Audi adds new entry-level diesel engine to A6 and A7 line-up

Audi has extended the engine line-up on its A6 and A7 saloons with the introduction of a 2.0-litre diesel unit –which it’s given the moniker40 TDI.

The 40 TDI is available on the A6 Saloon and Avant (estate) models from September, and the A7 from October.

The 40 TDI unit delivers 201bhp, and is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds on the A6 Saloon and 8.1 seconds on the A6 Avant and A7 Sportback.

It’s the cleanest engine in the range, delivering a fuel economy figure of 62.8mpg on the A6 Saloon and 60.1mpg on the A6 Avant and A7. CO2 figures range between 117g/km and 124g/km.

It will be the first time a four-cylinder will have been used in the A7, and while initially it will only be available with front-wheel-drive, a four-wheel-drive Quattro option is expected to join the line-up later in the year.

Mild-hybrid technology features on the new engine (as it does with all A6s and A7s), and offers tech that can recover power while the car is decelerating between speeds of 34mph and 99mph.

Audi claims the new engines will be just as refined as higher-displacement units, while the same impressive cockpit features, too.

This means the A6 and A7 come with two touchscreens as standard – one controlling functions such as the infotainment and the other climate control, for example. A larger 10.1-inch screen is available, and adds a more advanced satellite navigation, Virtual Cockpit and wireless phone charging. This is an option on the A6, and as a standard feature on the tech-laden A7 Sportback.

Prices for the 40 TDI start from £38,640 on the A6 Saloon, £40,470 on the A6 Avant and £47,140 on the A7. The new engine is available to order now.

Ted Welford


August 17, 2018

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