Now that the new Audi A6 and A7 are out, they’re bound to be among the most popular executive cars on the market, due to their great looks and fantastic cabins. Their popularity is only going to increase now, as they’re both going to be getting new entry-level models in Europe.
Dubbed the ’40 TDI’, for reasons only known by Audi, the new entry-level A6s and A7s will come with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel. Said to make 201 hp, it’s said that both the Audi A6 and A7 will get around 4.5 liters/100 km or 62.8 mpg UK. As with all other A6s and A7s, the 40 TDI variants will be MHEVs (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles), so they will also have Battery Alternator Starters. That will help increase efficiency even further.
Most A6s and A7s sold in Europe, or at least in the UK, are company calls or fleet vehicles, so 2.0 TDI models will be very popular, as they will be more efficient than any other models. Especially when you consider the cost of fuel in Europe.
In the UK, pricing for the Audi A6 ’40 TDI’ will be £38,640 (€43,017) and £47,140 (€52,523) for the Audi A7 Sportback.
Unfortunately, for now, the Audi A6 and A7 40 TDI models will only be available in front-wheel drive. However, Quattro all-wheel drive will be available later as an optional extra. For customers looking to maximize efficiency, the front-wheel drive models are probably best, as Quattro all-wheel drive will reduce efficiency.
Now, normally, a four-cylinder diesel is not ideal in a car as luxurious and exciting as the Audi A7, or even the A6. In a car like those, you’d probably want something a bit more high-performance and exciting. But a four-cylinder diesel will be the wise choice, as it will provide adequate power with far better fuel economy than any of its alternative engines.