The 2016 Audi A4—a best-seller gets an upgrade and everyone sits up and takes notice.
When it comes to luxury cars, it’s always been a big fight among the three German manufacturers—Mercedes, BMW and Audi. While each have their distinct USPs, Audi, in recent times, managed to peg their products as technological leaders. Every upgrade to their products has made their cars the benchmark to beat and the same seems to be the case with the Audi A4. We list why the Ingostadt-based carmaker’s latest A4 is so drool-worthy.
For now, the new A4 will come in with just a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine. While the TFSI may seem like a small engine, it makes 150 bhp and with the car shaving off close to 100kg of weight, it makes for decent performance as well. Audi claims an 8.5 second sprint to 100kmph, top speed of 210 kmph and an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 17.84 kmpl.
If you love gadgets, then you’ll definitely want to be in the cockpit of the new A4. Physical dials have been replaced by a magnificent 31.24cm LCD screen with various modes to provide all the relevant information,including navigation. The latest-gen MMI controls incorporate a touchpad and work pretty much as intuitively as your smartphone–which, by the way, can also be mirrored through a USB connection on the centre console’s 21 centimetre monitor. If you want to be wire-free, the A4 has a wireless charging pad built into the armrest, and that is most definitely a segment-first feature that is bound to catch on.
Audi A4 35 TFSI, S-Tronic seven-speed transmission will be launched in September
Probably the most noticeable change in the new A4 is in the illumination department—it now gets a swanky set of LED headlights that are bright as day. The Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are also split, making it look meaner from the front, the tail lights are all LED, while the turn indicators too are now dynamic.
The A4 ends up liberating a huge chunk of space in its cabin for the occupants. While the front seats are electrically adjustable, those seated on the rear bench have lots of legroom, regardless of how tall they may be. If that wasn’t enough, the boot packs in a massive 480 litres of luggage space as well.
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