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Audi A4 review: A look at Audi's comeback plan

This is a major facelift, and not just some sticker-and-badge job – the engine is new, as are most of the body panels.

January 18, 2021 / 02:04 PM IST
Last year, Audi took a step towards making a proper comeback – it released five new models, and has several more lined up for this year, other than the car featured here, the face lifted A4. This is a major facelift, and not just some sticker-and-badge job – the engine is new, as are most of the body panels.
Last year, Audi took a step towards making a proper comeback – it released five new models and has several more lined up for this year, other than the car featured here, the facelifted A4. This is a major facelift, and not just some sticker-and-badge job – the engine is new, as are most of the body panels.
The new LED headlights are striking, and between them, the grille looks flatter and wider, which gives it a certain presence. The car is also wider and longer – by 5mm and 24mm respectively – which adds to its stance, although it still has the same wheelbase. The rear has also been updated, with LED tail-lights, and overall, the A4 now looks more distinguished and sharper (although the alloy wheels could have been more snazzy). That ticks the design box, then.
The new LED headlights are striking, and between them, the grille looks flatter and wider, which gives it a certain presence. The car is also wider and longer – by 5mm and 24mm respectively – which adds to its stance, although it still has the same wheelbase. The rear has also been updated, with LED tail-lights, and overall, the A4 now looks more distinguished and sharper (although the alloy wheels could have been more snazzy). That ticks the design box, then.
The cabin has a variety of new elements in it, with the most prominent one being a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system – the Audi staple of a rotary controller dial with the MMI unit is gone.
The cabin has a variety of new elements in it, with the most prominent one being a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system – the Audi staple of a rotary controller dial with the MMI unit is gone.
Thankfully, you get actual switches for climate control and most other functions, with the ‘virtual’ cockpit digital gauges acting as another screen for things like maps and media; this means you don’t have to take a hand off the steering wheel to control those.
Thankfully, you get actual switches for climate control and most other functions, with the ‘virtual’ cockpit digital gauges acting as another screen for things like maps and media; this means you don’t have to take a hand off the steering wheel to control those.
Other features include a 3-zone climate control system, auto parking assist, a wireless phone charger, powered front seats and ambient lighting. Safety-wise, there’s a full complement of features – 8 airbags, stability control, ABS and so on.
Other features include a 3-zone climate control system, auto parking assist, a wireless phone charger, powered front seats and ambient lighting. Safety-wise, there’s a full complement of features – 8 airbags, stability control, ABS and so on.
As its beating heart, the A4 comes with just one engine – a 2-litre TFSI petrol with 190 bhp and 32.63 kgm of torque. With it, the A4 is a pleasure to drive – power delivery is ultra-refined and linear, and the car is quick, too, with 100 kph coming up from standstill in 7.2 seconds. The gearbox – a 7-speed, dual-clutch unit with paddle shifters – plays along in delightful fashion, with smooth shifts; if you’re really looking to get a move on, the paddles work best.
As its beating heart, the A4 comes with just one engine – a 2-litre TFSI petrol with 190 bhp and 32.63 kgm of torque. With it, the A4 is a pleasure to drive – power delivery is ultra-refined and linear, and the car is quick, too, with 100 kph coming up from standstill in 7.2 seconds. The gearbox – a 7-speed, dual-clutch unit with paddle shifters – plays along in delightful fashion, with smooth shifts; if you’re really looking to get a move on, the paddles work best.
The feel from the steering wheel as you’re on the move is nice and meaty, especially if you put the car in Dynamic mode, and although you will feel a certain amount of body roll, the A4 is still a spirited cornering partner – and it has absolutely fantastic ride quality too, smoothening out rough patches in a consummate manner.
The feel from the steering wheel as you’re on the move is nice and meaty, especially if you put the car in Dynamic mode, and although you will feel a certain amount of body roll, the A4 is still a spirited cornering partner – and it has absolutely fantastic ride quality too, smoothening out rough patches in a consummate manner.
In the end, the A4 is what you’d call an all-rounder. It looks distinguished, has a brilliant engine, a wonderfully constructed cabin and high levels of comfort, all for a price between Rs 42.34 - 46.67 lakh, ex-showroom.
In the end, the A4 is what you’d call an all-rounder. It looks distinguished, has a brilliant engine, a wonderfully constructed cabin and high levels of comfort, all for a price between Rs 42.34 - 46.67 lakh, ex-showroom.
Moneycontrol News
first published: Jan 18, 2021 02:04 pm

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