One of the best-selling Audi cars, A4 was also the most affordable Audi sedan in India for quite a few years. That changed in 2014 when Audi launched the new A3 sedan in India. Not only the A3 was affordable, it was also more feature-rich than the A4, almost on par with the A6 where features are concerned.
This left the A4 in a vulnerable position, but not for long as the new generation Audi A4 is now on sale in India. Priced from INR 38.1 lakh, the 9th generation Audi A4 sedan is a lighter, sportier, and much more feature-rich than any of the A4’s ever launched. We take a test drive of the new Audi A4 on the scenic Bhubaneshwar – Konark – Puri route, and here is our 2016 Audi A4 review.
One would pass off the new generation A4 as a mere facelift to the old A4. That is because as far as exterior design is concerned, there is not much of a change. But look closely, and you will start noticing the changes.
For example, the new Audi A4 looks a lot more sporty and dynamic – thanks to those new sharp striking lines on the bonnet, new sharper LED headlights, lower and wider 3D single frame grille, and sharper bumpers. The side and rear too look much more dynamic, even when the car is stationary.
Interiors, Comfort, & Space
Interiors of the new A4 have been completely revised, from the dashboard to the seats, everything on the inside has been changed. Available in a choice of two colours (Black and Pashmina Beige), 2016 Audi A4 interiors are more premium, spacious, and loaded with new age tech.
To start with, to aid the driver in controlling the car’s features easily, new A4 gets Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. This means that the instrument cluster is now fully digital via a hi-res 12.3-inch colour display. This allows the driver to set the color / display info etc, as per his or her preference.
In addition to this, there is a larger colour screen in the center of the dashboard which is your Audi smarphone interface. Be it Android or Apple, you can easily sync your smartphone with the car and use the desired apps. In addition to this, the hi-res display can also be used to control car settings from the control board near the arm rest.
Another interesting change worth noticing is the removal of those mundane looking air vents. It is now replaced by a sleek vent which runs throughout the length of the dashboard. This new vent cools the cabin much faster and effectively than before. In addition to that, rear seat passengers also have personalized vents with temperature controls.
Front seats are much more comfortable and plush. They are electronically adjustable, the driver seat also comes with memory functions. It offers extended thigh and shoulder support. Rear seats offer comparatively better legroom than before, but there is a fifth passenger, the one sitting in the center will not be able to enjoy the ride as comfortabley as others.
Speaking about storage spaces, there are enough pockets in the new A4 to meet the requirements of all passengers. Each door gets bottle holder as well as pocket to keep other small items. Glove box compartment is also a useful storage space. The boot space stands at 480 liters, which is good enough to store your luggage.
Engine, Transmission & Mileage
As of now, the new Audi A4 is only offered with a single engine option. This is in the form of 1.4 liter TFSI petrol engine which generates 150 PS power and 250 Nm torque via newly developed seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission which replaces the old multitronic CVT of the older A4. Mileage claimed by the new A4 with the above mentioned engine and setup is 17.84 kmpl. What we managed to squeeze out from the engine during our drive was about 12 kmpl.
|Engine||1395cc, Inline 4, DOHC|
|Power||150 HP @ 5000-6000 RPM|
|Torque||250 Nm @ 1500-3500 RPM|
|Ground Clearance||128 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||54-litres|
|Kerb Wt||1945 kgs|
|Acceleration 0-100 kmph||8.5 seconds|
|Suspension||Multi-link suspension (Front & Rear)|
|Brakes||Discs (front and rear), ABS|
|Safety||6 Airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Traction Control, Hill Hold|
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