Now let’s get to the engine and performance. Powering the A4 is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and no, you don’t get a diesel option. The engine puts out 190bhp and 320Nm of torque. Now compared to this, the Mercedes Benz C200 makes 200bhp and 300Nm while the BMW 330i is in a whole different league altogether. The A4 is also front-wheel drive, no quattro here. On the gearbox front, the A4 gets a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox.
Frankly, with just 190bhp on tap, we expected the performance to be a little timid, but surprise, surprise! The A4 impressed us with the urgency of its motor. The response, even to part throttle, is immediate and there is no lag whatsoever. Switching the drive mode to dynamic makes the response even crisper and one never feels short on performance. The twin-clutch gearbox harnesses all those 190 horses so well that it makes up for the lack of a few horses putting some numbers into the picture. Audi claims that the A4 will hit 100kmph in 7.3 seconds and go on to hit a top speed of 241kmph which is pretty impressive, and it stops just as well too. Braking is very strong and progressive as well, which inspires plenty of confidence.
Power delivery as expected is very linear and that fat wad of torque means overtaking happens in the blink of an eye. Summing up the performance in one word, effortless.