After a nice experience with the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI, I had a short encounter with the new Audi A4 1.8T which was launched just recently by Euromobil Sdn Bhd, slotted between the Audi A4 2.0 and the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI. Check out my report after the jump.
On the exterior, the car looks virtually the same except for the different alloy wheels used, it even retains the twin round exhaust pipe tips that the 2.0 TFSI has. Once I got into the car, it was pretty obvious that this was a lower spec model, the silver trim that they used was not the high grade aluminium that was in the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI. There was also less of the dark silver to go around, for example the area surrounding the gear shift in the 2.0TFSI was aluminium, but in the 1.8T it’s just grey. The seats were comfortable, but the electric adjustments were missing.
The steering wheel was a 4-spoke unit as opposed to the 3-spoke sportier one in the 2.0 TFSI, but the 4-spoke retains the useful steering wheel controls to scroll through the menu and control the audio system volume. Speaking of the audio system, the 1.8T does not have a Bose sound system so it doesn’t sound as awesome, but the sound was not too bad and it is also a 6-CD front loading changer, like the Bose system.
The Multitronic CVT gearbox mated to the 1.8 litre turbocharged engine was much more responsive than the one in the 2.0 TFSI, though I’m not sure why. If you recall my report, I talked about how I missed a few chances to cross a junction because of the lag. It could be that there was something wrong with the 2.0 TFSI’s unit. The engine note was nicer (deeper, bassier) than the TFSI’s, and in terms of power it had quite a shove to it, though far from the 2.0 TFSI’s. The Audi A4 1.8T makes 163hp at 5,700rpm with a redline of 6,500rpm, and makes 225Nm of torque steady betwen 1,950rpm to 4,700rpm.
At RM235,000, the Audi A4 1.8T Multitronic is not a bad buy really if you can’t afford the Audi A4 2.0TFSI Multitronic which now goes for a heart-breaking RM275,000. You are going to miss the Bose sound system though, and the noticably more high class ambience of it’s higher spec brother.