Audi A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro S line 2022 Review

We drive the A4 S Line on a road test review

Audi A4 – In a world that is increasingly heading towards SUVs and Utes the Audi A4 sedan stands strong against the tide.

Audi A4 45 TFSI S Line 2022 front quarter 1With a bold and muscular lines the A4 is definitely one of the better looking sedans.

Powered by the 2.0L 45 TFSI petrol engine that delivers 183kW of power, with peak torque of 370Nm, from as low as 1600 rpm. A4 is a sporty and engaging driving experience with 0-100kmh time of 5.8 seconds while delivering good fuel economy of just 7.1L/100km.

The selectable drive mode combines well with the 7 Sp Sports DCT transmission and Audi renowned Quattro drivetrain.

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A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro front seats interior

Inside its all Audi functionality and luxury. There is a long options list but the S Line we drove comes with most features you want as standard. I would add heated seats though.

Front seats are exceptionally comfortable, rear seats a little short on knee room as are most sedans in this class but the boot is quite spacious.

Also available in a wagon version the A4 meets the balance of size, performance and practicality.

Priced from $73,500 plus the usual costs and options the A4 Quattro sedan is actually pretty good value

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A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro grill

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Good performance-economy balance
  • Comfort, Luxury and Style
  • Performance, ride and handling
  • Long options list
  • External mirrors don’t dip in reverse
  • ‘B’ pillar a little intrusive

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Audi A4 45 TFSI S Line 2022 engine

Model   

Audi A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro S line

Model Price $73,500 MLP*
Engine 2.0L 4 Cyl TFSI
Drivetrain AWD 7 Sp Sports DCT
Power 183kW @ 6,500rpm
Torque 370 Nm @ 1,600-4500rpm
0-100kmh/Top Speed 5.8 Secs / 250 kmh
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (Tested 2015)
CO2 Emissions 162 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 7.1L/100km / 8.3L/100K on test / 58L
Servicing 12 Mths / 15,000km Service plan
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Audi A4 45 TFSI S Line 2022 front

Overall Rating    

87/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 8
Style / appeal 9
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro rear

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A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro profile

A4 S Line Exterior

While not as beautiful as the sinuous A5, the A4 is still quite stylish with bold and muscular lines that befit the Quattro drivetrain. The familial singleframe grill is framed by the matrix LED headlights and the sloping bonnet. It has purpose and style.

A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro wheels and tyre

Profile shows a long sloping slightly rounded style that envelopes the 19 inch alloy wheels. Tyres are low profile and different front to back with 225/40 R19 tyres front and 255/35 R19 rear.

The rear is highlighted by a boot spoiler, horizontal LED tail lights and large trapezoidal exhaust.

A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro dash

A4 S Line Interior

Yep it’s typically Audi, which means functional and intuitive layout that has all the luxuries without making a fuss about them.

Front seats are as you would expect, comfortable but the heated seats are part of an option pack. They are however electronically adjustable with memory and additional lumbar support which my aging back appreciates.

A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro

One thing I have always liked is the size and feel of the Audi steering wheels. They are thick rimmed, flat bottomed, frame the 12 inch virtual cockpit perfectly and provide excellent feedback.

Seats are comfortable, driver ergonomics spot on and the overall ambiance is luxurious. The ambient lighting sets the mood.

The central console and stack area flows and the wireless charging tray in the central storage bin is clever and practical.

A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro rear seats

Rear seats are a touch tight as are most cars in this size of vehicle. However there is adequate head room and knee room for normal size passengers.

Audi A4 45 TFSI S Line 2022 boot

Surprisingly the boot area is quite large. Like most it is limited in height but was wide and deep to allow a decent amount of storage.

A4 Allroad quattro

A4 S Line Features

As a range topping model the S Line is well equipped including:

  • Convenience key – keyless entry and start
  • S line exterior
  • 19″ wheels with sport suspension
  • Leather-appointed upholstery
  • MMI Navigation plus with a 10-inch touchscreen
  • 3-zone deluxe auto air-conditioning
  • DAB+ Digital radio
  • Virtual cockpit with (12.3-inch) high resolution display
  • Sport front seats with electric adjustment for both seats and memory function
  • Frameless, auto-dimming interior mirror with auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Illuminated aluminum door sill trims with an S logo
  • Audi sound system (180W, 10 speakers)

Audi connect plus functionality facilitates seamless integration of online traffic, weather conditions, fuel prices, parking information and Google Maps into the A4 driving experience. Together with additional functions enabled through the myAudi smartphone app like remote lock/unlock, destination send-to-car function, service request, emergency call and more.

Despite the high levels of equipment, select option packages are available for the range, such as Assistance, Assistance plus, S line interior (where appropriate) and Carbon and black styling package.

A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro transmission

A4 S Line Engine and Drivetrain

The 45 TFSI engine variant is the most popular variant in the A4 range, and is available in all bodystyles. It produces 183kW of power, with peak torque of 370Nm, from 1,600 – 4,500rpm, delivering decidedly sporty performance.

The 0-100km/h sprint is  a reasonable 5.8 seconds in the Sedan, while delivering good fuel economy of just 7.1L/100km.

As an alternative, the 40 TDI engine in the A4 allroad quattro produces 140kW and 400Nm, with its 5.2L/100km fuel consumption delivering outstanding range.

Both the 40 TDI and 45 TFSI engines are perfectly matched to the sure-footed quattro all-wheel drivetrain for excellent road-holding, channelling power through a 7-speed S tronic transmission. In addition, the 45 TFSI engine features ultra technology, which predictively activates the quattro drive enhancing fuel efficiency.

A4 Sedan 45 TFSI quattro

A4 S Line Driving Experience

In short it’s an engaging and pleasant drive experience. The 45 TFSI engine provides enough power and torque when needed for spirited rather than outright performance.

However the Quattro drivetrain and dynamics ensure that the driver maximises the performance. Drive select also means that when you want to have a little blast, sport mode comes to the party as well.

The ride is smooth, with some road irregularities felt through the low profile performance tyres. As you may expect, the vehicle reacts directly to driver inputs through the steering, accelerator or brake, it’s a driver’s package in a daily driver.

The characteristics of the TFSI engines that provide low rpm delivery of maximum torque along with a wide peak band means relaxed and economical driving as well. They are a gem of an engine.

I’m not the greatest fan of DCT transmissions, but this is one of the better ones.

There is little road noise that can be heard so overall it’s a quiet, smooth, spirited drive experience.

Audi A4 45 TFSI S Line reversing camera

A4 S Line Safety

The ANCAP 5 Star safety rating is a little old now but the A4 is packed with all the up to date features you would expect.

These include:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection,
  • eight airbags,
  • side assist lane, change warning,
  • exit warning system,
  • cross traffic assist rear,
  • parking system plus with reversing camera,
  • tyre pressure monitor and
  • pre-sense rear

Audi A4 45 TFSI S Line 2022 driver instruments virtual dash 1

Some little daily things to note

  • Even though I’m a touch larger than the average bear, there is plenty of room for me and I was really comfortable.
  • Because of my long legs I tend to have the seat right back and the steering wheel extended, this means the ‘B’ pillar can get in the way when getting in and out. It also doesn’t leave much room for a passenger behind me.
  • Driver ergonomics are spot on though
  • I love the haptic feedback on the central screen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity and wireless charging is appreciated
  • You can connect two phones simultaneously. I tried it and it worked but wouldn’t do it as a regular thing. Not because it doesn’t work well, more because I’m a bit if a technophobe.
  • Headlights are excellent as is the auto high beam calibration.
  • The central screen has a little bit of a stuck on tablet feel about it but the functionality and clarity is excellent.
  • Reverse camera is likewise clear and spot on.
  • External mirrors don’t tip in reverse.
  • Washer and wipers work well
  • Audi Pre Sense can be a little intrusive and temperamental at times.

Audi Owner benefits

The new A4 Sedan, A4 Avant and A4 allroad petrol engine variants are offered with the comprehensive Audi service plan package, priced at $1,710 for three years or $2,720 for five years. Respectively, the diesel engine variant is priced at $2,050 for three years or $3,190 for five years. Check these figures with your local dealer for the most recent prices.

A4 S Line final thoughts

In some ways it’s a shame that the market is now so focussed on SUVs because cars such as the Audi A4 are underappreciated. Especially as it comes in a sedan and wagon version.

The A4 45 TFSI S Line is a gem of a car. Provides almost everything a family could want, is well equipped and has a little spirit for the driver in most of us.

Even though it’s some $73,500 odd in price its actually really good value compared to some other European competitors.

I enjoyed my time in the A4 and it’s definitely worth a drive if this is the type of car you are looking for.

  • 8.7/10
    Overall A4 45 TFSI S Line Rating - 8.7/10
8.7/10

Summary

Audi A4 – In a world that is increasingly heading towards SUVs and Utes the Audi A4 sedan stands strong against the tide.

Also available in a wagon version the A4 meets the balance of size, performance and practicality.

Priced from $73,500 plus the usual costs and options the A4 Quattro sedan is actually pretty good value

About Rob Fraser 1979 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.