The Audi A4 1.9 TDI (130) SE: Available From March 2003 | Part Two

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The new A4 1.9 TDI (130) multitronic, which will be available to order from March 21st, 2003, will be a close match for its manual counterpart in terms of performance and economy – an achievement that no other premium compact executive automatic can boast. The Audi multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) offers all the benefits of stepless automatic transmission, but in contrast to other automatic options generally has little or no bearing on performance, fuel economy or emissions.

The A4 1.9 TDI 130 multitronic can, in fact, travel further per gallon than the manual version, as proved by its combined consumption figure of 51.3mpg. It also accelerates from rest to 62mph only a fraction more slowly at 10.1 seconds, can reach a 127mph maximum speed and emits an even lower 149g/km of CO2 - making it the cleanest automatic in the upper medium premium sector.

In excess of 65,500 British customers opted for an Audi model in 2002, and of this unprecedented total around 30,000 chose an A4 – a record in itself for the brand. As emissions-linked company car taxation increases in severity in 2003 and beyond, this figure is likely to be significantly exceeded, helped by the recently revised optional SE package for all A4 models which brings further improvements in specification.

The new package, available at no extra cost until June 30th, and for £610 thereafter, has now been upgraded to include cruise control and rear electric windows (previously standard only for six-cylinder versions) for all SE-equipped models.

16-inch, 5-arm Trapez design alloy wheels are also new to the package, which continues to include a Concert radio with single CD player, a Driver’s Information System (DIS) and leather trim for the steering wheel, gear knob and gaiter.

Published 25 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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