Audi A4can be termed to be the latest launch from the German automobile giant and is presently enjoying wonderful sales in the sedan section. Initially it was being sold as ‘Audi 80’, and later as ‘A4’ from 1994. A4 and A80 have witnessed seven generations together. The manufacturer has introduced recently in the Indian market the eighth generation. Over 10 million units are reported to have been sold across the globe and it does give the buyer a fair idea as to how popular this model has been enjoying. Plenty has been changed in the latest model. Audi India introduced Celebration Edition with the launch of A4 sedan and has been offering a price that is described to be much below the entry level variant. It is a limited edition. Audi A4 does have several wonderful vehicles in its portfolio, of which the A4 is considered to be a luxury sedan that is available in the Indian car market. The main competitors are the Mercedes Benz-C class, Volvo S60, Jaguar XF, BMW 3 Series and others from the segment. The vehicle has been equipped with some wonderful equipment to increase the comfort level of the passengers. To know more about this car, we present this road test review to provide a clear insight. Our team of experts analyze whether this sedan would be able to take on its rivals in the segment such as Volvo S60, Jaguar XF, BMW 3 series and Mercedes Benz C Class.
Audi is touted for its ability to offer splendid cars and is highly popular for its luxurious sedan. Audi A4 was said to be selling quite well until Mercedes C Class had its facelift, while BMW 3 Series, its arch rival is also expected to get a facelift soon. Audi considers the A4 as the answer to its other German rivals. The vehicle does look much classier and better than the other outgoing models due to cosmetic touch to its tail and nose job. Interiors are excellent with the latest equipment levels added to it, including the advanced MMI Infotainment system. The color options that A4 is available in are as follows: Cuba Blue Metallic, Teak Brown Metallic, Phantom Black Metallic, Brilliant Red, Ibis White and Ice Silver Metallic. The A4 does make a handsome option to choose from its segment. In order to offer it in a low price tag, the company has deducted some of its high end features like Audi MMI, projector headlamps and sunroof.
Style And Design
A great thing about the Audi A4 sedan is the asserting body design that is fitted with several striking features. Headlight cluster has been incorporated with xenon plus high intensity lamps and LED daytime lights. Besides this, it does come with durable discharge gas technology, along with auto dynamic beam headlight control. The headlight cluster encloses hexagonal radiator grille through plenty of chrome treatment and the bumper has unique designs and fitt3ede with pair of fog lamps of luminous nature. The bumper is of body color, houses grilled and air ducts for proper air intake.
The big laminated windscreen does provide better visibility while driving. It is equipped with rain sensing wipers. When side profile is taken into account, the sedan does boast of having sleek body design along with wheel arches that are well molded and fitted with elegant alloy wheel set. The rims are covered with radial high performance tubeless tyres. Its external mirror caps and door handles have been painted with the body color, while window sill is garnished with the chrome inserts. The vehicle has external wing mirrors, door handle of pull type and body colored, being integrated with side turn LED blinkers. The ORVMs have been electrically retractable and adjustable, coming with folding and heating function. External wing mirrors present in top end variants are said to have auto anti glare functions with memory. The taillight cluster in the rear end does have dominant appearance having LED light setup. The windscreen is created from green tinted glass, being integrated with wipe and wash function with defogger. It also has sporty roof spoiler that is integrated with high mounted LED stop lamp. Body colored bumper has been accompanied by the dual exhaust pipes, while the tail gate has been embossed with the manufacturer’s insignia.
Overall length of the Audi A4 stylish sedan is about 4701 mm, total width being 2040 mm, including the external wing mirrors. It has a height of 1427 mm providing ample shoulder and head space for all the occupants. The wheel base is quite spacious with 2808 mm ensuring lavish leg room, with decent ground clearance. The vehicle’s approximate gross weight is about 2020 kg. and unladen weight around 1545 kg. The diesel and the petrol variant do have huge central mounted fuel tank having a capacity to hold fuel of approximately 63 liters, which is quite good for long drives. The steering wheel supports minimum radius of about 11.5 meters.
Cabin And Interiors
According to the experts, the interiors of the Audi A4 vehicle are quite luxurious and provide a lounge like feeling. The A4’s interior section is absolutely luxurious and offers high class comfort to the occupants. The base variant’s cabin is designed with steel-gray color and the other trims interior has got walnut dark-brown color that assists to obtain a plush environment. Furthermore, it is complemented by the presence of ambient lighting and leather upholstery. Dashboard does have soft feeling and tends to feature plenty of aspects such as three spoke steering wheel having multi-functional switches, big illuminated glove box along with cooling effect, instrument panel having plenty of functions, AC vents being chrome finished. Seats are quite ergonomically designed and very comfortable, providing leg and head room space for every occupant. Front seats come with lumbar support and electrically adjustable. Technology Edition and Premium Plus variants driver seats have memory function in them. All seats have been integrated with head restraints that are easily adjustable. The Premium and entry level variant seats have been covered with upholstery made from partial leather and the other trims have received Milano leather upholstery. The cabin’s richness has been enhanced with the fitting of aluminum inlays in the door sills. The other variants, besides the entry level one has got sophisticated and the latest driver information system along with color display, equipped with several functions. Moreover, the inside door handles are also chrome finished, including the gear shift knob. The central console and the dashboard have matte finish, including the door panels. All the 4 windows of the A4 also has been bestowed with power driven functions and driver side automatic down function, cruise control and speed limiter, headlamp level adjuster, present on the instrument panel.
The manufacturer has tried in every possible manner to make the Audi A4, a real stunning sedan having several innovative aspects for providing the occupants a pleasure and interesting driving experience. The top and mid end trims has driver information along with color display and for the rear windows, electrical sun blind. The vehicle also boasts of having three zone proficient auto air conditioning units which cools the cabin, thereby, creating a very pleasant ambience. Technology Edition trim does have Audi parking system with reverse camera and the base trims are said to possess rear parking aid. There is present a sophisticated audio unit offering the very best in-car entertainment. It also has preparation for the rear seat entertainment, Audi drive select, front center armrest, interior mirrors along with automatic anti glare action, auto release function, cruise control function, etc. to increase the level of comfort among the occupants.
The manufacturers of A4 have designed the vehicle in a manner that it does have spacious internal cabin, where five passengers can comfortably be seated with ease. This indicates that they can enjoy a lavish leg room along with decent head space and shoulder space. The luggage compartment is about 480 liters that is quite good to store plenty of things. By having the rear seat folded, the space can be increased to around 962 liters that is undoubtedly a plus point.
The Audi A4 does come with plenty of safety features, which one can expect from the luxury vehicle segment. The vehicle is bestowed with front end adaptive collision protection along with seat positioning recognition. The side and front airbags with the head airbag systems are present in Audi A4. It has galvanized body structure with rear and front crumple zones to minimize impact if there is a collision. 3 point inertia seatbelts have been provided for all the seats with belt tensioners and force limiters. It also has anti-slip regulation to reduce wheel spinning and to improve traction. Electronic differential lock present offers assists through auto braking on the slippery surface. Furthermore, it does boast of having electronic stabilization program to provide better stability at all speeds. Safety steering is present to include shunt mechanism along with damping function. Anti lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution does prevent the vehicle from skidding. Central locking system is remote operated and assists to open and lock doors at the click of the button. There is a loss indicator for tyre pressure that is displayed on driver information system, which provides acoustic and visual warning, in case, the pressure tends to drop in a single or more tyres. Moreover, it has attention assist feature for analyzing driving behavior and does warn the driver of it. The other safety features present in the sedan includes brake assist, electromechanical parking brake, hold assist, tandem brake booster, first aid kit, ESP along with electronic axle differential lock, warning triangle, spare wheel that is space saving and anti theft wheel bolts.
Engine & Transmission
The power mill of the Audi A4 petrol variant is teamed up with multitronic auto transmission gear box that allows it to touch a speed of 225 kmph. Audi A4 sedan’s petrol trim has been incorporated with in line turbocharged, 1.8 liter engine having capability to displace 1798cc. The vehicle has 16 valves, 4 cylinders and based on camshaft valve configuration of double overhead. It does have the capability to generate maximum power of about 167 bhp within range of about 3800 and 6200 RPM to yield peak torque of around 320Nm and range between 1400 and 3700 RPM. The diesel base level variant has been equipped with 2.0 liter engine, integrated with common injection rail direct system. It is said to carry 16 valves, 4 cylinders and has displacement ability of 1968 cc. The motor produces peak power of around 147.5 bhp at about 4200 RPM to combine with torque of 320Nm between 1750 rpm – 2500 rpm that is termed to be very good. The 1968cc engine is quite capable to generate 174.3 bhp. The vehicle is mated skillfully with multi-tronic auto transmission gearbox which transmits power to the front wheels. Diesel engine of 3.0 liter capacity displacing 2967cc powers the Technology Edition and Premium Plus variants. Furthermore, it has been coupled skillfully with S-tronic 7 speed auto transmission gearbox making easy the gear shifts. The motor is quite capable to produce 241.3 bhp of maximum power, ranging between 4000 rpm – 4500 rpm and yielding 500Nm peak torque between 1400 rpm – 3250 rpm. It can attain top speed of around 250 Kmph, taking 5.9 seconds for achieving top speed.
The power that is produced by the different engines of Audi A4 is quite competitive and excellent in the luxury sedan segment. Moreover, when fuel economy is taken into consideration, the TDI 2.0 engine is very much fuel efficient and could be compared to several C+ segment versions. Presently, there is further powerful option available on diesel 2.0 liter variant that is the 177 bhp. Overall, the performance of Audi A4 is best but we were fond of the 3.0 liter TDI engine as it was much powerful.
The petrol variant with the TFSI engine allows the Audi A4to offer an impressive 12.32 kmpl in city and 15.64 kmpl on highways. The diesel engine of 2967cc works on the direct injection fuel supply system and was able to produce 14.94 kmpl and 11.45 kmpl on city roads and highways. The 2.0 liter diesel engine delivers a mileage of 16.55 kmpl and 17.11 kmpl.
We felt that the power delivery of Audi A4 is swift and the level of refinement is high. You can touch the three digit speed mark when you flip on its throttle so effortlessly. The steering is quiet crisp with an agile tuning, which allows you to perform wheel spins during your drives. The A4 also displays its ability of making sharp turns and bends as it is bestowed with perfectly tuned chaises. The suspension of this car is softly tuned that allows it to take on the bad roads and speed breakers without any issues. However, we sort of missed the steering wheel’s pad shifters. The handling of A4 is very much agile and comfortable. It has diagonally split braking system that is of dual circuit.
Front wheels have been fitted with ventilated disc brakes and the rear one having standard disc brakes so that the vehicle can perform excellently on any given road conditions. Driving many miles on this car would not be a pain for you, as its 5 star handling ability assures smooth drive. Electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and anti lock braking system does assist to improve the mechanism. The front axle has been fitted with 5 link suspension having lower and upper wishbones. The vehicle also is blessed with pinion and rack based electro-mechanical power steering having servo assistance that is speed dependent. Being highly responsive, it minimizes driving efforts even at the time of heavy Indian traffic conditions.
After taking the Audi A4 on a road test ride, our experts opine that this car with a slightly tweaked engine displays better stability, grip on the roads and best handling than the previous version. However, it could have been much better, if it had hi-end handling like its rivals. The ride quality though not the best in class was much improved than its previous sibling, which is a relief. Both the power mills are fast and better performing as it blends well with the efficient suspension. With impressive tweaks at the exterior and high quality upholstery at the spacious interiors, this vehicle from the home of Audi is sure to win accolades with its competitive price. The ex-Delhi showroom price of Audi A4 ranges from Rs. 28.30 lakhs to 57.82 lakhs.