Audi A4 Overview
The success of Audi cars in India has seen the launch of new sedans meeting the customer desires of luxury and power at amazing costs. The Audi A4 series has been a tremendous success among the lot. The latest edition of Audi A4 is loaded with superior technology equipment, and the interior luxury and comfort have been taken to the next level.The innovative architecture of the interiors with high quality material, spacious and comfortable seating, and sharp featured body design and equipment highlight the luxury and dynamic stance. Book a Test Drive for Audi A4 Tryaldrive
Audi A4 Look
At first glance, you would think Audi has its work cut out because unlike the fresh and more athletic looking all-new Q7, which has a completely different personality to its gargantuan predecessor, the new A4 doesn’t stray from the script, wearing the same understated and conservative look as before. But whilst it may not look fresh and exciting, you can’t help but be impressed with the A4’s superb proportions and clean, well-sculpted body with lots of interesting details in true Audi tradition.
Audi’s signature hexagonal grille is a tad larger than before whilst the headlamps are slimmer with an interesting kink at the bottom. Of note is the fact that Indian cars are expected to get Matrix LED headlamps. The tail-lights, which now taper sharply into the boot lid are also new. In fact, every body panel which has sharper creases is completely new and a lot of work has gone into improving the aerodynamics of the car, and the A4’s drag coefficient of 0.23 is a record for the class. There’s lots of serious engineering work that’s gone into the Audi A4, which despite being longer and wider, is now 120kg lighter than before, but more significantly, it’s even lighter than the equivalently specced 3-series, C-class and XE. The key to the new A4’s lightweight construction is the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform made of a mixture of aluminium and steel, which underpins cars with a longitudinally mounted engine.
Audi A4 Comfort
The Audi A4 model interiors have leather upholstery with an option of choosing between natural leather and artificial leather. The front seats have been given an electrical function with memory for the driver seat and lumbar support, and central armrest. The interior fit and finish have been enhanced with door sills with aluminum inlays and there is also a glass sunroof for enhanced comfort. The entertainment features include the Audi sound system with radio/navigation control and multifunction buttons on the steering wheel.The interior’s functional design could have been more imaginative, but like the exterior, it’s low-key and exudes quality. The dashboard has lots of horizontal elements like full-width decorative strips and air-con vents, which accentuate the width of the cabin. There’s decent storage space as well, but what really stands out at night is the classy, cool, white lighting on our test car.
The increases in dimensions have translated to increased passenger room and it’s safe to say that the A4 is the most spacious car in its class. The front seats are very generous with lots of room to suit anyone, whilst at the rear, headroom and legroom are surprisingly good too, and the scooped out backs of the front seats liberate a few more crucial inches. But, let’s be clear. The A4 is a mid-size luxury sedan and if you’re looking primarily for chauffeur-driven comfort and back seat space, you’d be far better off in a Camry or Superb, if you’re not fussy about the badge. Also, the A4’s high transmission tunnel makes seating three passengers at the back a bit awkward. The boot, however, is a very useful 480 litres.
Audi A4 Gearbox
Audi India is yet to disclose the final engine-gearbox options for India but we’ve learned a 150hp, 1.4 turbo-petrol, a 190hp 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and a 272hp, 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel are likely candidates for our market. However, the mainstay of the range will be a 190hp 2.0 diesel, a VW Group engine that’s just been introduced in the Superb. VW plans to locally assemble the EA288 to save costs, which makes it the de facto 2.0-litre engine for any of the VW Group brands, including Audi. Interestingly, there is a high possibility this engine will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox in entry level trim. However, we drove the version with a seven-speed dual clutch which is likely to be the most popular among A4 buyers in India. It takes less than a kilometre to realise that the new A4 scores big on refinement. Engine, road and wind noise are so well contained that at cruising speeds, the car is remarkably hushed. It’s only when you accelerate hard that you hear a murmur from under the hood. Still, compared to the coarser sounding BMW 320d and Mercedes C 250 d, the Audi 2.0-litre TDI feels quite un-diesel like.
And unlike the 320d, which packs quite a punch in the mid-range thanks to its peakier torque curve, the A4’s power delivery is more progressive. That’s not to say the A4 isn’t quick. In fact, the Audi sedan builds up speed deceptively thanks to the smooth engine and linear way in which the healthy peak torque of 400Nm kicks in.Engine response is pretty good thanks to reduced turbo lag and the 7-speed DSG transmission gives a far more connected driving experience than the old A4’s CVT. In Sport mode, it waits for the redline before upshifting, and downshifts are more aggressive too. You really don’t need to manually intervene by using the paddle shifts except on a twisty road where you would want more control.
Audi A4 Rideing
The A4’s dynamic character hasn’t changed in the sense that providing an easy driving experience is still a clear priority over driver involvement. However, that’s not to say ride and handling hasn’t taken a big leap forward. It has, to make the A4 a far more relaxed car to drive than before, especially on the highway where the excellent straight-line stability gives you immense confidence to hold high speeds all day long. Ride comfort too is simply superb thanks to a supple suspension which manages to nicely round-off the rare sharp edges we found on UK roads, even with the larger 17-inch rims. The India-spec car is likely to get 16-inch wheels with taller tyres to expect an extra layer of cushioning which is useful on our roads. Adding to the sense of calm is the silent way in which the suspension works, muffling out bumps and expansions joints.
What comes as a pleasant surprise is the A4’s steering, which is now quicker and more responsive than anything we’ve experienced in an Audi sedan. There’s a lot more front-end bite and the A4 is more eager to turn into corners. However, when you push hard, you’ll find the steering is ultimately lacking in feel and the nose-heavy, under-steery setup does take away some of the fun factor. Ultimately, it doesn’t engage the driver like a 3-series, which has the advantage of rear-wheel-drive adjustability that true enthusiasts love. So, on a road where the 3-series or Jag XE will have you grinning from ear-to-ear, the A4, at best, will put a smile on your face.
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 in Hyderabad
Audi A4 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad. Check for Audi A4 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
Audi A4 Bottomline
The Audi A4 has a perfect blending of high power and luxury, and has a powerful presence on the road with the latest-in-technology equipment and styling features.No doubt, the A4 could have done with a more imaginative design and a bit more personality, but Audi has instead developed a car that widens the appeal to its core audience. It’s superbly built, inside and out, and comes with more class and sophistication. Looking at the way Audi has aggressively priced its new launches, you can expect the base A4 to be priced competitively under Rs 40 lakh when it goes on sale this August. Audi finally has the firepower to win the luxury compact sedan war.