makes the A4 feel punchy. In terms of refinement, vibes are kept away well and diesel clatter is audible only once you near the redline. Audi is offering only the 188bhp spec, and not the less powerful version available in Europe.
That’s great, but how does the gearbox deal with all this power?
The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that does the job of shifting cogs swiftly. It does upshift quickly to boost fuel efficiency, but shift to Sport and it holds on to the gears.
How quick is this A4?
It’ll take eight seconds to hit the 100kph mark and if you keep the throttle pinned all the way, it’ll do 210kph on an empty road. That said, the A435TDI is approximately a second slower than the 320d and the G 250 d. The primary reason for that delay is the lack of the quattro system. Yes, this is a front-wheel-drive A4.
What’s new in the cabin?
It’s exactly like the petrol one, and that means all of it is new and different compared to the previous-gen car. It has a nicely laid out dashboard and it offers what Audi calls the “virtual cockpit”. Instruments are all digital and there’s navigation too. A part from that, there’s a large screen at the centre for your multimedia needs. The air vents run the length of the dashboard and give the cabin a big car and premium feel. The backseat space has increased, too and will appeal to a market like ours where this segment is primarily chauffeur driven.