Audi A4 Facelift Review & First Drive

Audi A4 Overview

The mid-level luxury segment which has always been dominated by the big German 3 has seen some major changes over the last few years. First came a new BMW 3 Series, then a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and finally recently a British entrant in the form of the Jaguar XE. But in all this time (around 8 years to be precise) the Audi A4 a familiar face to this association remained the same, slowly chugging along but beyond a certain point going quite long in the tooth. It has now introduced the latest generation for the sedan and on the face of it things looks quite promising. Based on the same MLB evo platform that underpins cars like the Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, it has shed close to hundred kilos, got loaded with a bunch of new tech and received an evolutionary design. So has Audi done enough to make the A4 a winner again? Read on to find out… Book a Test Drive for Audi A4 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Audi A4 Design & style

The Audi A4 exteriors feature LED headlights and LED taillights with dynamic indicators, and electrically-adjustable exterior mirrors with automatic dimming function. The Audi A4 colour options include Mythos Black, Floret Silver, Moonshine Blue, Tango Red Solid Finish and Ibis White.The 17” cast alluminum alloy wheels in 10-spoke design are featured in the A4 Premium Plus and the A4 Technology variant features a five-arm tornado design. The signature Audi grille has become larger and gets a chrome surround to add to the premium factor. We first saw the matrix LED headlamps on the new A8L and now they have made their way to this new A4. It is here that we can see that the A4 has become wider and sits a bit lower. Also the ORVMs have moved from the sides of the car to the door which adds some muscle and gives it a stronger shoulder line.

Audi A4 Cabin & Comfort

Again, there’s nothing new to report about the diesel A4 here; the cabin is identical to the A4 30 TFSI petrol car. That is to say it’s a very modern Audi cabin that scores big for material quality and ambience. Audi’s brilliant ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instruments (only on this top-spec Technology trim car), MMI infotainment system and haptic buttons for the air-con that preview the function as you run your finger on them make the cabin look and feel cutting-edge. Front seat comfort is good and passengers in the back also get plenty of room to sit comfortably. The all-important rear seat is well padded but it’s a place best suited for two occupants; the middle passenger will find space tight.

The Audi A4 model interiors have leather upholstery with an option of choosing between natural leather and artificial leather. The front seats have been given an electrical function with memory for the driver seat and lumbar support, and central armrest. The interior fit and finish have been enhanced with door sills with aluminum inlays and there is also a glass sunroof for enhanced comfort. The entertainment features include the Audi sound system with radio/navigation control and multifunction buttons on the steering wheel.

Audi A4 Engine & Gearbox

Audi will first field the B9 generation A4 with a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine, the same unit powering the Skoda Octavia base variant. It produces 150bhp and 250Nm of torque with power going to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. This is a much smaller engine compared to the 1.8-litre unit that the previous car used and is down on power/torque too but fits in with their plan to offer a more comfort oriented driving experience. Also, this new A4 has shed 95kgs as compared to the older car which means this engine has less weight to lug around. Thumb the starter button and the A4 comes on with the typical thrum of a four-pot motor. When you get moving, it is hard to notice the downsizing as the car gets off the line easily and at sub three digit speeds the engine is quite smooth letting you glide along comfortably. It is when you need to do some spirited driving that the engine begins to struggle due to its small size. The gearbox quickly drops a few cogs and holds on but you are greeted by a whole lot of noise and quite a bit of engine strain. An unhurried pace with a light right foot is perhaps the best approach to this engine as we discovered that you are able to cruise at 110kmph at just 2000rpm in seventh gear in comfort mode

What Audi may have taken away in engine capacity, it has given back in ride quality and comfort. Our drive from Bhubaneshwar to Puri took us on some amazing roads as well as some really horrible ones and on both; the A4 was able to hold its own thanks to the supple ride quality. It is a bit on the firmer side but absorbs most bumps and imperfections without sending much back to the cabin. The car is quite stable at three-digit speeds but a vague steering means you are not doing much more than pointing the wheels.

Audi A4 Ride & Handling

However, you always do get a good feeling of control at the helm and handling is always safe and predictable, which should be enough dynamic prowess for the majority of Audi A4 buyers. You can fine tune the experience to the extent thanks to the four driving modes on offer – Normal, Dynamic, Auto and Individual. Were it up to us, we’d go for the Individual setting and put the steering in Dynamic and engine in Normal. The compromise brings in the more feel-some steering from the sporty mode while doing away with its mildly jerky low-speed power delivery. The driving modes don’t alter the A4’s suspension characteristics, but the stock setup is rather nice as is. Bump absorption is excellent and the overall ride quality is largely free from that typical firmness we’ve come to expect from European cars. That the suspension does its work quietly is also something that helps maintain the calm in the cabin. If there’s something to bring up, it’s that there is perhaps a bit more up and down movement at triple-digit speeds compared to the petrol engine car. But even so, the A4 diesel feels well damped at all times.

Audi A4 Safety & Security

The Audi A4 features disc brakes with calipers and anti-lock braking system, and electronic stability control program for effective braking and controlling. The Audi A4 specifications for safety include front airbags for the driver and co-passenger, head airbags, and side airbags for the rear seat occupants. The additional safety features include a reversing camera, and parking aid at the front and rear for safe parking of the car.

Audi A4 Price in Bangalore

Audi A4 Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 38,92,656/- (A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus) to 44,14,464/- (A4 35 TDI Technology). Get best offers for Audi A4 from Audi Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Audi A4 price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Audi A4 Conclusion

The Audi A4 has a perfect blending of high power and luxury, and has a powerful presence on the road with the latest-in-technology equipment and styling features.Recommending the new A4 to anybody so far has always included a caveat about the petrol engine. It’s a good engine, no doubt, but comes across as a bit underwhelming for a luxury car. With this diesel engine, the A4 finally gets the power it always deserved. The diesel engine is strong, refined and, with an ARAI-tested fuel-economy of 18.25kpl, promises to be fuel efficient too. In fact, the diesel engine immediately makes the new A4 feel more complete and elevates it in terms of desirability.

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