Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 CV, the technological benchmark

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

If a representative model within the four rings brand, that is the vehicle we tested this week in Actualidad Motor. Is Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp and corresponds to the fifth generation of the D-segment premium saloon. It should be noted that this car, with internal code B9, has on the market since 1995, but it descends directly from the mythical Audi 80 of the 70s and 80s.

Several decades later we find that this model has evolved to become a benchmark. If we think of three mid-size sedans with a certain premium character, we draw a podium in the head. There will be three Germans here: Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4; and not necessarily in that order. Faced with this fierce struggle, we move on to analyze the last renewal of the Ingolstadt saloon.

Discreet renovation?

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

Well, what changes can we see between the fourth generation (B8) and the current one (B9)? Audi is often accused of being a brand conservative in many respects, especially in the design of their cars. When we first saw this A4 last summer we it seemed like a fairly discreet generational change, following the previous line and without risking too much. But on the other hand, if something works, why change it?

Although in fact I have to say that these premature judgments betrayed me a little. After spending a week with the new Audi A4, I have to say that in person the changes are more noticeable. And also that it stands out from the previous generation with small details that make the difference. Taken together, that translates into a more dynamic image and a greater poise that is achieved with a slight increase in its dimensions.

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

Stays in Meters long 4,73, a width of 1,82 meters and a height of 1,43 meters; while its battle extends up to 2,82 meters in length. Using the new MLB Evo platform this sedan manages to lose a few kilos, as we will see later and also have a outstanding aerodynamics. A Cx of only 0,23 is achieved, although it can be increased depending on the version chosen.

More dynamism to the whole

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

This growth to which we referred is made even more evident thanks to more right angles in its bodywork, which leave aside the curves of the previous one and give it a more muscular appearance. Another distinctive element is the Singleframe grill that gains in width and that presents some silver slats in our finish. The hood will have small ribs that increase your character

It is flanked by new sharper headlights, with a more futuristic design that matches the personality of this A4. It must be said that they are bi-xenon as standard, but they can optionally include LED technology (like our unit) and including Matrix LEDs. Another of the details that make you fall in love with this model are the sequential flashers, which light up from the inside out and depending on the turn of the steering wheel.

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

The side view will possibly be the most sober, with the fewest significant changes. Of course there will be new design rims and from 16 to 18 inches depending on the finish. The rear is finished off by some new rear lights at two heights, also with LED technology and with said integrated indicators. The tailgate ends with a sharp shape that contributes its grain of sand in the subject of aerodynamics.

comfortable and spacious

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

like a good saloon the inner space it will be important and one of the things that your potential buyers will look at. The front seats, in addition to quality, will have a considerable amplitude. The increase in external dimensions also translates into a increase in habitability compared to the previous generation. It will be especially noticeable in rear seats that will be able to accommodate three adults on short routes, although it will have a narrower central square and its own limitations.

In the trunk, the increase in dimensions will not be perceived as much. stays in 480 liters capacity, which is not bad at all but does not stand out in the segment either. Specifically, it is the same volume as its rival, the BMW 3 Series. As a positive point, we can say that it has some straight shapes and quite usable. The negative part is that due to the type of opening of the gate, the final part of the trunk is far away and we will have to lean quite a bit to get there. In any case, if we lower the rear seats, we will have 965 liters capacity.

technology showcase

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

From the beginning we see that the real changes are inside. The interior of the Audi A4 is a full-fledged technological showcase and sometimes it will even seem that it is a year ahead of its time. It should also be recognized that our test unit includes the Sport Edition finish and some optional elements that make the difference. Therefore, in some of the basic versions some of the elements that we will talk about may not appear.

We start by looking at the clock chart with the vehicle turned off, no trace of the traditional needles analog. We tried pressing the start button and before our eyes the Audi Virtual Cockpit, the fully digital instrumentation of the brand. It is made up of a large 12,3 inch and we can customize it to our liking, since it lets us choose what type of information we want to see and move through the menus thanks to the buttons on the steering wheel.

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

It will not be the only screen that we see inside, since if we look a little more to the right, another one protrudes from the upper part of the dashboard. 8,3 inch. In Audi they are reluctant to touch controls and therefore it will be necessary to use the rotary control of the MMI Navigation Plus system, which in our case included MMI Touch. That means that our small round knob if it will have some touch, since it allows you to draw letters on its surface to search for addresses in the browser.

I'm not going to lie to you, the first time you get on the new A4 so much technology overwhelms a bit. But well, nothing to worry about, after a bit of fiddling around (when stationary, yes) we get familiar with the system and we understand your potential. We quickly jump between menus, put the navigator in the Virtual Cockpit and Apple Car Play on the other screen and wonder how we ever lived without it. In motion we will not need to take our eyes off the road, since the system head up display in color provides us with all that information.

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

The Audi virtual cockpit offers extensive customization

But as in any self-respecting premium sedan, this does not stop there and the optional list it will be long (and expensive). For example, we find the three-zone air conditioner or a Bang & Olufsen sound with 19 speakers that sounds great but costs 1.390 euros. But not everything will be exuberant elements, but we will also have practical solutions that help us on a day-to-day basis. It is the example of Audi for sense city, an accident prevention system that would automatically brake in the event of a possible collision.

He joins the adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane change assist or the Audi cross traffic assist that warns of the approach of a vehicle in reversing maneuvers. It will be similar Audi exit warning, a practical system that alerts the passenger in the event that the doors are about to open and a car approaches. This range of aids is completed by park assist, which will make parking easier.

One of the best interiors on the market?

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

As a good German premium saloon the perceived quality It will be one of the strengths. Everyone knows the taste that Audi has with its interiors and that of this Audi A4 could not be less. As you open the door with a handle that is activated upwards and not to the side, and you access its cabin you already perceive the class that emits. Sitting in the driver's seat, situated in a rather low position, you can only see the good fit that have all its elements and the good taste of the materials used.

On the dashboard they spread soft plastics that are combined with chrome moldings that give it a sophisticated look. The quality even extends to the air conditioning controls that react when we bring our finger closer to their buttons. Every detail is important in this interior and the steering wheel will not be exempt from prominence. In our unit the S Line sports steering wheel with a flattened bottom and an exquisite touch, with perforated leather on the sides.

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

When it gets dark ambient lighting comes into play. As we said, the details count and this will give you an extra touch of distinction. The black roof is another of its hallmarks, we can not leave the seats, which are also protagonists of our Sport Edition finish. The lettering with the "S" appears on the high-quality leather upholstery and its electrical settings They will make it easier to find the ideal position in one of the best interiors that we find on the market.

As we will see later, the Audi A4 can be configured with four finishes different. The Sport Edition that we have in hand is one of the top of the range, along with the Design Edition. In the first, a more sporty aspect is sought and in the second, a greater distinction. Below is the Advanced Edition, which is already beginning to include some of the elements that we liked so much in this sedan. The base finish seems somewhat more limited to us, lacking a lot of equipment that we consider essential for a premium vehicle.

2.0 TDI 150 hp engine

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

Under the hood of our A4 we find an old acquaintance, the 2.0 TDI by 150 CV, a well-known in the VAG Group. This 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel converts to one of the most sensible options within its engine range. If we are going to travel many kilometers and we are looking for a diesel, this mechanics will be the least powerful that we find. Above we have the same engine with a power of 190 CV and at 3.0 TDI by 272 CV as top of the range. On the other hand, if we look for gasoline, we find the 1.4 TFSI with 150 hp and the 2.0 TFSI in two power levels: 190 and 252 hp.

It should be noted that our mechanics is the one chosen by around the 75% of Audi A4 customers, a real bestseller. As an option or in superior mechanics we find the S Tronic and Tiptronic automatic transmissions, but in this case we will have to settle for the gearbox six-speed manual. In the same way, some models can be configured with quattro all-wheel drive, but our unit stays with the front-wheel drive.

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

It's time to talk about the sensations behind the wheel of the German sedan. When we start from the low position of his pilot's seat we already realize that one of the points in his favor is going to be the soundproofing. This aspect favors the worked aerodynamics that we talked about at the beginning of the test. There has also been a nice job with the insulation And that taking into account that these diesel engines tend to increase noise compared to their gasoline counterparts.

Refined and dynamic in equal parts

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

In the first few meters we realize that the 150 hp and 320 Nm of torque are enough to move the A4. The delivery of this power is done very smoothly, we find a very refined operating engine. Your benefits? Get speed up from 0 to 100 km / h in 8,9 seconds and it has a speed of 221 km/h, it is not very efficient but it is enough for us. The positive part is that it homologates a consumption of only 3,8 l / 100km.

As you may have already thought, that figure is very optimistic and practically impossible to achieve in normal situations. However, this Audi A4 will be able to get very good consumption with this engine. Rolling on the highway at legal speeds will be easy around 5 liters, while in urban environments the figure will rise but to the right extent, being difficult to exceed 6,5 liters. Driving more efficiently we managed to do a decent 4,5 l/100km, while on average throughout the test we managed to do 5,5 l/100km. In part we have to thank some long developments of change, aerodynamics and a loss of weight.

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

Because with the MLB Evo platform, one of the novelties in this Audi A4 is that it saved up to 120 kg compared to its predecessor. This will also influence its dynamic behavior, now more agile than before. It moves very well despite its generous dimensions and the short and precise strokes of the manual gearbox will help us on twisty roads. One of the keys is its versatility, since the sedan is just as comfortable doing hundreds of kilometers on the highway as it is climbing a mountain pass.

In this regard, it accompanies the Audi drive select, a driving mode selector that will adjust the vehicle according to what we need at all times. We can choose between Efficiency, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual; that will change some parameters such as the suspension, the response of the engine or the direction. We assume that in automatic versions the differences for that game will become more noticeable with the change. The suspension It is another of the strong points and falls between comfort and sportiness with settings that make clear a remarkable stability.

Recapping

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

If you are thinking of buying a midsize sedan, the Audi A4 should appear in the top positions of potential candidates. Leaving aside the aesthetic tastes of each one, this model is a round product that in this fifth generation has raised a level in terms of technological equipment. It will stand out for its interior, which convert to a reference for the segment and in it we can find almost all the systems that we could need in any vehicle.

La quality is outstanding as well as the refinement in its 2.0 TDI 150 hp engine. The less powerful diesel option will be one of the most demanded by customers and will stand out for its linear power delivery and the low consumption. The new platform is much more advanced and manages to considerably improve its dynamic behavior. To conclude we can say that the Audi A4 has nothing to envy to the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series and that possibly the best D-segment saloon.

Equipment Audi A4

Audi A4

Audi A4

  • 16-inch alloy wheels (17 depending on engine)
  • Single zone air conditioner
  • MMI radio with USB, AUX and 8 speakers
  • Electric parking brake
  • Audi for sense city

Audi A4 Advanced Edition (adds to base model, +460 €)

Audi A4 Advanced Edition

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • rain sensor and lights
  • Audi parking system rear
  • Photosensitive interior rearview mirror
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • 7-inch color screen
  • Navigator
  • Audi connect Safety & Service

Audi A4 Design Edition (adds to Advanced Edition, +2.000 €)

Audi A4 Design Edition

  • Three-zone climate control
  • Audi phone box (inductive charging of phones)
  • Electrically folding mirrors
  • interior lighting package
  • Comfort armrests
  • Chrome frames on the exterior windows 

Audi A4 Sports Edition (Add to Advanced Edition, +2.000 €)

Audi A4 Sports Edition

  • S line exterior package
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • folding mirrors
  • interior lighting package
  • Comfort armrests
  • Sports seats with specific upholstery
  • Sports steering wheel

Audi A4 prices in Spain

Test Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp

Motor Transfer Sedan Price Advance Price
1.4 TFSI 150 HP manual 6v 33.000 € 35.010 €
2.0 TFSI 190 HP S Tronic 7v 37.630 € 41.120 €
2.0 TFSI 252 PS Quattro S Tronic 7v 46.730 € 48.740 €
2.0 TDI 150 HP manual 6v 34.600 € 36.540 €
2.0 TDI 150 HP S Tronic 7v 36.820 € 38.760 €
2.0 TDI 190 HP manual 6v 37.600 € 39.540 €
2.0 TDI 190 HP S Tronic 7v 39.820 € 41.760 €
2.0 TDI 190 hp Quattro S Tronic 7v 42.250€ 44.190 €
3.0 TDI 272 hp Quattro Tiptronic 8v 52.600€ 54.610 €

In the table we detail the prices of the Audi A4 Sedan and Avant with base finish. In the case of acquiring any of its versions in the Advanced Edition finish, it will be necessary to add 460 euros at the price of the table. The same will happen with the superior finishes Design Edition and Sport Edition, since in case of choosing them it will be necessary to make an outlay of 2.000 Euros with respect to the base price in both cases.

Editor's opinion

Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp
  • Editor's rating
  • 4 star rating
33.000 a 54.610
  • 80%

  • Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 hp
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  • Exterior design
    Publisher: 75%
  • interior design
    Publisher: 90%
  • front seats
    Publisher: 85%
  • rear seats
    Publisher: 75%
  • Trunk
    Publisher: 75%
  • Spring Suspension
    Publisher: 85%
  • Consumption
    Publisher: 80%
  • Comfort
    Publisher: 85%
  • Price
    Publisher: 60%

Pros

  • Technological deployment
  • cabin quality
  • refined behavior

Cons

  • Base finish with little equipment
  • High price of extras
  • Small reservoir on some versions

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