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Quattro Tip Tronic
With 349bhp from its 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol it feels rapid from 1500rpm, but itโ€™s the breadth of oomph in its mid-range that gives the S4 seemingly effortless pace. It sounds quite throaty, although rivals from BMW and Mercedes have arguably more characterful six-cylinder exhaust notes. Quattro four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox are standard. Itโ€™s worth thinking about the 3.0 TDI 272 diesel as a similarly quick but cheaper-to-run alternative.
3.0 TDI 272 Quattro Tip Tronic
This version of the V6 comes in four-wheel-drive Quattro form only to help transfer its impressive power to the road. Very smooth and refined, made even better by the slick eight-speed automatic gearbox. More expensive to run than the other diesels, but still delivers respectable running costs.
3.0 TDI S Tronic
In many respects, this is our favourite engine because, being a V6, it&#39;s supremely refined yet is surprisingly efficient. Although the four-wheel-drive-only V6 218 can&#39;t compete with the front-wheel drive Ultra models in terms of carbon emissions, it&#39;ll only cost a business user an extra 1% in company car tax when compared with the 2.0 TDI quattro. If you must have four-wheel drive, we&#39;d be very tempted to choose this engine.
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2.0 TDI Ultra 190
Depending on trim comes in either standard or higher-efficiency Ultra form, and also with an automatic gearbox option. In whatever set-up, itโ€™s efficient, offers good performance with lots of low-end shove and is more refined than equivalent rivalsโ€™ engines. Also available with quattro four-wheel drive, it&#39;s our favourite engine in the range.
2.0 TDI Ultra
This is the most efficient engine in the A4 range with CO2 emissions from just 99g/km, which make it very attractive to company car drivers. Itโ€™s available with a manual or automatic gearbox, but can feel a little underpowered when overtaking.
2.0T FSI 252 Quattro S Tronic
Only available with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, which helps it put its power down effectivelyโ€“ even in the wet. Quick but not particularly cheap to run nor very efficient.
2.0T FSI
Punchy performance delivered in a refined manner. This engine is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. It has limited appeal though, considering the diesels are just as strong and much more efficient.
1.4T FSI
Delivers reasonable pace but needs working fairly hard; it is smooth though. Driven carefully this engine proves reasonably economical, but you can only have it with a manual gearbox. Resale values arenโ€™t as strong as the dieselsโ€™.

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36.7-74.3 mpg

CO2 Emissions

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101-99 g/km

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965 litres

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