Audi tweaked the A4’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine to give the A4 Ultra an estimated 31-mpg combined fuel economy. That’s about 10 percent more on a gallon of fuel than before, according to the EPA.
But it’s a trade-off. With the engine’s efficiency tweaks, the A4 Ultra makes slightly less horsepower – 30-horses less to be exact. Paired to Audi’s seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission, the engine delivers 190-horses with 236 pound-feet of torque. That’s also 22 lb-ft less torque than last years model, if you’re counting. It’s also slower than other A4s. It loses .5 seconds in the 0 to 60 mph sprint and hits it in 7.1 seconds.
The end game in all this is that Audi claims the 2017 Ultra’s 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway miles are best-in-class. At least at the time of the publication. That could change when the 2017 BMW 328d arrives. It’s still delayed by U.S. diesel red tape, but the 2016 328d earned a EPA-rated combined average of 36 mpg as well as ratings of 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.
Along with getting better gas mileage, you’ll save a few bucks on the 2017, too. The base “Premium” trim starts at $35,850, including destination. That’s about a grand less than the outgoing model. Even with the price drop, Audi isn’t cutting corners on technology. The A4 Ultra offers Audi’s new virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation system, pre sense rear, and side assist. Audi pre sense basic and city comes standard.
The A4 Ultra is offered alongside the standard A4 model.