Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Safety

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense city
  • Seatbelt monitor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Driver Convenience

  • Audi drive select
  • Audi parking system plus
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Hill hold assist
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch includes 10.1" high resolution colour MMI display, 3D map
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Rear view camera
  • Voice control system
  • Multi collision brake assist

Entertainment

  • 2 USB charging ports
  • 8 passive loudspeakers
  • DAB digital radio reception

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front spoiler
  • Body colour side sill trim
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Electrically folding auto dimming/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • Grained matt black side air inlets with matt aluminium silver inlay
  • High beam assistant
  • Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
  • LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators + headlight adjustment and high beam, turning light + LED daytime running lights
  • Matt aluminium silver tailpipe trim
  • New design rear diffuser
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain and light sensors
  • S Line badges on the front wings
  • S line Front and rear bumpers with side skirts
  • S Line rear diffuser in matt titanium black with trim strip in matt aluminium silver
  • S Line roof edge spoiler
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke flat bottomed high multi-function leather sport steering wheel
  • 4 way electric lumbar support
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Black perforated leather gearknob
  • Contrast stitching on seats, steering wheel and gear lever gaiter
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Electric load area cover
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Manual seat adjustment
  • Stainless steel pedals and foot rest
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • LED Interior light pack - A4/S4
  • Titanium black styling pack - A4 Avant

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go

Technical

  • 54 Litre Fuel Tank
  • Sports suspension lowered by 23mm

Trim

  • Piano black finish inlay

Wheels

  • 19" 5 arm rotor design alloy wheels titanium matt look
  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

139

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1984

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

150

Based On ID

Coin Description

TFSI

Coin Series

Black Edition

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.9

Engine Power - BHP

150

Engine Power - KW

110

Engine Power - RPM

3900

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

199

Engine Torque - MKG

27.5

Engine Torque - NM

270

Engine Torque - RPM

1350

Top Speed

136

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

245/35 R19

Tyre Size Rear

245/35 R19

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

5 ARM ROTOR

Wheel Type

19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

Height (including roof rails)

1460

Length

4762

Wheelbase

2820

Width

Width (including mirrors)

2022

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

54

Gross Vehicle Weight

2070

Max. Loading Weight

605

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1600

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1465

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.6

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

The Audi A4 1.4 TFSI 150PS is more affordable than you might expect a premium compact executive saloon to be. Costing around £26,000, it may even be an attractive proposition for Mondeo segment buyers. Loaded with advanced technology including autonomous driving aids and a smartphone-compatible multi-media interface, the entry level A4 represents good value for money. And the modern, understated exterior is matched with a comfortable, contemporary interior, designed to make the time spent on the road more enjoyable. But does the package all add up? We're not so sure. It's not that there's anything wrong with this 1.4-litre petrol variant: it's just that the models above it in the line-up are so impressive. The 2.0 TDI ultra diesel version with its 99g/km of CO2 emissions. Or the 190PS 2.0 TFSI petrol variant that's just as frugal, yet much more powerful. Frankly, we'd be wanting to stretch our budget a little further and buy into the A4 in these guises. Still, if you're restricted in budget and this 1.4-litre TFSI has to fit the bill, you're unlikely to be disappointed.

Background

If you're after a compact executive saloon - say a BMW 3 Series, a Mercedes C-Class or, as in this case, an Audi A4 - you opt for a diesel. It's a given isn't it? Well not necessarily. In launching its fifth generation A4 range, Audi has placed renewed emphasis on petrol power, including within the line-up a 2.0-litre TFSI 190PS petrol engine that offers an astonishing balance between power and frugality. And, slotting in just below that unit, there's the powerplant we're going to look at here, the 1.4-litre TFSI variant. Buyers in this segment aren't used to seeing engines with capacities this small, but this TFSI unit seems to punch above its weight, offering 150PS, the same as you'd get from the volume 2.0-litre TDI diesel. Is it a realistic option? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Audi has managed to shed around 120kg of weight from this fifth generation A4 and that's one of the reasons why even this base model feels quite lively. The turbocharged 1.4-litre 150PS engine can accelerate to 62mph in 8.7 seconds - which is quicker than the old 1.8-litre version it replaces. Top speed remains 130mph, in line with its nearest rivals. With this 1.4-litre model, you don't get the options you would further up the range of s tronic 7-speed auto transmission or quattro 4WD. Still, the improved six-speed manual stick-shift feels quite slick and the hi-tech MLB Evo chassis has given Audi the opportunity to develop a sophisticated fully-independent five-link front and rear suspension arrangement that delivers superb standards of ride. Ultimately, what all this creates is a more comfort-orientated compact executive contender, but it's still one that can be hurried quite quickly through the bends thanks to very little bodyroll and superb traction.

Design and Build

The overall shape of the A4 may be familiar, but the details of this MK5 model have been sharpened up and brought in line with the latest trends. Outside, the bodywork has a sharper, more gym-toned feel and most variants feature LED lighting, with the option of Audi's clever Matrix lighting system that adapts to the road you're on. The interior is spacious and elegant, with a slim horizontal dashboard hosting the main cockpit controls. The deeply sculpted rear seats give back seat passengers ample knee-room, with only the middle passenger being inconvenienced by the high transmission tunnel. The 1.4-litre engine is also available in Avant estate form, but the saloon may well be versatile enough for you. The rear seats can fold down, creating 965-litres of luggage space. The fresh looks and well appointed interior uphold the sense of prestige that Audi's well-earned reputation deserves. As one of the VW group's luxury brands Audi has become renowned for excellent build quality. Even at the lower price points their cars are manufactured to strict German standards, eliminating faults at the production stage ensuring that this entry-level A4 will still be capable of racking-up the high mileages their buyers will expect of them.

Market and Model

The £26,000 price point makes the Audi A4 1.4 TFSI an interesting proposition. You're looking at a £2,200 saving on the equivalent 150PS 2.0 TDI diesel version. We'd also though, want to look at find a couple of thousand extra for the 190PS 2.0 TFSI petrol model which offers a lot more performance with no real efficiency downside. If you want the Avant estate bodystyle, there's a £1,400 premium over the saloon. In terms of direct rivals to this A4 1.4 TFSI model, BMW's 318i is the obvious candidate but Audi may just have priced this car low enough to tempt buyers out of more mainstream cars like the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo. Standard equipment includes alloy wheels of at least 17-inches in size, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, acoustic glazing, auto headlamps and wipers, rear parking sensors, an alarm and a chromed exhaust. Thankfully a spare wheel's provided too, rather than one of those irritating tyre repair kits. Inside, there's 3-zone climate control, a 'keyless go' push button starter, cruise control with a speed limiter, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and the 'drive select' system that allows you to tweak throttle and steering to suit the way you want to drive.

Cost of Ownership

We've mentioned the Turbo part of the TFSI moniker, but the 'FSI' part plays a big role in making this 1.4-litre engine so efficient. 'Fuel Stratified Injection' means the optimum amount of petrol is directly injected into the engine cylinders at the critical moment instead of being mixed with air in a carburettor and sucked in as part of the normal combustion cycle. The effect of this, in tandem with the turbocharger's recycling of exhaust gases, means this engine can deliver the same performance as a standard powerplant but in doing so, use 10-15% less fuel. As a result, the A4 1.4 TFSI can return just over 53mpg on the combined cycle. With CO2 emissions of 126g/km, annual tax will be £110 or for those who choose the A4 as a company car, it will have a Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) rate of 20%. In comparison, an A4 2.0 TDI 150PS ultra model manages 74.3mpg and 99g/km. All A4s come with a three year 60,000 mile warranty which can be extended to four years/75,000 miles or five years/90,000 miles for a fee. Audi residuals are some of the best in the business, assuming you pick a desirable engine and trim combination. Some restraint on the all too tempting options list will help too.