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AUDI A4 SALOON

35 TFSI Technik 4dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound]

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Audi's revised MK5 model A4 is at its most accessible in base 35 TFSI petrol guise. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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 revising 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 1.5-litre powerplant that features on the base 35 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

Back in 2015, Audi 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 1.5-litre 150PS engine can accelerate to 62mph in 8.6 seconds and top speed is 139mph, in line with its nearest rivals. There's the choice of either 6-speed maniual or s tronic 7-speed auto transmission With this 1.5-litre model, you don't get the option you would further up the range of 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 external changes made to this fifth generation A4 are relatively slight. The full-LED headlamps have been re-designed and flank a broader, flatter Singeframe grille complemented by re-sculpted bumpers. Otherwise, it's as you were, which - to remind you - sees this MK5 model A4 riding on a light, stiff MLB platform and boasting the lowest drag coefficient in its class. As ever, there's a choice of either saloon or Avant estate bodystyles, the latter offering 505-litre boot - or 1,510-litres with the rear seats folded. The interior's been updated too and gains the brand's latest classy centre-dash 10.1-inch 'MMI touch' infotainment display, though unfortunately, that means you lose the previous lower-set rotary controller. The voice control system has been improved and, as before, you get access to the full suite of 'Audi connect' media features. They include online traffic sign and hazard information, an on-street parking search function and newly introduced traffic light information functionality. You view another screen through the steering wheel; Audi's 'Virtual Cockpit' TFT 12.3-inch monitor has now been standardised, so you have to have virtual dials. Overall, you wouldn't call the appearance of this A4's cabin exciting but it would certainly be a soothing environment for long journeys.

Market and Model

The £30,000 price point makes the Audi A4 35 TFSI an interesting proposition. You're looking at a £1,750 saving on the equivalent 150PS '30 TDI' 2.0-litre diesel version. We'd also though, want to look at find a couple of thousand extra for the 190PS '40 TFSI' 2.0-litre 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 35 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, LED 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 car's 1.5-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 35 TFSI can return 42.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. With NEDC-rated CO2 emissions of 129g/km, annual BiK tax will be affordable for those who choose the A4 as a company car. In comparison, an A4 30 TDI 150PS diesel model manages 55.4mpg (WLTP) and 103g/km (NEDC). 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.

Summary

The Audi A4 35 TFSI 150PS model is more affordable than you might expect a premium mid-sized executive model to be. Costing from just over £30,000, 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 reasonable 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 1.5-litre petrol variant: it's just that the models above it in the line-up are so impressive. The '30 TDI' diesel version with its 103g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 emissions. Or the 190PS '40 TFSI' petrol variant that's almost 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 35 TFSI has to fit the bill, you're unlikely to be disappointed.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency51.40mpg
Emissions
Emissions141.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed140mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Cruise control system with speed limiter
  • Electric boot lid release
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch includes 10.1" high resolution colour MMI display, 3D map
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • 2 USB charging ports
  • DAB digital radio reception

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electrically folding auto dimming/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • LED headlights and rear lights with LED daytime running lights
  • New design rear diffuser
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke high multi-function leather sports steering wheel with paddle shift
  • 4 way electric lumbar support
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Interior lighting
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Manual seat adjustment
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Comfort and sound pack - A4
  • High gloss package - A4

Safety

  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Hill hold assist
  • Multi collision brake assist
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense city
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

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

Technical

  • 54 Litre Fuel Tank
  • Comfort dynamic suspension

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    126
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    141

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1984
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Engine Code
    8WCA7G
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    51.4
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    45.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    150
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TFSI
  • Coin Series
    Technik [C+S]
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    22E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • 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
    4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    199
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    27.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    270
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1300
  • Top Speed
    140

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    10 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1431
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4762
  • Wheelbase
    2820
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2022

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    54
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2040
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    460
  • Max. Loading Weight
    570
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1470
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.6
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

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