The Audi A4 scooped our Business Car of the Year award just a month ago thanks to voting by BusinessCar readers.

While most fleets looking for a more powerful diesel will opt for the superb 170PS 2.0-litre engine, we’ve widened our horizons and tried the 2.7 TDI, which comes with a cost per mile of 58.9p, according to KwikCarcost.

Unfortunately, the 2.7 diesel delivers just 20PS more than the 2.0 TDI, and when twinned with a standard auto gearbox doesn’t feel much quicker. Indeed the 0-62mph times uphold this with the 2.0-litre managing 8.6 seconds and the 2.7-litre just 0.3 seconds faster.

Fleets also won’t be that impressed that the 2.7 TDI comes in above the 160g/km capital allowance threshold.

But this more powerful diesel is the same great A4 Avant as offered in the rest of the range, however we’d recommend you save £3425 and go for the 170PS 2.0 TDI instead.

Audi A4 2.7TDI S-line estate auto
P11D price £31,100
Model price range £20,610-£35,570
Fuel consumption 43.5mpg
CO2 (tax) 169g/km (24%)
BIK 20/40% per month £124/£248
Service interval variable
Insurance group 15
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 490/1430 litres
Engine size/power 2698cc/190PS
Top speed/0-62mph 140mph/8.3secs
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Score 6/10
Verdict A4 may be Business Car
of the Year, but in this option
is best left for retail buyers