As certainly one of Audi India’s largest promoting fashions, the A4 has a status to uphold. Now I wasn’t solely swayed with the previous-gen B8 A4 I drove a while in the past – whereas the match and end of the cabin and total refinement felt spectacular even in any case these years, it was a let-down dynamically and the cabin itself didn’t really feel particular anymore. Happily, Audi India bought round these shortcomings when it rolled out a completely new A4 in petrol kind late final 12 months.
Now, after a lot wait, the model has launched the latest-gen A4 with a extremely environment friendly 2-litre diesel engine. However is that sufficient to garner recent curiosity? Audi India thinks so.
The A4 diesel shares its design with the petrol-powered mannequin, that means it appears neat, stylish and inoffensive in typical Audi style. The understated but spectacular design is a part of the explanation Audi has revelled in huge success with B7 and B8 gen A4 fashions which have aged reasonably properly.
This latest-gen A4 is barely longer and wider than its predecessor however retains the balanced stance nonetheless. That stated, there’s much more when it comes to sharp creases and intelligent detailing than the earlier automotive; the front-end for example homes the signature Audi grille which sits decrease and is broader than earlier than. The all LED headlights, too, are completely different with their serrated decrease edges.
Just like the headlamps, the hind lights are additionally LEDs with the sharp recesses of their detailing. Curiously, the one design bit differentiating the diesel mannequin is the dual exhaust pipes (petrol-powered A4 will get a single tailpipe). Total, regardless of the sharpened entrance, there’s comparatively much less in the way in which of dramatic swoops and creases and extra in the way in which of understated modesty that we’ve got come to count on from Audi sedans.
It’s contained in the cabin the brand new A4 actually shines. Audi, as we all know, tends to take a position rather a lot within the interiors of their automobiles – a undeniable fact that holds true with this government sedan. Every thing from the match and end and the structure of sprint and devices, provide a notion of luxurious that’s lacking in a number of the rivals. The design of the sprint is strictly centered on horizontal strains, as seen on the band of air vents. The latter are organized over the sloping and remarkably skinny dashboard.
Undoubtedly the spotlight of the cabin stays the 12.3-inch instrument panel which Audi refers to because the Digital Cockpit. This all-digital cluster will get superbly detailed graphics and a number of other interfaces for infotainment and driver’s settings.
Once more, the cabin is similar to the petrol-powered A4 that we examined earlier. You get the identical sense of airiness and supremely snug seating for as much as 4 occupants. Because of the decrease half of the sprint being so skinny, legroom within the entrance is superb and the seats themselves include sufficient facet and base bolsters to carry you in. That stated, the rear seat is even higher with nice deal of cushioning and a superbly angled seatback. The development in rear seat lodging of the brand new A4 is obvious as quickly as you compromise in – there’s good thigh help and greater than sufficient legroom for even tall occupants. The 480-litre boot, too, is pretty giant and totally usable due to a neatly tucked away area saver in contrast to most of its rivals.
The petrol-powered A4 could have a comparatively small engine for its class however this diesel-powered mannequin is correct up there with the remainder on the subject of displacement and energy figures. Talking of which, the 2-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel motor makes 190bhp of energy and 400Nm of torque. Extra importantly, the brand new A4 diesel is kind of a bit lighter than the outdated automotive (due to utilization of aluminium in building) which suggests the engine has much less weight to lug round.
This motor has all the time been a sprightly and keen little factor and now with the much less weight and a a lot faster dual-clutch automated gearbox (as in opposition to the CVT within the outdated A4), efficiency is powerful proper from the phrase go. There’s a trace of turbo lag at decrease revs however due to the broad torque band, this engine pulls sturdy as soon as previous 1,800rpm, revving out until 4,500rpm with out sounding coarse in any respect. It’s, in truth, extremely refined for probably the most half and stays quiet and clean even when labored exhausting.
There’s a clear surge of energy off the road and the A4 diesel will get on top of things quickly sufficient. A lot in order that it does 0-100kmph in 7.94 seconds which is spectacular contemplating that the extra highly effective Mercedes C250d hits the identical mark in 7.34 seconds. That stated, it’s the BMW 320d M-Sport that’s nonetheless the quickest accelerating government sedan, taking simply 7.14 seconds (due to launch management). By way of in-gear acceleration, the Audi’s bought the higher of its rivals – it took all of 5.79 seconds to finish the 40-100kmph dash, as in opposition to 6.12 seconds and 5.87 seconds for the 320d and C250d respectively. The A4’s surprisingly fast in-gear instances has rather a lot to do with the 7-speed DSG that now comes as normal. As you’ll count on, this dual-clutch unit manages shifts with excellent instinct, swapping cogs rapidly when labored exhausting. Even below regular driving situations, the gearshifts are silky clean and proper while you want them. Fortunately, the indecisive response from standstill – a typical DSG trait – will be hardly felt on this automotive. The completely different driving modes (together with Consolation, Dynamic, Auto and Particular person) don’t change the way in which the suspension works however they do alter the DSG’s responsiveness – the gearbox hangs onto decrease gears, shifts up at greater rpm in Dynamic and in Consolation, begins freewheeling as quickly as you get off the throttle.
The A4’s trip high quality will be finest described as supple, total. At low speeds, it’s on the firmer facet because it picks up sharp-edged pot holes and uncovered highway parts to a larger diploma than one thing like a C-Class. That being stated, the firmer setup pays dividend at freeway speeds; the compliant trip errs on the consolation facet of issues and manages to cope with undulations and highway imbalances a lot better than the outdated automotive. Regardless of the dearth of adaptive dampers on the India-spec mannequin, the A4 rides properly and handles decently – the electrically-assisted steering lacks really feel for probably the most half however makes gentle work of metropolis driving.
Audi India has really nailed the transient with new A4 diesel. Barely greater however immensely higher than its predecessor in each regard, the 2017 A4 subjectively appears good and is loaded with expertise and options to enrich its Rs 42 lakh ex-showroom price ticket.
Like its petrol-powered sibling, the A4 35 TDI is a powerful all-rounder, packing refinement and match and end that some far costlier automobiles can’t fairly match. Positive, it’s not precisely a looker and neither is it as enjoyable to drive as its rivals however for these on the lookout for a quiet and cozy government sedan with stellar effectivity, the A4 is correct on the cash.
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