New Audi A4 Review: another saloon triumph for AudiLast Updated: April 2, 2018
“More powerful, more efficient, more intelligent”: Our new Audi A4 review highlights how the redesigned A4 Saloon delivers on its carmaker’s promise of higher power with lower fuel consumption.
THE latest Audi A4 is a typically stylish performer that the carmaker pitches as “even more powerful, more efficient, more intelligent“. Our new Audi A4 review highlights how, with a design that doesn’t significantly depart from its predecessor, the car delivers where it counts, with increased power, despite significantly lower fuel consumptions.
Cathal Byrne, head of business at Audi Limerick, is enthusiastic about the latest Audi A4: “The new A4 is such a step forward on the model it replaces,” he said.
“Technologically speaking it is the best offering in the compact executive market, and offers drivers levels of refinement and luxury only previously associated with far bigger cars. We have some exceptional PCP offers available across the A4 range,” Cathal added.
Here is how the latest Audi A4 range measures up in terms of exterior and interior design, technology and features, and its driving performance.
1. Exterior Style
The redesigned Audi A4 is already well established as one of the most attractive luxury saloon cars on the market. It’s elegant, sweeping, elongated silhouette give it a distinguished appearance as it glides along highways and streets. And sleek headlight configuration and front grille configuration create a dramatic impression when viewed from the front.
2. Interior Comfort
Audi has always had a great reputation for the standard of its cabins, and the new Audi A4 range does not disappoint. This is one of the best cabins in the saloon class, in its use of high-end materials, and in terms of its space and configuration.
The Audi A4 seats five, in complete comfort. The front of the cabin is roomy, and well positioned and laid out, offering the driver plenty of visibility. The rear is one of the most spacious in the class, while the car’s longer chassis allows for an expanded cargo area.
The new A4 has pleasingly responsive, swift acceleration. Development of the three TFSI and four TDI engines in the A4 series was governed by a simple principle: less fuel consumption and more power.
The consumption of the 2018 A4’s predecessor has been reduced by up to 21 percent, while power has been increased by up to one quarter.
The 2.0 TFSI is available in two versions. One can reach 100km/h within 5.8 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h.
The second TFSI option, the gasoline ultra, can reach 100km/h from a standing start within 7.3 seconds. It has a top speed of 240m/h.
Available in both 150hp and 190hp, the 2.0 TDI engines are also impressive. The 150hp version has acceleration of 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds (top speed of 219km/h), while the 190hp version accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds (top speed of 237km/h).
The six-cylinder 3.0 TDI is available in 218hp and 272hp versions, the latter edition boasting 0-100km acceleration in just 5.3 seconds, and top speed of 250km/h.
The Audi A4 range is easy to drive across its transmission options, which include manual; seven-speed S tronic; eight-speed tiptronic; or quattro all-wheel drive.
4. Technology & Features
While many of the really juicy hi-tech pieces of kit are optional extras — such as the Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system; and the Virtual Cockpit LCD instrument display, for example — the entry-level A4 SE has an impressive array of tech features such as Xenon headlights, electronic climate control, colour control screen, cruise control, parking sensors, a digital radio and a smartphone interface.
The A4 has a system that detects impending accidents at up to 53mph and apply the brakes (raising the system to higher speeds requires additional expense). There are six airbags as standard, as well electronic assistance systems that prevent skids and help the driver to maintain control of the car during swerves. Euro NCAP, the benchmark European crash-testing organisation, gave the A4 top marks.
6. Overall impressions
The Audi A4 is a solid car overall. Its standard specifications are great, and the car is a characteristically Audi blend of lush comforts with sleek, powerful performance.