The new Audi S4 TDI hasn’t received the warm welcome from enthusiasts that Audi likely had hoped for. Instead, fans and enthusiasts have been upset at the S4’s switch to diesel power and its lack of performance/excitement. But after a rocky start, can the S4 TDI redeem itself by taking down one of its main rivals? Car Throttle recently found out.
In this new comparison test, the Audi S4 Avant TDI takes on the Mercedes-AMG C43 Estate. While these two cars (in their various forms over the years) have traditionally been very close. This test marks the first time that one is a diesel and the other is gasoline-powered, though.
Powering the Audi S4 TDI is a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 diesel, making 348 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. So it has slightly less horsepower than the outgoing gasoline-S4 but far more torque. As for the Mercedes-AMG C43, it gets a 3.0 liter turbocharged gasoline-powered V6 that makes 385 hp and 384 lb-ft. So it has more ponies but fewer torques.
But which is better to drive?
According to CT, the Mercedes-AMG C43 Estate is the winner. It’s the quicker car, thanks to its engine’s better power and responsiveness, and its gas engine is more enjoyable to use. It also makes a much better noise. It’s also the more enjoyable to drive, with a better chassis and enjoyable dynamics.
That’s not to say that the Audi S4 Avant TDI is a bad car, as it does have its merits. For instance, it’s almost as quick as the pseudo-AMG while also being far more efficient. It’s also a bit cheaper. So it is the more pragmatic choice.
Having said that, you don’t buy sporty cars for pragmatics. You buy sporty cars for fun and the Mercedes-AMG C43 Estate is more fun. So it wins. We’re just thankful we get a proper S4 engine here in North America.
[Source: Car Throttle]