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Audi A4 Test Drive

Audi A4 Overview

It may not immediately look it but this is the all-new Audi A4 that’s headed to India this August. It’s a model that will take on everything, from traditional German rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-class and BMW 3-series to cars like the new Jaguar XE and Volvo S60.

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 A4 Design

The A4 might look just like an upgrade from the front. But in reality, it isn’t. The new A4 is larger in dimensions, just like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. One major difference in the fascia is the new design for the headlamps. The side profile design is very much, A4 like however it is longer than before. The tail lamps too get slimmer as you move to the centre. It increased length of the 2017 Audi A4 is evident when you see it in person. The design feels more premium and upmarket. The LED lamps make the styling look a lot more aggressive. Check car loan for Audi A4 at Fincarz.

Despite the increase in length, the 2017 Audi A4 is lighter than before. The ultra-light alloys used on this sedan have cut down the flab. The increase in length is understood only when you see the car from close. From a distance, you do not realise the length of this car. This is a good point for those who do not believe in show-off. The tail lamps too are sleek.

Audi A4 Cabin

You can’t get a better cabin in this class if it’s sheer quality you’re after. The Mercedes C-class cabin design may still have a bit more drama, but for sheer craftsmanship, the A4 takes it to another level.The flat-bottomed steering (optional) and chunky gear lever that is standard on the S-Line trim are exquisitely finished with perforated leather, and since these are the two controls you always touch, they serve as a constant reminder of the premium materials Audi has used throughout the cabin.

There are no shiny plastics, but instead soft-touch materials everywhere and all the knobs and buttons rotate or click with a nice heft. The knurled air-con knobs with the temperature control display neatly integrated in the centre (now standard on every new-gen Audi since the TT) is brilliantly detailed. Even something mundane like the cigarette-lighter socket cover has a knurled finish!

The big highlight is Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit that’s making its way to the Indian car. The Virtual Cockpit replaces the conventional instrument cluster with a massive high-definition screen which can be configured to display the navigation map, infotainment and car information, apart from the speedometer and tachometer. Also, with the navigation moved to the virtual cockpit, the regular 7.0-inch dash-mounted screen is freed up to display other information.

Also, the display is now a touchscreen and designed to operate like a smartphone with functions like pinch to zoom in and swipe to scroll the navigation map. There’s Audi’s own MMI interface, which now has the knob rotating the right way, but for those not familiar with Audi’s proprietary interface, the A4 also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which essentially replicate your smartphone functions and menus onto the dash-mounted display. This option to operate the infotainment system may be the most familiar, but I preferred using the traditional twirl-and-click functions of the MMI – it’s far less distracting than pressing an icon on a screen, especially on a bumpy road.

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.To know more info on Audi A4 visit Kmindia

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 Engine

The 2017 Audi A4 is offered with the same 2.0-litre diesel engine with the 35 TDI nomenclature. The engine produces 188 HP of power at 4200 RPM and 400 Nm of twisting force between 1750 to 2500 RPM. The engine is now mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, unlike the earlier A4 which came with a CVT unit. Power is sent to the front wheels and there is no quattro on offer. The engine feels refined and isn’t too noisy. Power delivery is smooth and instantaneous and the sedan responds well to throttle inputs. Turbo lag isn’t felt much and the surge of power post 2000 RPM is very strong and continues till a notch above 4500 RPM. Top speed is a claimed 237 km/hr but progress dulls post 200 km/hr.

The A4 feels sprightly and eager. The gearbox understands driving styles well and responds very quickly. Gear shifts also happen fast. The new A4 is lighter than the older model by around 150 kgs and thanks to that, it feels even more livelier to drive. You also get paddle shifters and the option of shifting gears with the gear knob too. The TDI mill is also very efficient and churns out 14-15 km/l on the highways if driven sedately while under hard driving, efficiency drops down to 9-10 km/l (ARAI rating is 18.25 km/l). You get driving modes like Comfort, Dynamic, Individual and Auto though the A4 doesn’t come with an Eco mode.

Audi A4 Riding

Audi never had any issues with ride and handling. With the new platform of the 2017 Audi A4, things have enhanced further. The ride of the 2017 Audi A4 hasn’t changed much, it is still somewhat similar. Due to longer wheelbase, the suspension has been softened. The handling of the 2017 Audi A4 is crisp. The steering wheel doesn’t feel slack at any point and has good feedback. The alacrity of the chassis is at par with the other new Audis.

The A4 is designed to offer more comfort that outright handling finesse. However,it balances both these aspects well. Braking is right up there too. What impressed us most was the hight speed stability. The car feels relaxed even at 150km/h and keeping one oblivious of the speed outside.

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 On Road Price is 50,08,982/- and Ex-showroom Price is 41,47,000/- in Hyderabad. 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 for Audi A4 price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Audi A4 Verdict

The Audi A4 diesel offers a blend of looks, luxury, technology, performance and comfort. It is a very superior package and the German automaker has hit most of the right strings to make it a well-rounded sedan. It isn’t very engaging to drive but makes for a comfortable cruiser and the not-too-big size makes it perfect to potter around the city too. You’ll like the new A4 if you want to go somewhere in style and don’t mind losing out on some of the fun factor to compensate for all the other wonderful things that this Audi has to offer.

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