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Audi A4 Overview

As one of Audi India’s biggest selling models, the A4 has a reputation to uphold. Now I wasn’t entirely swayed with the previous-gen B8 A4 I drove some time ago – while the fit and finish of the cabin and overall refinement felt impressive even after all these years, it was a let-down dynamically and the cabin itself didn’t feel special anymore. Fortunately, Audi India got around these shortcomings when it rolled out an entirely new A4 in petrol form late last year. Now, after much wait, the brand has launched the latest-gen A4 with a highly efficient 2-litre diesel engine. But is that enough to garner fresh interest? Audi India thinks so. View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Audi A4 Exterior

The Audi A4 Allroad is the closest thing to the A4 Avant that can be purchased in the U.S. The wagon was recently spied testing around in the winter with its dress on. Upfront, the new Audi A4 Allroad wears additional plastic cladding along the lower rockers and fenders, and it sports a new front bumper.The fog lamps on the corner of the bumper also get restyled housings and look much more prominent and proportionate. The spotlights on the top are for testing purposes, but I believe it would make good optional equipment once the car is on sale.

It is only when viewed from the side that you realise this is a wagon and not a sedan. This is where most automakers mess up the design and earn the ’ugly car’ tag. But Audi has managed to make this perhaps the best viewing angle of the facelifted A4 Allroad. The blackened out A, B, C, and D-pillars give it a floating roof effect. The roof rails add to the character of the A4 Allroad. The A-pillar is not very wide and will eliminate the blind spots from that angle. The plastic cladding continues on the skirting as well the rounded wheel arches. You get to know the actual length of the long bonnet from the side. The new Audi A4 Allroad looks much more ’off-road’ capable than the outgoing model. The alloys look quite similar to the ones found on the A4 Avant. I, for one, think that Audi should have opted for a slightly funkier design. The 10-spoke, star-shaped design feels a tad bit simple when compared with the overall aura of the wagon.

The new Audi A4 Allroad comes with an all-new set of taillights. They are slimmer and sleeker than the present A4 Allroad’s taillights and look aggressive. The biggest change, however, is on the bumper. The new Audi A4 Allroad comes with rectangular exhaust tips on either side, replacing the dual circular exhaust setup found on the previous model. They are blackened out as well, adding to the sportiness of the wagon.

Audi A4 Interior

So, this means there will be fewer buttons and a lot more touchscreen bits. The current A4 Allroad features a floating infotainment system. This has been a signature design with the A4 series, but the new Audi A4 Allroad’s infotainment system will sit flush in the dashboard. It will support Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto. The air-conditioning vents have been moved to the top to create a simple and clean-looking dash. Audi’s latest features and equipment, like the driver assists and semi-autonomous functions, will also be available in the A4 Allroad.

Other specs include:

1. MMI Display and touch

2. Audi Smartphone Interface

3. Audi Connect

4. Head up display

5. Panoramic Sunroof

Although the official specs are not out, we expect the new Audi A4 Allroad to carry the same dimensions as the current model. Being a wagon, there is no dearth of space anywhere in the cabin. The long 110.9-mm wheelbase ensures that legroom is generous. The same goes for the shoulder-room as well, but headroom could have been better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely fine, but a slightly taller ride would have made the Audi A4 Allroad much for comfortable for the folks who surpassed the growth spurt a little too much. The boot, of course, is quite spacious. The current Audi A4 Allroad has a cargo space of 24.2 cubic-feet with all the seats in place and 58.5 cubic-feet with the last row flipped down. For more details on Audi A4  visit incmanifesto.in

Audi A4 Performance

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 Driving

The A4’s ride quality can be best described as supple, overall. At low speeds, it is on the firmer side as it picks up sharp-edged pot holes and exposed road elements to a greater degree than something like a C-Class. That being said, the firmer setup pays dividend at highway speeds; the compliant ride errs on the comfort side of things and manages to deal with undulations and road imbalances much better than the old car. Despite the lack of adaptive dampers on the India-spec model, the A4 rides well and handles decently – the electrically-assisted steering lacks feel for the most part but makes light work of city driving.

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 Bangalore

Audi A4 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 42,41,525 to 55,69,881 for variants A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus and A4 35 TDI Technology respectively. Audi A4 is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Audi A4 variants price in Bangalore. Check for A4 price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Audi A4 Round Up

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.