Already a firm favourite as a means of upgrading the Audi A4 with big ticket luxury and technology items for an impressively small premium, the SE Technik specification has just become even more comprehensive, and even more cost effective.
At the same time, a number of the most popular engines in the A4 range that can be paired with it have also made valuable power and efficiency gains.
Available for all A4 Saloon and Avant models equipped with a four-cylinder engine, the SE Technik specification takes the more familiar SE trim level as its foundation. To this, it has until now added Milano leather upholstery, hard disk-based MMI navigation plus, Audi Music Interface (AMI) iPod connection and the Audi parking system plus with front and rear visual and acoustic guidance. Now, it also brings an exterior upgrade to 18-inch, ten-spoke ‘exclusive design’ alloy wheels (from 17-inch five-spoke wheels), and includes metallic paint.
Equally importantly, the newly enhanced option carries a revised premium of £1,000 – a reduction of £350 from the original price, despite the increase in equipment. As a result, the SE Technik option represents a customer saving of £3,025 compared with the cost of specifying the various items individually.
The underlying SE specification for the A4 is far from minimalist as well. It includes three-zone climate control, cruise control, a Bluetooth phone interface, the Audi Concert audio system incorporating digital radio reception linked to a 6.5-inch colour display, sensors for headlights, wipers and reverse parking and split/folding rear seats. Avant models also feature powered tailgate operation.
Three versions of the perennially popular 2.0-litre TDI engine are available for diesel devotees – the 143PS unit has just been boosted to 150PS, and is topped and tailed by 136PS and 177PS options, the former powering the acutely economy focused A4 2.0 TDIe. To avoid impacting on this version’s optimal efficiency, SE Technik models equipped with this particular engine will feature 17-inch alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres.