Under the hood of the all-new A4 beats an engine that will be the core of the brand’s diesel rebirth in North America. The 3.0 V6 TDI produces a conservative 237-hp and, as is typical with a diesel, torque that eclipses that figure — its healthy 369 lb-ft is on tap from the lowly engine speed of 1500 rpm. As a result, a manual-transmission version like our tester is capable of 0-60 runs in just 6.1 seconds — a mere 0.2 seconds slower than the twin-turbo B5 S4 of less than a decade ago.
Inside the grey Audi, the handsome new interior borrows much from the A5/S5 coupes. Amber-brown leather seats contrast well with the car, while equipment once-reserved for the highest-priced Audi offerings is now available and often standard – MMI, electronic parking brake, rearview camera, and more.