When Audi first announced that its new S4 would come with a diesel engine in Europe, fans nearly revolted. Since then, it’s been established that the new diesel-powered Audi S4 Avant is actually a good car, even if it lacks the excitement of the old petrol-powered engine. But, really, all that matters is its performance in this segment. So can the diesel S4 take on its competitors in a drag race? Carwow finds out in this latest video.
In this new drag race comparison, Mat Watson pits the Audi S4 Avant against the BMW M340i, the Volvo S60 Polestar and the Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe. The only real similarity these cars share is the fact that they’re all about as fast as one another. Aside from that, they’re all very different.
The Audi S4 Avant uses a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 diesel, the BMW M340i has a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six petrol engine, the AMG E53 also has a 3.0 liter turbo I6 but with a small electric motor helping it out and the Volvo is actually a four-cylinder hybrid. The AMG is the most powerful but it’s also the heaviest. The best power-to-weight ratio is the BMW M340i. So which one is fastest?
Well, that’s the BMW M340i and it’s not even close. It won every drag race, both standing and rolling, by a huge margin. It was also the second-best in the 60-0 mph braking test. While the Audi S4 Avant only won the braking test and came in either second or third in every other drag race. To be honest, the S4 Avant was impressive off the line in the standing quarter-mile drag race, using its Quattro all-wheel drive grip and diesel torque to launch hard off the line. However, it’s lack of top-end horsepower — due to it being a diesel — left it a bit flat as the races went on.
While the new diesel-powered Audi S4 Avant is a good car overall, it’s safe to say that it’s not as good as its petrol-powered predecessor. We get why Audi made the switch to diesel but enthusiasts should be disappointed.