Audi ups its game with new 37 mpg A4 Ultra

August 18, 2016

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. 

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