With front-wheel drive, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the all-new 2017 Audi A4 Ultra’s EPA highway fuel economy figure is 37 miles per gallon.
Audi says, “No other luxury sedan in its competitive segment offers higher EPA-estimated city or highway mileage” than the new fuel-sipping A4, which the Environmental Protection Agency ratesÂ atÂ 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg combined.
The EPAÂ scores the rear-wheel-drive BMWÂ at 32 mpg city and 42 highway and the 330eÂ at a combined 72 mpge equivalent. Audi presumably excluded these non-entry-level, uniquely poweredÂ models from the “competitive segment” definition.
The A4 Ultra, which improves upon the standard front-wheel-drive 2017 Audi A4’s 25/33 mpg ratings, is reduced to 190 horsepower and 236 lbs-ftÂ of torque from the usual A4’s 252 horsepower and 273 lbs-ft.
Non-diesel rivals such as the BMW 320i, Mercedes-Benz C300, and Lexus IS200t have combined EPA fuel economy ratings of 28, 28, and 26 miles per gallon, respectively. Even the Audi A4’s little A3 brother maxed out at a combined 27 mpg in MY2016.
Including delivery fees, pricing for the 2017 Audi A4 Ultra begins at $35,850 in Premium guise â€” a $2,400 savings compared with the typical front-wheel-drive A4 2.0T â€” and $39,650 for the Premium Plus.
Audi also uses the Ultra badge on a particularly high-mileage version of the Audi A3 e-tron.[Image: Audi USA]