Audi A4 Features ,Performance & Test Drive


Audi A4 Overview

Audi launched the A4 last year with much fan-fare. At that time, it only came in a petrol variant, but now they have also introduced a diesel variant and these are our first impressions of the new variant. Although we are quite familiar with the petrol A4, we shall still take you through the basics of what it’s all about. This iteration of the A4 is underpinned by the MLBevo platform that uses aluminium and magnesium in key areas to increase body rigidity and yet keep the weight down. As a result, despite being dimensionally bigger than the older car, the new A4 is 95kg lighter, but the diesel version absurdly weighs a massive 190kg more than the petrol A4. Apply car loan for Audi A4.

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…

Audi A4 Exterior & Style

The German automaker is known for its radical design alteration across generations. The newer model though looks quite identical to the previous one, yet has a sense of freshness a new generation model should have. It might not look fresh and exciting to many but the superb proportion and neat sculpted body will not let distract opinions. From the front, the sedan looks wider, thanks to the broader hexagonal grille while the headlamps are sharper, slimmer and more aggressive with a nice kink at the bottom. The design of the LED DRLs is different with two separate lines arranged in the form of 7 looks really cool.

The bonnet looks more muscular than before lending a sporty stance when viewed from the front. The 17-inch alloy wheels not only look pleasant on the move but also provide an extra layer of cushioning. The uniquely patterned ORVMs are directly mounted on the door while adding to the character is a sharp crease running on the shoulders. However, the overall silhouette of the car is identical to the previous model.

At the rear, there is sense of newness with the new LED tail lamps and slightly pronounced lip on the top of the trunk lid. The tail lamps also get integrated dynamic turn indicators which by swiping in the direction of the turn attracts the attention of the driver behind. The chrome outlined single exhaust pipe complete the rear looks.

Audi A4 Interior & Space

If the outside of this new A4 is a bit dull then the cabin is pretty much the opposite. It is where Audi has spent most of the development budget and quite intelligently. The layout and materials have been revised while the technology list has been updated.The cabin of our car had been trimmed out in a combination of white leather and black plastics but you can also opt for a full black interior. Adding to the mix are brown coloured India-specific wood inserts as well chrome bezels for all the buttons and knobs.

Both the front seats are electrically adjustable and this means you can inch your way into just the right driving position and this combined with excellent view all around makes for quite an enjoyable driving experience. The increase in length and width means there is more legroom and shoulder room at the rear which is a big improvement over the outgoing model.

The front AC vent has been extended to the length of the dash while the display for the MMI system has become a large freestanding unit. However, the element that impressed us the most was the virtual cockpit which debuted in India with the Q7 SUV. The graphics are impressive and the transition between screens gels nicely with the kind of scientific image that Audi cars have developed. The revised MMI system has become smoother and for the first time supports Android Auto/Apple Car Play.

Audi A4 Engine & Gearbox

Under the hood of the diesel Audi A4 is the 2.0-litre motor that makes 190bhp between 3,800rpm and 4,200rpm, along with 400Nm of torque ranging from 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm. A seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch automatic box gets the power on the road through the front wheels. You can hardly hear this refined motor inside the cabin, and even when you step outside, the diesel clatter is remarkably refined. This is one of the better insulated cars that we have come across till date. Off the mark, you might want to go easy on the throttle as anything less than a sedate launch unleashes some torque steer. This actually comes as a nice surprise because it just goes to show how powerful the engine is. As a matter of fact, we never really felt the need for more power in this saloon as the motor responds well to throttle inputs overall. There’s a strong rush of performance post 1,900rpm that sees the needle hurriedly hit the 4,500rpm redline before the transmission swiftly upshifts to the next gear.

The A4 has four driving modes and two gearbox modes (D and S), which is a lot. These gearbox modes – ‘D’ and ‘S’, change the character of the gearbox and it becomes much more responsive in ‘S’. We’ll first talk about the driving modes namely Comfort, Dynamic, Auto and Individual. Comfort mode is the most relaxed of the modes and as soon as you go off the throttle, the transmission quickly upshifts and coasts. In this mode, the gearbox is by default in ‘D’, but if there’s a need for extra acceleration or a need to overtake, you can always just touch the lever and it will go into ‘S’ mode. Here the transmission gets eager to hold a lower gear for instant response.

In Dynamic mode, the gearbox automatically selects ‘S’ to get the best out of the engine. It gets livelier as the transmission slots into an even lower gear to instantly respond for some thrust as soon as the accelerator is depressed. However, in Dynamic mode, the engine tends to get noticeably jerky while trying to let loose the output from the motor. This brings us to the ‘Individual’ setting that allows the user to toggle between Comfort and Dynamic setting for the engine and steering. It allows the user to select ‘Comfort’ steering responses with ‘Dynamic’ engine responses, or vice-versa.

In ‘Auto’ mode, the system mimics the user’s driving style through the throttle position, and automatically adjusts the engine, gearbox and steering response. As always, there’s a ‘Manual’ option which allows the user to shift gears as they please, through gear lever or with the paddle shifters. The A4 registered a time of 7.94sec to 100kmph which is not blisteringly quick because rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C250d and the BMW 320d are quicker with times of 7.3sec and 7.14sec respectively (the A4 bogs down initially as the gearbox goes into safe mode and does not launch properly). However, thanks to the A4’s responsive motor and quick gearbox, it is quicker in the important 20-80kmph and 40-100kmph driveability tests. For more information on Audi A4 visit Orhdc

Audi A4 Ride & Handling

The elevated suspension of the A4, exclusively made for India, doesn’t get adaptive dampers. Since this is a rigid setup you feel some pitter-patter at slow speeds over bigger bumps and potholes, but at no point does it get rough for the occupants. As speeds increase the ride gets much better and it rides flat despite the 17-inch wheels. The well-engineered dampers help absorb most undulations and bumps with remarkable poise, and combined with the brilliant cabin insulation, the A4 makes for a great long distance traveller. True, the suspension is not perfect. In fact, it is evidence of sharper imperfections where the suspension tends to thud through them and you can hear it inside the cabin. But it never gets to the point of being uncomfortable.

At higher speeds, the A4 displays excellent straight line stability with a predictable amount of roll. With a steering that’s light and precise, it seems eager to change directions, but a little more steering feedback would have made this saloon more involving to drive. The Comfort and Dynamic modes for the steering response hardly help in this regard as it just weighs up slightly more in Dynamic. On the braking front, the A4 retains impeccable composure under harsh and panic braking situations which ultimately inspires a lot of confidence.  For more information on Audi A4 check AutoZhop.

Audi A4 Safety & Security

Coming to the braking department, it’s very much predictive without any guesswork. The car can quickly shed the speed in the straight line without any fuss. In terms of safety, the car comes loaded with top-notch safety kit including 8 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, vehicle stability control system and hill assist. Other aspects include front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, warning triangle, first aid kit, tyre pressure monitoring system and anti-theft device among others.

Audi A4 Price in Pune

Audi A4 On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 48,08,710 to 55,61,052 for variants A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus and A4 35 TDI Technology respectively. Audi A4 is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Audi A4 variants price in Pune. Check for Audi A4 price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Audi A4 Final Word

Unlike the petrol version, the diesel A4 makes a strong case for itself thanks to the inclusion of a performance oriented and refined powertrain. What also goes in this saloon’s favour is the well-designed rear seat which makes it a good chauffeur driven car. Moreover, it is well priced, and has got sorted dynamics. It also benefits from impressive cabin insulation, superb brakes, long distance capability, the luxurious feel from well-designed and premium interiors, and that spectacular Audi Virtual Cockpit.

We had to try very hard to come up with points that go against the A4. The sedate looks and similarity to the earlier A4 may not appeal to everybody’s tastes, and the low speed ride is slightly firm. Also, while the output from the motor in dynamic mode can be jerky, it isn’t exactly exciting to drive either. Nevertheless, we feel that the A4 is an exponential jump from the outgoing model and one of the finer, well-rounded cars to come from Audi’s stable.

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