Can not distinguish the new Audi A4 from the old? You need a keen eye.
For people with such tendencies, here, geek guides on tutorials. The rearview mirrors on the new Audi A4 are attached to the door skin; on the previous model they protruded from the corner of the glass door.
If absorbing that level of detail has tested your patience, you might be surprised to know this ninth-generation model is a clean design from the wheel upwards.
Despite its familiar appearance, none of the control panels are the same.
The new A4 is equipped with technology never before seen in other cars in the mid-size luxury segment. Audi calls it a quantum leap forward.
That’s why it has such a tragedy, Audi has done more to highlight the new car with a bolder design.
There is much to like, starting with the price. The Audi A4 range starts at $ 55,500 plus on-road costs, $ 600 higher than the cheapest (and less equipped) BMW 3 Series and $ 5400 cheaper than the Mercedes-Benz C- Best selling class.
Standard fares include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection (operating up to 85km / h), eight airbags, rear traffic alert, ‘exit warning’ to detect riders bicycles and cars, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, rearview camera, 8.3-inch center screen display, tablet-style and space-saving accessories (rare in this class and a welcome addition. welcome).
LED headlights, standard on all models, automatically adjust their beams according to the conditions.
At highway speeds, the lower light beam is oriented the higher and the further away from the road is allowed.
In city and suburban driving, low beam LED lights emit a wider beam of light to help illuminate walkways, driveways and side roads.
1.4 is good for city and suburban travel, and flies fun at highway speeds
The new Audi A4 will even minimize a rear crash. If a vehicle is about to stab you from behind, sensors at the rear bumper can detect the imminent impact, and flash the brake light to try to alert the oncoming driver.
If the A4 senses an imminent impact, it will prepare the tensioner in front of the seat belt and automatically close the power windows to protect occupants in debris.
Available as an option for $ 1900 on all A4 models, the package includes radar cruise control with stops and traffic jam support up to 65km / h, lane keeping and automatic braking if you try to turn ahead. an oncoming car (technology first seen on the Volvo XC90).
An upward speed display is reflected into the windshield and the 12.3-inch widescreen instrument screen of Audi’s virtual cockpit is packaged as an optional $ 2100 package.
Meanwhile, Matrix Matrix LED headlights, which can dim the narrow sections of high beams in the direction of the oncoming vehicle to not blind them – while still providing high beams around oncoming vehicles – is an option choose $ 1700.
The list goes on and on. In fact, an A4 we tested during the preview (with a high-powered 2.0-liter petrol engine and all-wheel drive system) started at $ 69,900 but quickly increased. $ 92,791 with options.
On the road
There is a range of new engines with top performance, starting with the 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine shared with Volkswagen.
It has the smallest engine ever fitted to Audi A4 models sold in Australia, but it does not slip due to a turbocharging section and the range of weight savings in car design.
Audi has cut 65kg compared to the new A4 although longer, wider and more spacious – and better equipped – than its predecessor.
The 1.4 is suitable for city and suburban travel, and fun travel at highway speeds, but only a little desirable on the long steep hills on the test route between Canberra and the coast. south of NSW.
The most advanced 2.0-liter petrol engine has ample impulse and, combined with the four-wheel drive system, is like a cat. But the price of this $ 69,900 model can easily add another $ 20,000 with options.
The 2.0-liter diesel engine may sound like a Mitsubishi Triton at first, but once it warms up after a few minutes, it is one of the smoothest engines around.
The roar from tires is much louder than what we expect from a luxury car.
Diesel engines are more oomph, but with a new level of efficiency with petrol engines, diesel engines are now only meant for those who often travel long distances at high speed.
Cabin of the new A4 will feel familiar to the current owner; It is very German and pragmatic, instead of luxurious or elegant.
On the media preview drive, comments were divided. Some people like simplicity, I think it lacks the level of Mercedes. Most agree, though, at least, the new Audi A4 has a better cabin than today’s BMW 3 Series.