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have done a lot to change the perception that diesel vehicles are crude, stinky, black-smoke spewers, and the company's lone turbodiesel gets even better for 201L

When it come3 to performance, the biggest difference is the use of an eight-speed automatic in place of last year's six-speed.Tliis new transmission provides seamless, smooth shifts. The TDI's engine remains unchanged from last year, and is still a pleasure to drive. Upon cold start, diesel noise is barely noticeable, and gets even quieter as the engine warms up. Thanks to the 406 pound-feet of torque at a low low 1750 rpm, it takes very little throttle to accelerate or to pass in traffic.The brakes respond seemingly instantly to driver input. Steering is typical Audi: plenty of accuracy without feeling nervous.While the ride is firm on highways and straight roads and communicates bumps, the big payoff is in the canyons. This is where the large SUV

feels more like an athletic sedan, but with tons of toique.

At the track, the TDI went from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, which is about a second slower than the previous range-topping gas 4.2-liter V-8 (it'3 been superceded by a supercharged V6), and the 2011 got through the quarter mile in 16.5 seconds dl 82.3 mph. Braking from 60 mph took an impressive 124 feet, which is not bad for a 5400-pound vehicle.

The interior has all of the quality and elegance you'd expect in an Audi, with beautiful leather, clean layout, and supportive but comfortable seats. MMI still takes a little time to get used to, but otherwise the cabin is beautiful.There are new lux options for 2011, including HD radio and a panorama roof. And while can expect city/highway fuel economy of 17/25. On our drive, we saw 20.2 mpg.The 07 TDI is quiet, handles well, is fast, and is efficient It's one you can be proud :o use as a carpool vehicle with even the most gossipy of neighbors, allyson harwood

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