I follow-up my 2016 Audi A4 Diesel Review with a drive of the front-wheel drive 2.0 TFSI petrol version.
Priced from $60,900, this offering is the only Audi A4 offering, other than the base-model 1.4 litre turbo-petrol model, that doesn’t come with quattro all-wheel drive.
There were also two other differences to the diesel car I drove, this one didn’t have the Audi Virtual Cockpit and there was no head-up display.
Without the all-digital driver info screen one of the small frustrations I pointed out with the A4 was eradicated – the sun shining on the gauges.
With the more traditional gauges and driver info screen the gauges are recessed more and that means they sit back in the dashboard and out of the sunshine.
Do you really need the Virtual Cockpit?
Not really, it seems to me that you have essentially all the same functions and displays, including the sat-nav, right there in front of you.
The petrol engine is a much more enjoyable drive than the diesel.
Producing 140kW and 320Nm, the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine is both quick off the mark and enjoyable and competent on the highway.
It is also a smoother engine/drivetrain than the diesel and this helps better finish off what is an otherwise pleasant vehicle to drive.
I averaged a very reasonable 8.9L/100km in the Audi A4, this though was a little more than I might have expected given the vast majority of driving was on the freeway.
It is also a fair bit more than the claimed combined 5.3L/100km.
It was on the freeway that I got to really experience the Audi lane-keep assist function.
Watch the green lights displayed on the dash, when the car is seeing the lane markings it will keep you on the straight and narrow, it will even correct your position should you start to stray.
It’s a good system, though it does fight you a little bit when it is still picking up the lane markings and you make a sharper turn, such as on a freeway on-ramp.
The Audi also packs adaptive cruise control and this allows you to cover long distances without touching either of the pedals.
But, there was an issue here. I had the cruise control set to 110km/h, the speed limit, and all was well, that is until the car gains a little extra speed.
Even just at 111km/h (displayed on the digital speedometer) it will beep and give you an over-speed warning.
You can imagine how many times this would happen over an hour of clear freeway travel.
This long freeway trip also gave me another feel for the lack of left foot space, again, I found myself sitting slightly crooked and not entirely comfortable.
So, there are a couple of things that take the shine off what is a good-looking, solid and otherwise enjoyable car to live with and drive.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 140kW/320Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Three years
Price: from $60,900