To some people, the Audi S4 Avant ticks all the right boxes by being a do-it-all type of car. It’s seriously quick and practical, not to mention good-looking and comfortable. It’s also loaded with tech and offers that type of refinement cars from Ingolstadt are praised for, but the facelift it received last year raised some eyebrows. Not because of the styling changes, but due to the entirely different engine installed in the Euro-spec cars. Namely, a diesel.
A diesel in this day and age seems quite an odd choice for a performance car, especially in the aftermath of the messy scandal at the Volkswagen Group. That didn’t stop Audi from giving the revised S4 a 3.0-liter V6 TDI mill equipped with mild-hybrid tech. Auditography had the opportunity to shoot an exquisite Tango Red example of the posh family hauler and evaluate its performance in a quick acceleration test.
Putting those 342 horses and 516 lb-ft of torque to good use, the S4 Avant did the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 4.76 seconds as opposed to the official 4.9-second sprint time announced by Audi. That’s not too shabby from what is first and foremost a family car, one that looks arguably better than before thanks to the significant facelift.
This video is also a good opportunity to hear the engine’s soundtrack, which honestly isn’t half bad for a diesel. Time will tell whether Audi’s decision to switch from TFSI to TDI power for the Euro model will prove to be a wise choice, a move the Four Rings have also taken for the S5, S6, and S7 models on the Old Continent.
Diesel engine aside, we’re just glad the S4 Avant is still around as we’re always concerned the proliferation of SUVs could spell the end of some wagons. Hopefully, that won’t be the case for Audi and they’ll continue to sell Avants in S, RS, and Allroad flavors. The more the merrier.