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2017 Audi A4 Ultra Gets Big Boost in Fuel Economy

Most efficient A4 in the North America by a large margin

Most efficient A4 in the North America by a large margin

A more efficient variant of the Audi A4 is coming to dealerships this fall. The 2017 Audi A4 Ultra gets an EPA-estimated 27/37 mpg (8.7/6.4 L/100km) city/highway, a huge improvement from the standard model’s 25/33 mpg (9.4/7.1 L/100km).

Like the rest of the A4 lineup, the Ultra utilizes a 2.0-liter TFSI engine. However, it makes just 190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque compared to the standard model’s 252 hp and 273 lb-ft. To boost fuel economy, the engine utilizes a combustion method with shorter compression and longer expansion phases. The compression ratio is now 11.7:1, up from 9.6:1.

Along with improved efficiency, the A4 Ultra also offers a lower price point. Prices start at $35,850 USD for Premium models or $39,650 USD for Premium Plus models. These trims usually start at $38,250 USD and $42,050 USD respectively. All A4 Ultra models are front-wheel drive and come standard with a host of features including a panoramic sunroof, ambient LED interior lighting, and Audi pre sense basic and city safety systems.

Audi says the A4 Ultra reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 7.1 seconds. That’s quite a ways off from the 6.1 seconds Audi estimates for the front-drive A4 2.0 TFSI. Those going for speed may want to opt for the 2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro we recently tested, which hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

Despite the drawbacks, Audi argues the A4 Ultra is more efficient than its competitors. And that’s true, if you’re comparing it to the BMW 320i (23/35 mpg (10.2/6.7 L/100km)), Mercedes-Benz C300 (25/34 mpg (9.4/6.9 L/100km)), and the Lexus IS 200t (22/33 mpg (10.7/7.1 L/100km)).

Pictured below is the 2017 Audi A4.

Source: Audi