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AUdi A4 Facelift Review & Test Drive

Audi A4 Overview

The Audi A4 has been one of those “love it” or “hate it” models for some time, thanks to its conservative body style and rather mundane updates over the years. For 2016, Audi brought the fifth-generation A4 into showrooms, and as expected, it’s more of a facelift than the evolution we hoped for. Highlights of the new-gen model include a more defined grille with sharper points, larger and more aggressive corner air intakes, new layout for the headlight and taillight lenses, and is slightly larger over its predecessor. Inside, the car took on more gracious changes that include a cleaner dash and center stack, standard LED lighting, lightweight seats, a new MMI infotainment system with 4G LTE connectivity, and Audi’s virtual cockpit sitting behind the steering wheel. In the drivetrain department, the A4 got a range of updated engines that range in output from 148 to 268 horsepower. Check for Audi cars Price, Features & Specs at CarzPrice

Audi A4 Design & Style

We were very fortunate to get the premium S line version for our review. On any other day, I would have chosen the Brilliant Red because it is the trademark S4 colour and it simply looks brilliant but then the Scuba Blue is not bad at all. In fact, the colour does the make the car look very ravishing.The front face of the A4 looks angry and aggressive. The angular lines above the headlight meet the trademark radiator grille. The grille is finished with a chrome surround and is very prominent and bold in nature. Since this was the S Line, it gets fancy body work too for example the lower air splitter under the front bumper looks very sporty. Even the fog laps now sport an angular design.

It gets option Xenon lights with daytime running light strip. The bonnet appears stretched and flows subtly to the radiator grille. The detailing done on the front bumper like the chrome linings make it look very neat. Even the redesigned side air inlets look sporty. The silhouette looks very balanced with equal proportions everywhere. The stretched bonnet line clubbed with the constant shoulder line make the A4 look like a mini limousine. Adding a dash of sportiness is the 16″ cast aluminium alloy wheels with 5 spoke design. The ORVMs are equipped with turn indicators. It also gets a very prominent running board on the side.

See it from rear and it draws some inspiration from Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale at least the angular tail lights. The rear section has been left clean and tidy without any unnecessary lines. The twin exhausts combined with the muscular mesh under the rear bumper look very rugged.So why do I call is the “Snob Appeal” review? When it comes to design, people get impressed with characteristic features. The violent aggression of the 3 series shouts about its character while the relaxed stance and flowing lines of the C class speak about its elegance. Contrary to this is the Audi A4 which has a real snob appeal. The A4 makes sure you like her for sure without it taking any efforts to impress you.

Audi A4 Cabin & Comfort

The cabin space feels very plush and upmarket with fine quality leather stitched seats. The driver and front passenger seats get electrical controls and also have memory settings to store different positions of seats. The lumbar support can also be adjusted electrically.

Front row legroom is decent with the driver feeling confident about the cockpit. The levers and controls are placed at an easy distance and are very convenient too. The steering wheel feels similar to other Audi models with controls mounted on it. These controls do the basic functions but for the rest one has to juggle with the music system.

Rear legroom is not impressive and especially for taller passengers who would often complaint of being cramped. But then it is not just the A4 which has this issue, the same being the cases with the C Class and 3 Series too where the rear passenger comfort and space have been ignored completely.

One of the most impressive features of this car is its fantastic music system. With its amazing sound distribution inside the cabin, it scores really well. The music system can play music via Bluetooth and CDs. Our variant did not have a USB plug in but instead it had IPod connectivity jack inside the glove box. We believe a conventional USB port won’t have harmed the cabin.

It gets conventional storage options under the seat, glove box and on the door trims. It also has cup holders on the central console. If the storage options in the cabin are not enough then perhaps the 480L of huge boot space shall be sufficient for anyone to just pack the necessary and head out for a month.

Audi A4 Engine & Transmission

the A4 will get both a petrol and a diesel engine. The 1.8-litre engine will be replaced by a new and more powerful 2.0-litre that makes 190PS of peak power and 320Nm of peak torque. The engine will be mated to the 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox and will be available only in a front wheel drive layout. But as always, the diesel will be the more popular one and in this department, Audi does have a few surprises planned. For starters, Audi might bring in a manual gearbox in the A4 for the first time. The manual gearbox will be the base version and will be mated to the 2.0-litre TDI engine that will make 190PS of peak power and 400Nm of peak torque. This engine will also get a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox as an automatic option and will also be mated to a front wheel drive platform.

The one we got the chance to spend a day blasting around the legendary derestricted Autobahn though was the all-wheel-drive Quattro equipped 3.0-litre turbocharged V6. The firebreather of a diesel motor makes 272PS of peak power and 600Nm of peak torque which would make it the most power diesel in its class if Audi launched it in our country. And from what we hear, this will be the most powerful A4 variant in India till the S4 and RS4 make it to India. So, how does it drive. Well, as expected, the power comes on really strong and before you know it, you are on the right side of 200kmph (which is legal on the Autobahn) and on the way to a restricted top speed of 250kmph. The gearbox especially makes a world of a difference and as expected, the dual clutch setup is lightening fast.

Audi A4 Ride & Handling

The Audi A4 has a very good ride and the suspension soaks up bumps with ease. There is no stiffness and the sedan remains fairly composed most of the times. The suspension also feels very silent and there are no unnecessary thuds on sharp undulations too. Talking about the steering, it is direct and precise but lacks feel and even though it provides safe and predictable handling, it just lacks the involvement that rivals in the same segment provide. You can better the steering feel by switching to Dynamic mode which stiffens the wheel. The suspension remains the same in all the modes though. The tyres have excellent grip and even the stopping power is very good. For information on contact details of Audi  car dealers in Mumbai

Audi A4 Safety & Security

New generation safety equipments have been installed in the latest model of Audi A4. The car comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), with traction control and Antilock Braking System (ABS), to ensure that the driver has complete control over the vehicle during emergencies. Apart from this, the car features dual stage front airbags, side and curtain airbags, to protect the passengers from the impact of collision in the event of accidents. Contributing to its amazing safety is the ‘Servotronic’ speed-sensitive power-assisted steering wheel.

Audi A4 Price

Audi A4 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 38,92,328/- (A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus) to 44,14,367/- (A4 35 TDI Technology). Get best offers for Audi A4 from Audi Dealers in Hyderabad  Check for Audi A4 price in Hyderabad

Audi A4 Verdict

The new A4 might not be a huge step forward design-wise, but considering that the conservative approach has worked well for Audi in recent years, I don’t see why it won’t continue to bring masses of customers into dealerships. The interior is where this new car really shines, as the previous model was a bit long in the tooth, especially when compared to its main rivals. With significantly more powerful and fuel-efficient engines under the hood, the A4 has everything it needs to take up from where its predecessor left off and continue as one of the best-selling premium compacts in the U.S. The only downside here is that we still won’t get the Avant on these shores.


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