Audi A4 Performance & First Drive

Audi A4 Overview

Every car manufacturer worth its weight in gold has a bread and butter product. For Audi India, the Q3 SUV and the A4 sedan are it. Now, the Q3 went through a facelift recently but the A4 sedan has been about the way it is for the better part of a decade now, barring of course the updates in styling and additional gadgetry. Finally though, there is a new Audi A4 and it will make it to India very very soon. So we flew to the German countryside to put it through its paces to find out what it was all about.  Audi A4 price range in India is between 38,38,676/-to 42,64,438/, check for detail pricing of Audi A4 in Carzprice

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Audi A4 Design

Audi has never been about revolutionary change in terms of styling and the new A4 as you can see here doesn’t look much different from its predecessor. The overall stance of the car is pretty much the same with the planted and wide look that all Audis get. But put the old A4 and the new A4 together and that is when you realize that evolution isn’t such a bad thing. The new A4 gets a wider grille, which even though is quite edgy, lends a more refined and curvy look to the front. Mostly this is because of the fact that the horizontal chrome slats are well contoured and get a lot of intricate detail within them. The headlights of course are the talking points for most Audi car nowadays and the new A4 gets a set of LED headlamps with a fresh new design for the daytime running lights. Again, although not a very different look from the last generation, the LED slashes do look really cool especially when lit up to their full capacity in the day.

Move over to the rear and this wider, meaner stance continues. Again, the design is not much of a difference as compared to what it was, but many smaller changes do tend to make a large difference to the overall scheme of things. The side profile though is pretty much the same as the last gen too but you do get a few more muscular details around the side skirts and the bumper edges.

Audi A4 Cabin

There are no changes to the cabin, when compared to the petrol variant. The A4 diesel gets a thumbs up, on both material quality and ambience. There’s Audi’s Virtual Cockpit too, which is available only on the top-spec Technology Trim and that’s a bit of a downer. But, the functionality of it cannot be faulted or ignored. The HD screen gives you a clear view of navigation, infotainment and car information, as also the speedo and tachometer. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is an engaging experience, as all the information is at your fingertips and it’s in no way distracting.

There is also a 7 inch screen on the dash, which can hook up your phone, thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; and of course, there’s Audi’s own MMI interface, which is extremely user friendly. Just like in the petrol variant, space at the rear isn’t a problem too, as there’s good legroom on offer; but, in this one, it’s all about the engine and it’s the same as the one on the Skoda Superb, but with a bit more of everything.

Audi A4 Performance

Of course, 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 Driving

Just like the petrol version, the ride quality on the A4 diesel remains impressive irrespective of the quality of surface you are treading on. The suspension does a good job at soaking up the impact from minor bumps and undulations. However, it tends to crash through some of the really large and sharp potholes. The light steering and good visibility makes it an easy car to drive in the city. It turns in quickly and body roll is well contained. The steering weighs up well with speed but we would have preferred a bit more feedback. Like any German car, high-speed stability is very reassuring. The brakes do a good job at shedding speeds quickly. View offers on Audi  Cars from Audi  dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Audi A4 Safety

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

Audi A4 Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 38,38,676/- (A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus) to 42,64,438/- (A4 35 TDI Technology). Get best offers for Audi A4 from Audi Dealers in India

Audi A4 Verdict

Overall, the new Audi A4 is a complete package. For starters, it looks good from every angle. The new hexagonal grille, headlights with dual DRLs along with the sweeping LED indicators and the large air dams offers a near-ideal blend of sophistication and aggression. The cabin feels premium and uses high-grade materials. Audi has paid attention-to-detail, and every bit feels built to last.The fully digital instrument cluster, aka virtual cockpit in Audi’s terminology, continues to fascinate. It can be set up to display navigation as well as infotainment data. The updated MMI system gets the touchpad rotary dial from its more luxurious siblings. Also, the cabin offers a reasonable amount of space and the large seats offer a good amount of support.

Additionally, there’s no doubting that the A4 is a very comfortable car to travel in. Clearly, there are a lot of things working in Audi’s favour. However, one of the most important parameters for prospective buyers in this segment is the asking price. If Audi manages to price the A4 35 TDI lower than the Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI, then it will manage to attract a lot of attention. Although they have created an impressive package, will Audi India be able to pull off an impressive pricing? We’ll find it out soon.

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