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.
Audi A4 Style
As we mentioned, the new A4 is bigger than the current car in every dimension. And this is obvious when one looks at the car in the flesh. What’s also obvious is that Audi designers haven’t been too adventurous with the new car’s design. It is more of an evolution of the current car. But, it does look smarter and more premium.
The headlights are new and now come with the option of Matrix LEDs. The hood gets four clear ridges to add visual muscle to the car. And besides that gaping chrome grille, the latest Audi design signature, the new A4 also has a better-defined bumper, the lower half in particular. It still has similar proportions in profile though, and even at the rear, there’s no real awe inducing style element. The new tail lamps, however, do look much nicer now.
Audi A4 Space
With the interior, Audi has cleaned up its act quite literally. Apart from the use of richer quality materials, there’s reduced clutter to make it more visually appealing. The beige-black dual tone palette will be a popular choice and adds to the luxurious flavour, but the light upholstery does stain quite easily. An all-black layout would be our choice. Overall, it feels old school, especially because of the wood-finish panel that runs across the dash and onto the doors. And that’s where it’s joyfully misleading.
The interior may seem classical, but the tech is EDM. Beginning with the touch-sensitive three-zone climate control console, which has been smartly integrated. Long story short, unless you want to change the air-conditioning settings you don’t need to push the switches. You can view the functions a button can shuffle through by simply touching it and the relevant information is displayed on the panel above. No surprise that the AC works fast and efficiently, but what is surprising is the exclusion of ventilated seats, which Audi does offer as an option overseas.
What’s nice is that even with additional gizmos, Audi has not only retained the old car’s easy ergonomics, but improved on them. The rotary dial to operate the multi-media interface (MMI) feels like an iPod to use and there’s no lag between it and the seven-inch display. It also comes with MMI touch, wherein you can enter inputs for navigation and telephony through handwriting recognition.The gear selector itself is shaped to act as a palm rest while you use this dial. Additionally, there are rocker switches to quickly access the most commonly used features like navigation, media and radio. MMI does get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the screen isn’t touch-sensitive, which does take away from the functionality of these apps a little.
Notably, the sound system, while appreciable, feels lacking for a car that will cost close to Rs 50 lakh on road. It sounds a tad flat at higher volumes, the rear seat occupants can feel the sub-woofer’s vibrations and it doesn’t feel powerful enough when turned up all the way. The Skoda Superb’s Canton audio system, for example, envelops you in the music in a way that the stock Audi sound system just doesn’t.Of course, what’s a fancy car without some gimmicks? Enter, the Audi Virtual Cockpit. This instrument cluster consists of one LCD display that can be customized to view a range of information, including drive data and media information. The biggest draw here is the navigation display, which makes it easy to follow the route guidance without taking your eyes off the road.Apart from the usual must haves like a sunroof, electric seats with memory, steering mounted controls and a push button starter, you also get an inductive phone charger under the driver armrest and touch-sensitive cabin lights.
Importantly, it’s easily one of the better cars in the segment for the chauffeur-driven lot. Two people who are up to 6ft tall can sit one behind the other and there’s adequate knee, leg and headroom too. For perspective, it beats the 3 Series and Jaguar XE in cabin space, while trading a few punches against the C-Class. The seat cushioning is spot on and is just firm enough for long distance comfort. There’s adequate lateral support even in the rear bench and sharp turns will see the back seat occupant held well in place.
However, even though the A4 hasn’t been launched with Quattro in India, there is a big floor hump which makes it a four seater at best. We also wish the rear backrest was a bit more reclined, which, heftier people in particular, will find a tad upright. What’s also missing is a set of infotainment controls for the rear occupants, which should have ideally been integrated into the central armrest in place of the shallow storage space you currently get.Despite these shortcomings, it’s still one of the most practical cars in the segment. You even get a big boot with nice touches like a luggage net and baggage hooks, and importantly, the spare tyre sits UNDER the boot floor, not on it. To know more details on Audi A4 visit Iiit-bh
Audi A4 Performance
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.
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. Apply car loan for Audi A4 .
Audi A4 Driving
At low speeds the A4 is very comfortable. It deals with bad roads quite well and doesn’t crash or get noisy through potholes. Even at high speeds, it remains stable and body-roll is well in check even during sharp lane changes. Stopping power is strong too and a hard braking test saw the car go from 80kmph to a dead stop in 26.88 metres. That’s almost the same as the Ignis diesel, a car that weighs around half a ton less!
The steering, however, is still standard Audi fare. It’s responsive and weighs up well with speed, but lacks feedback. There’s a fair amount of guesswork and corrective steer needed while attacking corners/long curves and a more communicative steering would’ve worked wonders in making the A4 appealing as a driver’s car.Drive Select, which alters the steering and gearbox response (suspension remains unaffected), doesn’t change the behavior dramatically either. So even in Dynamic mode, you don’t get that desirable connect to the front tyres. That said, the steering’s great to grip, is light enough to make filtering through traffic a breeze and gets the job done while cruising too.
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 Cost in Chennai
Audi A4 On Road Price is 50,34,458/- and Ex-showroom Price is 41,47,000/- in Chennai. Audi A4 comes in 5 colours, namely Tango Red Metallic,Ibis White,Mythos Black Metallic,Moonshine Blue Metallic,Floret Silver Metallic. Audi A4 comes with FWD with 1395 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 150 bhp@5000-6000 rpm and Peak Torque 250 Nm@1500-3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 8.5 seconds . Audi A4 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .Check Audi A4 price in Chennai at Autozhop.
Audi A4 Conclusion
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.