While it might not offer the highway fuel economy figures of the turbodiesels that were once planned to be a part of its lineup, a new entry-level, detuned version of the 2017 Audi A4 will be rated at an impressive 37 mpg on the highway.
That's a figure that bests any rival in the compact luxury sedan segment.
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The new A4 Ultra utilizes a detuned, more efficiency-oriented version of the company's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine to check in at 27 mpg city, 37 highway, and 31 combined. Although it might be sized like the 2.0-liter used across the rest of the A4 lineup, the Ultra features a higher compression ratio to further reduce fuel consumption.
With just 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, the Ultra is way down compared to the 252 hp, 272 lb-ft 2.0-liter used in the rest of the A4 lineup. Still, Audi says to expect a reasonable 0-60 mph sprint of just 7 seconds for the A4 Ultra
But those figures are well above the competitive BMW 320i's 180 hp and 200 lb-ft.—and the BMW is rated at a much less impressive 28 mpg combined and 35 highway.
Opting for the A4 Ultra also slices $2,400 from the model's base price, bringing it to $35,850 including a mandatory $950 destination charge. A better-equipped A4 Ultra Premium Plus model pushes that figure to $39,650.
And if you're not tired yet, it's worth noting that the A4 Ultra's next-closest compact luxury sedan rival, at least in terms of fuel economy ratings, is the Volvo S60 T5, which nets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg on the highway but just 29 combined.