The ‘e’ (or economy) model not only manages exceptional fuel economy but can still hold its own in day-to-day traffic with a 0-100km/h time of 9.5 seconds. Top speed is 215km/h and in Europe at least, RRP is 30,800 euros, or roughly AU$56,500.
Audi claims the A4 TDI e is the most fuel efficient standard-size sedan in the world thanks to its six-speed manual transmission with a final-drive ratio five percent higher than the regular A4, enabling a reduction in engine speed in each of the six gears.
The engine-management system has also been modified for maximum efficiency and to increase fuel-saving even further, the A4 TDI e has been fitted with low-rolling-resistance tyres.
Standard equipment also includes a braking energy recovery system, an on-board computer with efficiency based programming and a display of all on-board data that makes a series of recommendations to the driver further enabling fuel savings by offering tips as to their driving habits.
Unfortunately, for now at least, the Audi A4 TDI e will not be available for the Australian market.