2016 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Acceleration Test Showcases Virtual Cockpit, New S tronic Gearbox

Welcome to Germany and the latest creation of the Ingolstadt car brand. We are referring to the B9 generation of the Audi A4. Today, we're going to take another quick look at the Avant model and the performance delivered by one of its engines, a 2-liter TDI rated at 190 PS.
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Photo: Screenshot from YouTube made a video review that's 72 minutes long. Unfortunately, it's all in German, but you can check it out at the bottom of this story. However, the language barrier is not a problem when you're viewing the acceleration test, as the numbers pretty much translate themselves.

Let's look at the specs before we examine the performance. Under the hood of the A4 Avant is a 2-liter TDI engine with four cylinders, DOHC and a single turbocharger. It produces 190 hp (187 bhp / 140 kW) and 400 Nm / 295 lb-ft between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm.

Older A4 models also had a powerful 2-liter engine. However, they didn't come with the 7-speed S tronic gearbox, which is a brand new twin-clutch unit, making us forget all about those dreadful CVTs. Using a FWD setup, the German automobile is capable of reaching 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and going on to a top speed of 231 km/h (144 mph). Adding the AWD option lowers that time to 7.4s.

Of course, there are several more powerful Audi A4 Avant, including a 252 PS 2-liter TFSI and the flagship of the range, a 3.0 TDI making 272 PS and fitted as standard with quattro and an 8-speed automatic. However, while that one is over two seconds faster, it's also €10,000 more expensive.

Something else we enjoy seeing in this video is the Audi Virtual Cockpit system. It replaces the conventional dashboard with a 12.3-inch display that also works with the navigation system. The cool thing is that, at €500, it's a much cheaper option on the A4 than on the TT.

That doesn't mean options are cheap, though. For instance, MMI Navigation can cost as much as €2,700 with the biggest touchscreen display, while the Matrix LED headlights cost €1,900.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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