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Audi A4 2.7 TDI S-line Avant: Test Drive

Date: 19 February 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £31,100
Key rival: BMW 3-series

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 consumption43.5mpg
CO2 (tax) 169g/km (24%)
BIK 20/40% per month£124/£248
Service intervalvariable
Insurancegroup 15
Boot space (min/max)490/1430 litres
Engine size/power2698cc/190PS
Top speed/0-62mph140mph/8.3secs
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VerdictA4 may be Business Car
of the Year, but in this option
is best left for retail buyers


A4 may be Business Car of the Year, but in this option is best left for retail buyers