• Sep 16th 2009 at 7:21PM
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2010 Audi A4 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel Quattro

The 3.0-liter, 240-hp diesel that first served in the Audi Q7 has been assigned to duty in the Audi A4. We drove the 3.0 in the Q7 during last year's Audi Mileage Marathon, and both mileage and power didn't disappoint. Put into the A4, the oil burner with 369 lb-ft should shine like Alpha Centauri.

Audi says it will get you to sixty in 6.2 seconds with the six-speed Tiptronic and return 35 mpg at the same time as it already meets the Euro 6 standards coming in 2014. It's unlikely we'll get the treat in this corner of the Western Hemisphere, but that doesn't mean we won't keep looking out for it... especially as an Avant... with those wheels...


The Audi A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro – Highly efficient and extremely clean

* The world's cleanest diesel technology now also in the A4
* Midsize sedan consumes only 6.7 liters per 100 km (35.11 US mpg)
* Powerful engine with 240 hp and 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) of torque

Using the world's cleanest diesel technology, the 3.0 TDI clean diesel already meets the Euro 6 emission standard not scheduled to enter into force until 2014. Having debuted in the Audi Q7, the innovative engine is now coming to the A4. The powerful TDI is not only extremely clean, it is also highly efficient, using only 6.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (35.11 US mpg) in the EU cycle.

The technology package of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro comprises the engine itself and the highly efficient exhaust gas after-treatment system. A new common rail injection system that develops pressures of up to 2,000 bar, innovative combustion chamber pressure sensors and an ultra-high-performance exhaust gas recirculation system ensure highly efficient combustion which produces minimal raw emissions.

A novel DeNOX catalytic converter at the end of the exhaust system reduces nitrogen oxides. Just upstream of it, a pump injects an aqueous additive named AdBlue into the hot exhaust flow, where this solution decomposes into ammonia, which splits the nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and water. The tank is large enough that the driver never has to refill it. This is done instead by the Audi dealership during scheduled maintenance.

Using the world's cleanest diesel technology, the Audi A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro meets the Euro 6 emission standard announced for 2014. It is also very fuel-efficient, averaging only 6.7 liters (Avant: 6.8 liters) of fuel per 100 km (35.11 and 34.59 US mpg).

The innovative V6 TDI engine makes the A4 a powerful performer, needing only 6.2 seconds (Avant: 6.3 seconds) to go from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph). Top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The combination with the six-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive ensures a high degree of comfort and superior traction.

The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been a long-time BMW fan but THIS is the Audi I would buy!!! Please bring the diesel A4 Avant Quattro to the U.S. Practical, powerful, beautiful and great mileage sounds like a winner to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the A4 Avant, but those wheels look like extremely cheesy, aftermarket specials.
      • 5 Years Ago
      DO WANT.

      Give me one without the silly body kit, with a lot of hedonistic interior options, and with silver wheels, and I'm *so* sold.

      The only problem is I can't decide whether I like the idea of the manual or the DSG better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I am in love. I would also like to see this in a stick. Audi is really in the game to win and I don't think anyone has told them they cannot beat MB or BMW. I have owned maybe MB and BMWs but I will be owning a Audi next.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting to see AB was hit over the head with the inherent stupidity of using torque figures by Audi earlier this week with the Audi EV and already forgot about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey God,
      Can you hear me? Yeah, I'm that guy. Sorry. So, can Americans PLEASE have at least the option to order this set up, some day? plus 6MT?? I promise I'll be good.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Undoubtedly, they could sell a downsized turbo engine, maybe with a mild hybrid setup, for considerably cheaper (no expensive emissions crap), realizing more profit (therefore making a better business case), delivering most of the mileage of a diesel without the excessively heavy block.

      Diesels are kind of cool, but I'm strangely kind of meh about them lately. Gassers are improving so quickly that I almost wonder why bother.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have the 3.0 TDI engine in an Audi A5 with the manual gearbox. It's a great car, the engine has loads of torque all the way from 1200 RPM to about 3500, a real joy to drive really. You can barely tell it's a diesel - even when revved up, the noise inside the car is minimal, and vibration is nonexistent when moving. However, on the outside it kinda sounds like a tractor when idling :)) Also, fuel economy is great - I was once able to get 36 MPG, although the combined is usually at 29 MPG - with 18 MPG when driving fast in the city :)) And about the clean diesel - I think it's what Audi calls in Europe TDI DPF (Diesel Particule Filter). Basically, it allows the car to have less emissions and run more cleanly, however this filter eventually gets clogged up, and after 3 regenerations it has to be replaced, which can be a pretty expensive affair.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damnit I'm not supposed to want an Audi. Oh well - here, take my money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be my A4 of choice right there, although i would rather have a 6sp MT, but i don't know if any are capable of taking all that torque.

      That engine in the A4 avant makes me drool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1, agree completely. Wagon + diesel + manual = win.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I want it in an A3.

      • 5 Years Ago
      And this is why I will probably never get rid of my '04 A6 2.7 (6-Sp MT, Sport Package, and a few aftermarket performance goodies to make the daily commutes oh-so-much fun) and replace it with another Audi. An A4 3.0 TDI with a manual gearbox would be such a candidate for a replacement but, they keep all the wonderful model variants on the other side of the Atlantic.
      Oh, Audi/VW, why do you tease us so? This love affair could turn into a full-blown intimate relationship if you would just commit to us North Americans and give us your very best.
      • 4 Years Ago
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