Earlier this week, Audi Malaysia announced the local availability of two new variants of the B9 Audi A4 – the 2.0 TFSI quattro and the 1.4 TFSI. The new options sandwich the sole 2.0 TFSI that was launched in September 2016. We headed to Audi Glenmarie for a closer look at the new arrivals.

Let’s start with the more exciting of the duo – the A4 2.0 TFSI quattro. The same car that this writer throughly enjoyed at the B9’s international drive event in late 2015, the mere addition of “quattro” to the variant name is selling the variant short. It’s not just the 2.0 TFSI with all-wheel drive thrown in, but a higher variant with 62 hp and 50 Nm more. When everyone else is pushing oversized badges, Ingolstadt’s humility might hamper the car in these parts.

The most powerful petrol engine at launch, the 2.0 TFSI quattro packs 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. Paired to a seven-speed S tronic wet dual-clutch automatic gearbox and permanent AWD, it completes the benchmark 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.8 seconds before hitting the electronic limiter at 250 km/h. The regular 2.0 TFSI does 190 hp, 320 Nm and 7.3 seconds; so there’s a big gap.

The new RM314,900 (OTR without insurance) range topper is a rival to the BMW 330i (252 hp, 350 Nm, 5.8 seconds) and Mercedes-Benz C300 (245 hp, 370 Nm, 5.9 seconds). However, as both the big powered small sedans from Munich and Stuttgart have been recently discontinued in Malaysia to make way for the 330e and C350e plug-in hybrids, the A4 2.0 TFSI quattro will be alone in offering a pure power package without extra batteries, so to speak.

Standard goodies include the S line package (sportier front and rear bumpers, 18-inch “Star” alloys, illuminated door sill trim, Alcantara/leather seats, sports front seats, S line sport steering wheel, fender badges), LED headlamps and DRLs, adaptive comfort suspension, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch interface and an 8.3-inch TFT colour display among other things.

At nearly RM100k cheaper is the 1.4 TFSI. The new base B9 in Malaysia is a CBU import (as with all Audis) and is priced at RM218,900. Under the hood is a 1.4 litre turbo engine with 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. Paired to a seven-speed S tronic wet dual-clutch auto and front-wheel drive, it does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 8.5 seconds on to a top speed of 210 km/h.

No S line package here, and the 1.4 TFSI rolls on 17-inch multi-spoke wheels. The headlamps are xenons with LED DRLs, and standard features include three-zone auto air con, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable front seats, the MMI Radio plus system and comfort key access.

The RM248,900 2.0 TFSI is now the middle child, and it continues to serve up 190 hp and 320 Nm at 1,450 to 4,200 rpm. The front driver does 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of 240 km/h.

There’s a new Tech Pack for it, though. Included in the pack are desirable features such as the Audi virtual cockpit full digital meter panel, Matrix LED headlamps with dynamic indicators, Audi smartphone interface (Apple Carplay and Android Auto), MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi connect and a reverse camera. The Tech Pack is yours for RM25k, which brings a 2.0 TFSI Tech Pack to RM273,900.

Read our review of the B9 Audi A4 and view/compare specs and equipment at CarBase.my.

GALLERY: Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro S line


GALLERY: Audi A4 1.4 TFSI