The 2018 “See the U.S. Desert” Road Trip. 7,674 km of touring perfection in the 2018 Audi A4

Utah. Beautiful roads, stunning scenery. Our 2018 Audi A4 was an outstanding luxury sport sedan and exceeded our expectations

Utah. Beautiful roads, stunning scenery. Our 2018 Audi A4 was an outstanding luxury sport sedan and exceeded our expectations

My wife Ingrid has for years yearned to see the United States desert.  Personally, I’ve never had a good stereotype image of the American deserts, with most of my impressions gleaned from Hollywood western movies.

The desert? Just a bunch of sand punctuated regularly with unusual looking cacti, right?

Boy, was I ever wrong.  The American desert is beautiful!

I’ll post more details of our 2018 ‘Desert Tour’ in Car and Rider’s Travel Section in upcoming weeks.

For now, I’ve just crunched the fuel consumption use for our 2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro.

I have to say, the A4 exceeded our expectations.  The (optional) “Comfort Seats” (with slightly lower bolsters than the Sport Seats and having ventilation) are firm, but comfortable.  Ingrid (who has as much interest in cars as the typical gearhead has in new refrigerators) and I agreed the A4 is the most comfortable long distance road car we’ve owned.  That’s high praise.

The A4 is more comfortable than the 2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic luxury sedan and the 1998 Mazda Millenia S near luxury sedan that once graced our driveway.

The following fuel consumption observations are for our road trip March 7-March 30, 2018, from Alberta, Canada to the United States (Idaho, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California) and return to Alberta.

2018Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro Long Term Fuel Consumption

  • Average fuel consumption for trip:  7.9l/100 km (35.7 Imp mpg, 29.7 U.S. mpg)
  • Best fuel economy:  6.6l/100 km (42.8 Imp mpg, 35.6 U.S. mpg), Kanab, UT to Flagstaff, AZ
  • Worst fuel economy:  7.8l/100 km (36.2 Imp mpg, 30.2 U.S. mpg), Nephi, UT to Bryce Canyon, UT
  • Total distance driven:  7,674 km
  • Total premium unleaded fuel used:  607.55l
  • Cost of fuel:  $641.63 (Cdn)
  • Average cost $Cdn/litre of fuel purchased in the United States:  $1.06

 

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