Audi A4 Hatchback First Look Review


Audi A4 Overview

Audi launched the A4 last year with much fan-fare. At that time, it only came in a petrol variant, but now they have also introduced a diesel variant and these are our first impressions of the new variant. Although we are quite familiar with the petrol A4, we shall still take you through the basics of what it’s all about. This iteration of the A4 is underpinned by the MLBevo platform that uses aluminium and magnesium in key areas to increase body rigidity and yet keep the weight down. As a result, despite being dimensionally bigger than the older car, the new A4 is 95kg lighter, but the diesel version absurdly weighs a massive 190kg more than the petrol A4.

Audi A4 Exteriors

Aesthetically you’ll notice that it doesn’t look radically different from the current A4. To the uninitiated it could even be passed as a face-lift. But make no mistake that this is actually a brand new car. The overall familiarity of the design is to keep the identity of the A4 intact, you cannot mistake it for any other car and it looks rather elegant in form. The new DRLs look good and edgy. They flank the 3D grille which is in tune with Audi’s new design philosophy.

The shoulder line is quite prominent and runs all the way from the headlamp to the tail lamps. Speaking of which, the tail lamps are new and redesigned as well and the fluid turn indicators have trickled down to the A4 as well. The car looks bigger than it used to yet weighs 95kg less. It sits on 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels which add a bit of sporty character and the rubber is 225 section Hankook on all four sides.

Audi A4 Interiors

It’s inside the cabin the new A4 really shines. Audi, as we know, tends to invest a lot in the interiors of their cars – a fact that holds true with this executive sedan. Everything from the fit and finish and the layout of dash and instruments, offer a perception of luxury that is missing in some of the competitors. The design of the dash is strictly focused on horizontal lines, as seen on the band of air vents. The latter are arranged over the sloping and remarkably thin dashboard.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the cabin remains the 12.3-inch instrument panel which Audi refers to as the Virtual Cockpit. This all-digital cluster gets beautifully detailed graphics and several interfaces for infotainment and driver’s settings.

Again, the cabin is identical to the petrol-powered A4 that we tested earlier. You get the same sense of airiness and supremely comfortable seating for up to four occupants. Thanks to the lower half of the dash being so thin, legroom in the front is excellent and the seats themselves come with enough side and base bolsters to hold you in. That said, the rear seat is even better with great deal of cushioning and a perfectly angled seatback. The improvement in rear seat accommodation of the new A4 is apparent as soon as you settle in – there’s good thigh support and more than enough legroom for even tall occupants. The 480-litre boot, too, is fairly large and fully usable thanks to a neatly tucked away space saver unlike most of its rivals. Apply car loan for Audi A4 .

Audi A4 Performance

Under the hood of the diesel Audi A4 is the 2.0-litre motor that makes 190bhp between 3,800rpm and 4,200rpm, along with 400Nm of torque ranging from 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm. A seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch automatic box gets the power on the road through the front wheels. You can hardly hear this refined motor inside the cabin, and even when you step outside, the diesel clatter is remarkably refined. This is one of the better insulated cars that we have come across till date. Off the mark, you might want to go easy on the throttle as anything less than a sedate launch unleashes some torque steer. This actually comes as a nice surprise because it just goes to show how powerful the engine is. As a matter of fact, we never really felt the need for more power in this saloon as the motor responds well to throttle inputs overall. There’s a strong rush of performance post 1,900rpm that sees the needle hurriedly hit the 4,500rpm redline before the transmission swiftly upshifts to the next gear.

The A4 has four driving modes and two gearbox modes (D and S), which is a lot. These gearbox modes – ‘D’ and ‘S’, change the character of the gearbox and it becomes much more responsive in ‘S’. We’ll first talk about the driving modes namely Comfort, Dynamic, Auto and Individual. Comfort mode is the most relaxed of the modes and as soon as you go off the throttle, the transmission quickly upshifts and coasts. In this mode, the gearbox is by default in ‘D’, but if there’s a need for extra acceleration or a need to overtake, you can always just touch the lever and it will go into ‘S’ mode. Here the transmission gets eager to hold a lower gear for instant response.

In Dynamic mode, the gearbox automatically selects ‘S’ to get the best out of the engine. It gets livelier as the transmission slots into an even lower gear to instantly respond for some thrust as soon as the accelerator is depressed. However, in Dynamic mode, the engine tends to get noticeably jerky while trying to let loose the output from the motor. This brings us to the ‘Individual’ setting that allows the user to toggle between Comfort and Dynamic setting for the engine and steering. It allows the user to select ‘Comfort’ steering responses with ‘Dynamic’ engine responses, or vice-versa.

In ‘Auto’ mode, the system mimics the user’s driving style through the throttle position, and automatically adjusts the engine, gearbox and steering response. As always, there’s a ‘Manual’ option which allows the user to shift gears as they please, through gear lever or with the paddle shifters. The A4 registered a time of 7.94sec to 100kmph which is not blisteringly quick because rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C250d and the BMW 320d are quicker with times of 7.3sec and 7.14sec respectively (the A4 bogs down initially as the gearbox goes into safe mode and does not launch properly). However, thanks to the A4’s responsive motor and quick gearbox, it is quicker in the important 20-80kmph and 40-100kmph driveability tests.

The elevated suspension of the A4, exclusively made for India, doesn’t get adaptive dampers. Since this is a rigid setup you feel some pitter-patter at slow speeds over bigger bumps and potholes, but at no point does it get rough for the occupants. As speeds increase the ride gets much better and it rides flat despite the 17-inch wheels. The well-engineered dampers help absorb most undulations and bumps with remarkable poise, and combined with the brilliant cabin insulation, the A4 makes for a great long distance traveller. True, the suspension is not perfect. In fact, it is evidence of sharper imperfections where the suspension tends to thud through them and you can hear it inside the cabin. But it never gets to the point of being uncomfortable.For more information on Audi A4 visit Icassp2003

Audi A4 Driving

The Audi A4 features an electromechanical power steering with high functionality buttons on the steering wheel for easy and effective control of the equipment. The Audi drive select enables the driver to select an accurate driving mode for effective combination of power and fuel economy. The cruise control feature provides comfort during long drives, and the hill hold assist helps in easy handling on high gradient roads.

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 Hyderabad

Audi A4 On Road Price is 50,08,982/- and Ex-showroom Price is 41,47,000/- in Hyderabad. Audi A4 comes in 5 colours, namely Tango Red Metallic,Ibis White,Mythos Black Metallic,Moonshine Blue Metallic,Floret Silver Metallic. Audi A4 comes with FWD with 1395 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 150 bhp@5000-6000 rpm and Peak Torque 250 Nm@1500-3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 8.5 seconds . Audi A4 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .Check for Audi A4 price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Audi A4 Conclusion

All in all the new A4 is a great overall package. It looks familiar without looking staid. It rides well, is comfortable to be in and fun if not exhilarating to drive. And you can be rest assured that it will be quite fuel-efficient as well. There’s no doubt that the Audi will face stiff competition from the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-Series and Jaguar XE. But where the other three have specific focus areas, the A4 attempts to be a balancing act between comfort and spirited driving and succeeds to a certain extent. But as far as in car technology goes, it is far ahead of its competition. However, the pricing will play an important role in the sales of this car. We expect it to be between Rs 35 to Rs 42 lakhs ex-showroom, Delhi.

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