The most efficient version of the A4 sedan comes with front wheel drive only, and eschews the need for a diesel version of the 2017 A4 range.
The United States currently has a fallout with VW Group’s diesels, as we all know, so Audi decided to leave the A4 range as a gasoline-only option. But while most of the versions of the A4 have already reached showrooms, there’s still one underway – the A4 Ultra. And it comes with great ratings – 27 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined, making it by far the most economical version of the entire family. The 2017 Audi A4 Ultra makes use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that has been reworked for maximum efficiency – it comes with a higher compression ratio (11.7:1 versus 9.6:1) and is down on power. It has 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque as opposed to 252 hp and 273 lb-ft in the regular A4. It can only be had with front traction and will sprint to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds – compared to 6.1 for the standard FWD A4.
But all that is forgotten when reaching the pump because the ratings are way higher than in the standard A4, which comes with 25/33/28 mpg with front-wheel drive and 24/31/27 mpg with Quattro all-wheel drive. The A4 Ultra is also better than its main rivals, namely the BMW 320i, Mercedes-Benz C300, and Lexus IS 200t. The A4 Ultra includes as standard the Audi pre sense city pre-collision braking, a sunroof, xenon headlights with LED running lights, 17-inch wheels, and LED ambient interior lighting. It costs $35,850 in Premium trim and can also be had starting this fall as a $39,650 option in Premium Plus guise.