The next phase in the roll-out of the all-new Audi A4 Saloon begins this week as S line sports models intensify visual impact and enhance driver appeal across the range. At the same time, access to a distinctive A4 S line has also become easier thanks to a new lead-in, 120PS version of the popular 1.8-litre Turbo FSI petrol engine. With the benefit of this highly efficient new unit, A4 range prices now start from £19,890 OTR, and new S line models are available from £23,490 OTR.
Not to be confused with the 1.8-litre Turbo engine that has powered everything from the TT to the A6 in the past, the unit that has so far appeared in the A3 and new A4 in 160PS form is completely new. In its latest 120PS configuration it benefits from the same combination of turbo charging and FSI direct petrol injection for keen response and impressive overall efficiency, which is evidenced in the A4 1.8 TFSI (120PS) by a 0-62mph time of 10.5 seconds, a top speed of 130mph and 39.8mpg combined economy, delivered with a modest 169g/km CO2 output.
The new 120PS engine is available exclusively in conjunction with a six-speed manual gearbox, but for drivers who prefer the convenience of an automatic, the unique-in-class multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) has also just opened for order in the new A4 in conjunction with the 160PS version of the 1.8 TFSI engine.
Multitronic flouts the automatic transmission convention dictating that performance and efficiency must be sacrificed in exchange for increased comfort, and instead maintains the same 8.6-second 0-62mph time and 140mph top speed as the manual A4 1.8 TFSI (160PS). Unusually by automatic transmission standards, the 37.2 mpg combined consumption figure and 179g/km CO2 output it achieves also run the manual version impressively close (39.8mpg, 169g/km).
The A4 1.8 TFSI (120PS) is the first A4 model to be offered in standard specification. In addition to range-wide benefits normally associated with the executive class, such as a space-liberating electromechanical parking brake, intelligent key access and an auto-opening boot lid, it includes 16-inch alloy wheels, an 80-watt audio system with single CD drive and 6.5-inch display, electronic climate control, front and rear electric windows and a split/fold rear seat.
Until now all new A4 saloon models have been available in the UK in even more comprehensively equipped SE form, and the S line specification that is also new to the range this week takes this to the next level. The body of the A4 S line - which with S line sports suspension rides 30mm lower than standard on 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels - has a unique S line look courtesy of exclusive front and rear bumper styling, extended side skirts and upgraded headlamps with xenon bulbs, which are fringed by LED daytime running lights.
Inside, it adds features including embossed part-leather S line sports seats with the option of contrasting stitching, a three-spoke S line multifunction steering wheel and matt brushed aluminium inlays. S line specification carries a premium of £2,500 over the equivalent A4 SE model, and is available in combination with all engine variants.Published 13 February 2008