A subsidiary of Volkswagen, Audi has been one of those shiny, classy toys that have always been looked upon as a status symbol and with great respect. Built with comprehensive technology and moulded in chic designs, the Audi A4 is one of those amazingly crafted vehicles that Audi brought into this world and into our lives. The A4 has seen four generations so far and the first generation model succeeded the Audi 80. Audi has been selling its cars in India since 2004 but it was essentially established here in 2007 as a division of Volkswagen Group Sales India. The Audi A4 sedan was launched in India in 2008 and it received immediate attention of its elite consumers.
Blessed with a grand looking body, the Audi A4 sports Xenon headlamps with a very stylish daytime running LED band. The front grille with the Audi signature looks bold and draws attention. A clean cut design and a beautifully elongated body gives the Audi A4 a business like lavish structure and makes it look like an opulent cruiser of the road. Light and rain sensors have also been provided to add that extra touch of relief.
The cabin feels spacious, comfortable and luxurious and is adorned in leather upholstery. With a glass sunroof and a three zone automatic air conditioning system, this car exudes extravagance in the true meaning of the term. Safety wise, it comes equipped with anti theft bolts and anti theft alarms. Airbags have also been given in the front, rear and on the sides to maximise protection in case of any collisions. The Audi A4 also has an Audi Drive Select efficiency mode thanks to which the driver can select a range of different qualities for the best driving experience as per his/her liking. The modes are comfort, auto and dynamic.
The Audi A4 comes armed with both petrol and diesel engines:
The 1.8 TFSI petrol engine produces a power of 125 Kw and a torque of 320 Nm and is a combination of economical direct injection and turbo charging. This is combined with a Multitronic transmission.
The Audi New A4 S4 which is a Petrol 7 speed S Tronic transmission (Power of 245Kw and torque of 440 Nm) is necessarily a standard among the sports cars. It houses a 6 cylinder TFSI petrol engine and comes loaded with few more superior additions such as a rear spoiler and electrically adjustable front seats with the driver’s seat having a memory function installed.
The diesel options are available as the 2.0 TDI (Power of 105 Kw and torque of 320 Nm) and the 3.0 TDI (Power of 180 Kw and torque of 320 Nm) engines. The diesel engines come laden with the common rail injection technology and a diesel particulate filter. While the 2.0 is a Multitronic transmission, the 3.0 is a 7 speed S Tronic transmission.
Audi has always been known for its technological innovations and one such trick applied to the A4 engines is that of the Start/Stop system which helps in fuel efficiency and cuts down CO2 emissions by switching off the engine whenever the car is at a standstill. For example, if the car is stopped at a traffic signal, the engine will be automatically shut off and can then be restarted at the mere press of the clutch or by releasing the foot break.
The engines also apply ‘recuperation’ in which kinetic energy is converted to electric energy when the vehicle is braking. This energy is subsequently used by the generator during acceleration.
The Audi A4 is available in a range of fantastic colours such as Brilliant Red, Ibis White, Ice Silver Metallic, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Teak Brown Metallic and Phantom Black Pearl Effect. It is priced between 29.35 lakhs and 52.51 lakhs (Ex showroom price- Delhi) as per the choice of the variant.
Audi A4 was recently named a top vehicle for commuters by the AAA (American Automobile Association) and won in the “sedan” category. It also managed a runner up award in the “Small Sedan of the Year” category in the Car Mall Car Buyer’s Guide 2012- 2013. Thus the Audi A4 is a complete car which is capable of delivering performance and also amusing its high end consumers with all the comfort providing tricks distributed in the car. A stunning looking vehicle that oozes a stylish appeal all along as it makes its way past others!