In the A4 2.0 T’s case, the six-speed handbook gets not just Quattro four-wheel drive, but an uprated 2.0-litre TFSI four with 155kW/350Nm compared to the front-drive 2.0 T Multitronic’s 132kW/320Nm.
You’ll pay an additional $11,651 for the privilege, but the 2.0 T Quattro as best used luxury cars under 10000 is garnished with additional gear, too namely xenon headlamps with LED strips, front parking sensors, electrical front chairs with electrical lumbar, a sports steering wheel, keyless entry and start, and 6-disc audio with a 6.5-inch color screen.
But the cover story is the 2.0 T’s engine– a fresh-for-’09 upgrade of the 147kW/280Nm direct-injection turbo that has been doing sterling service considering that 2004. Power is up 8kW to 155kW (at 4300-6000rpm), but torque has leaped 70Nm to a V6-bashing 350Nm, readily available from 1500-4200rpm.
The engine’s compression ratio has dropped from 10.5:1 to 9.6, allowing it to produce complete thrust on 95 octanes, however, it remains exceptionally effective. Audi as german luxury car brand declares the manual 2.0 Twill strike 100km/h in 6.6 sec– just 0.2 sec slower than the 3.2 FSI– yet averages a diesel-Esque 7.4 L/100km, which is outstanding for a big petrol sedan.
Changes to the TFSI 2.0-liter are modest but efficient. It ratings variable lift on the exhaust camshaft, chain drive, brand-new six-hole injectors, optimized turbocharger internals to enhance the action, a lighter and more efficient intercooler, and minimized friction for the conrod bearings and cylinder linings. It likewise satisfies stringent Euro V emissions guidelines.
On the road, the engine’s muscle is immediately apparent. Pace collects swiftly from 1600rpm, however, it ends up being immediate at 2000rpm and never slows down till about 6500rpm. The redline reads 6800rpm, however, there’s little point stretching that far– the 2.0 TFSI does its best work in its buxom mid-range, and sounds happier there, too, if never as rorty as it has in other applications. And it’s matched to a great six-speed gearshift. If you can’t drive the A4 2.0 T handbook smoothly, perhaps you shouldn’t be driving at all. And you can use Audi advanced key, too.
Then there’s the rest of the B8 A4 experience. On fairly unsporting 225/50R17 Dunlop SP Sports 01s, and without Audi’s problematic ‘Drive Select’ three-mode suspension, the A4’s trip is great, but its steering is numb at straight ahead and, while quick off-center, sends little feel. The 2.0 T Quattro is capable enough when the going gets difficult, but it never actually motivates press-on driving. It would certainly feel sharper with ‘Drive Select’, however, then its ride would be minimized to tatters.
Is Audi a german car? Yes, of course.