September 08, 2016: Audi India has launched the new Audi A4 today at Rs 38.10 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The improved A4 stands strong on the Audi’s MLB platform with a blend of lightweight materials. As a result, the car is 120 kg lighter than outgoing model and weighs 1320 kg only. Following the Audi’s latest design language, the new offering also gets the same aesthetic updates which reflect in models like the TT, R8 and the Q7. The redesigned sleek headlamp cluster gets new LED daytime running head lights and taillamps. Speaking of the interior, the car is loaded with features such as MMI navigation with a 6.5 inch colour display, high-resolution 9-inch screen for the rear seat, Bluetooth interface, etc. The vehicle gets the 1.4-litre petrol engine which delivers 150PS power and 250Nm torque.
| 30 TFSI Premium Plus
1395 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 17.84 kmpl
| 30 TFSI Technology
1395 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 17.84 kmpl
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Mileage (kmpl)||Transmission||Engine Description||Power|
|30 TFSI Premium Plus||Petrol||14.84||17.84||Automatic||1395cc
||150bhp @ 5000-6000rpm|
|30 TFSI Technology||14.84||17.84||Automatic||1395cc
||150bhp @ 5000-6000rpm|
This company has a lot of splendid vehicles in their portfolio, out of which, Audi A4 is one of the luxurious sedan available in the country's car market. It was first launched in India way back in year 2008. It has now added a new option to this model series, which is christened as Premium Sport Limited Edition. It looks more sportier with a revised bumper at front and a new set of 17-inch, 20 spoke alloy wheels. It has carbon black styling package that has black window sills, wing mirrors and door molding as well. It is currently offered in only two body paint options, which are white and red for the customers to select from. Besides these, it gets all black interiors that gives it a trendy appeal than the rest of them, which have a dual tone color scheme. Its main competitors are Volvo S60, Mercedes Benz C Class, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XF and others in this segment. This model series is being sold in Premium, Premium Sport and Technology Edition trims. The 1968cc TDI motor can produce 174.33bhp along with a commanding torque output of 380Nm. On the other hand, the 1.8-litre TFSI power train displaces 1798cc. It can produce 167.6bhp and 320Nm, which is rather good for Indian road conditions. It is mated with an efficient multitronic automatic transmission gear box, which sends power to its front wheels. The braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient, which helps in keeping it stable at all times. It also has dynamic stability control. The dual circuit braking mechanism with diagonally split function and it is augmented by ABS along with EBD. It also has electromechanical parking brake with parking brake and automatic release. This model series has some best in class exteriors that gives an inviting appearance. Its bold frontage has a large perforated radiator grille, which has a prominent logo in the center. The headlight cluster is incorporated with powerful xenon plus lamps with high beam assist and headlight cleaning system. Its side profile has a few strong character lines and neatly carved wheel arches, which have an elegant set of alloy wheels. It also has a panoramic sun roof, which is made of tinted single glazed safety glass and wind deflector. Coming to its internal cabin, it is quite spacious and has a dual tone color scheme. It is incorporated with some top of the line aspects and options to change the interior lighting. In terms of safety, it has front and rear side airbags, anti theft wheel bolts, space saving spare wheel, a tyre pressure monitor and several others. All these put together, makes it one of the most comfortable and safest in this segment. This luxurious sedan has a standard warranty of two years or unlimited kilometers and the customers can also avail an extended warranty at an additional cost.
The best part about this series is its asserting body design, which has a number of striking elements. The newly added one has received a few updates, especially in the front and side profile. The front bumper is restyled, which gives an aggressive look to its frontage. The side profile has a set of new alloy wheels that are fitted to its wheel arches. Also, it has door molding, window sills and wing mirrors are all finished in black as a part of carbon black styling package. The front facade has a headlight cluster that is incorporated with high intensity xenon plus headlamps and LED daytime running lights. It has durable gas discharge technology and an automatic dynamic headlight beam control. This headlight cluster surrounds the hexagonal radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment. The bumper has a unique design and has a pair of luminous fog lamps. This bumper is in body color and houses a couple of air ducts as well as the grille for better air intake. The large laminated windscreen gives better all round visibility while driving and is equipped with a couple of rain sensing wipers. Coming to the side profile, it has a sleek body design with well molded wheel arches, which come with an elegant set of alloy wheels. These rims are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. Here the door handles and the external mirror caps are painted with body color, whereas the window sill has been garnished with chrome inserts. It has body colored pull type door handles and external wing mirrors of which, the latter has LED side turn blinkers. These ORVMs are electrically retractable, adjustable and can be heated as well. While the external wing mirrors of top end have automatic anti glare along with memory function. When it comes to the rear end, the taillight cluster has a dominant look with LED light setup. Its windscreen is made of green tinted glass and comes with a wash and wipe along with a defogger as well. It also has a sporty roof spoiler, which also has a LED high mounted stop lamp. The body colored bumper is accompanied by dual exhaust pipes and its tailgate is embossed with the prominent badging.
The overall length of this stylish sedan measures about 4701mm along with a total width is about 2040mm including external wing mirrors. Its height is 1427mm, which gives ample head and shoulder space to all occupants. It has a spacious wheel base of 2808mm that ensures lavish leg room and a decent ground clearance as well. The approximate gross weight is 2020 Kgs, while unladen weight is about 1545 kgs. Both of them are offered with a large centrally mounted fuel tank that can hold up to 63 litres of fuel in it, which is pretty good even for longer drives. Its steering wheel support a minimum turning radius of 11.5 meters.
Ed's take: The interiors of the A4 are luxurious and feel very lounge-like. The front row space is good, however, the second row is a bit tight on knee-room.
The interiors of this limited edition are done up in a striking all-black color, which is quite elegant. There is steel gray color scheme used for the base one, while the rest of them get walnut dark brown interior scheme. It is complemented by leather upholstery and ambient lighting. The dashboard has a very soft feel and has equipments like 3-spoke steering wheel, a large illuminated glove box with cooling effect, an instrument panel and chrome finished AC vents. The seats are very comfortable and ergonomically designed, which provides ample leg space and head room for all occupants. The front seats are electrically adjustable and has lumbar support. The driver seat of Premium Plus and Technology Edition has memory function as well . All the seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints. The seats of Premium are covered with partial leather upholstery, while others get Milano leather upholstery. The company enhanced the richness of the cabin by fitting the aluminum inlays to the door sills. Apart from this, others get a driver information system with color display. Then it also has chrome finished inside door handles and gear shift knob. The dashboard and central console are in matte finish, while the door panels have the similar interior effect. Apart from these, it comes with all four power windows with driver side auto down, speed limiter and cruise control, which maintains a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver and headlamp level adjuster on instrument panel.
The automaker has packed it with a number of innovative aspects that gives a pleasurable driving experience to all its occupants. The mid and top end trims have electrical sun blind for rear window and a driver information system with color display. It has a proficient three zone automatic air conditioning unit that cools the cabin and creates a pleasant ambiance. The Technology Edition has parking system plus with reverse camera, while the base one has rear parking aid. It is bestowed with a sophisticated audio unit that offers best-in car entertainment. Apart from these, it has drive select, preparation for rear seat entertainment, front center armrest, auto-release, interior mirrors with auto anti-glare action, cruise control and a few others that increases the comfort levels.
This vehicle is designed with a spacious internal cabin that can take in five passengers with ease. It offers ample leg room to its occupants, while the head and shoulder space is also quite sufficient. A luggage compartment of 480 litres is good enough for storing a lot of stuff. This space can be further increased up to 962 litres by folding the rear seat, which is a plus point.
Ed's take: The acceleration of the A4 engines is good for city and highway driving.
Both its drive trains are paired with a multitronic automatic transmission gear box. The petrol variants can attain a breathtaking top speed of 225 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in just about 8.3 seconds. The 2.0-litre mill (130KW) has the ability to achieve a top speed of 222 Kmph and it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in just about 7.9 seconds.
Editor's take : The outright performance of the A4 is good, especially the 3.0-litre TDI, which is one of our favourite diesel mills.
The 1.8-litre, in line turbocharged petrol engine has the ability to displace 1798cc. It has four cylinders, 16 valves and is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It has the ability to generate a maximum power of 167.6bhp in the range of 3800 to 6200rpm and yields a peak torque of 320Nm ranging between 1400 to 3700rpm. Meanwhile, its 2.0-litre, 1968cc oil burner is capable of generating 174.3bhp at 4200rpm along with torque of 380Nm in the range of 1750 to 2500rpm. It is integrated with a common rail direct injection. It carries 4-cylinders, sixteen valves and has the displacement capacity of 1968cc. Both these are skillfully mated with a multitronic automatic transmission gearbox that transmits power to its front wheels.
Ed's take: Fuel economy isn’t the best-selling point of luxury vehicles, but the 2.0-litre TDI engine of the A4 is highly fuel-efficient and can be compared to most of the C+ segment. Now, there is a even more powerful option on the 2.0-litre diesel, which is the 177bhp.
The petrol trim is incorporated with a turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI), which allows it to deliver 12.32 Kmpl within the city and 15.64 Kmpl on bigger roads. The 2.0-litre mill has the capacity of generating a maximum mileage of 17.11 Kmpl.
Ed's take: The power produced by the various engines of the A4 is good and competitive in the luxury segment.
The 1968cc oil burner can generate 174.33bhp power at 4200rpm along with 380Nm torque between 1750 and 2500rpm. The TFSI motor can produce 167bhp at 3800 to 6200rpm and yields 320Nm peak torque in the range of 1400 to 3700rpm.
Editor's take : The A4’s bucket comes filled with a lot of features that one will want in an entry-level sedan.
It has an advanced audio unit with music interface that provides connectivity to iPods, Phones, USB storage media as well as MP3 players. This has a CD, DVD player, radio tuner and has eight speakers as well. It also has MMI navigation with 6.5 inch color display that has high quality map representation. The rear seat entertainment package with a high resolution 9-inch screen is installed on the front seat backrests with an integral DVD player. It can be connected with a variety of devices that includes Bluetooth headset as well. It has a 6-channel amplifier, ten speakers including center speaker in the dashboard and subwoofer in the rear parcel shelf. Moreover, it has Bluetooth interface and voice dialogue as well.
Editor's take : The handling of the A4 is agile and the Quattro version of 3.0-litre TDI is one of the best in its segment.
It has a dual circuit diagonally split braking mechanism. The front wheels are fitted with a robust set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones have standard disc brakes, which perform exceptionally well on any road conditions. The anti-lock braking along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist further improves this mechanism. Meanwhile, its front axle has a five link suspension with upper and lower wishbones. Whereas the rear axle is affixed with an independent trapezoidal link with a mounted sub-frame and an anti-roll bar. This is blessed with a rack and pinion based electromechanical power steering with speed dependent servo assistance. It is highly responsive and minimizes the efforts of driving even during heavy traffic conditions.
Editor's take : The A4 comes loaded with all the safety features that one can expect in a luxury vehicle. Airbags, ABS, ESP.
It is loaded with a number of protective features that ensures security of its occupants all through their journey. It is bestowed with an adaptive front-end collision protection with seat position recognition. It has front and side airbags along with head airbag. It has a galvanized body structure along with front and rear crumple zones that minimizes the impact when a collision takes place. There are three point inertia seat belts for all seats along with force limiters and belt tensioners. It has anti-slip regulation that reduces spinning of the wheels and improves traction. The electronic differential lock gives assistance by automatically braking on slippery surface. It has electronic stabilization program that provides better stability at all speeds. Besides these, it has a safety steering that includes a shunt mechanism with damping function. The anti-lock braking along with electronic brake force distribution prevents it from skidding. The remote operated central locking helps in opening and locking of doors at the touch of a button. It has a tyre pressure loss indicator displayed on the driver information system. It gives a visual and acoustic warning, if the pressure drops in one or more tyres. It also has the attention assist feature, which analyses the driving behavior and warns the driver. The parking system makes reverse parking easier by indicating the distance from an obstacle behind it. This also has electromechanical parking brake, brake assist, tandem brake booster, hold assist, first aid kit, warning triangle, ESP with electronic axle-differential lock, anti-theft wheel bolts and a space saving spare wheel as well.
The wheel arches of its Premium Sport and Technology Edition are offered with an elegant set of 17 inch 7.5 J x 17 cast aluminum alloy wheels, which are adorned with tubeless radial tyres of size 225/50 R17. While the remaining are equipped with a pair of 16 inch alloy wheels that have 225/55 R16 sized tubeless tyres. Moreover, it includes a spare wheel that is affixed in the boot compartment along with all the tools required for changing a flat tyre.
1. Innovative comfort aspects adds to the convenience.
2. Its drive select is a plus point.
3. Its sleek body design is eye catching.
4. Acceleration and pickup is quite good.
5. It has plush interiors with advanced features.
1. NVH levels of diesel mill can be reduced.
2. Price range is quite expensive.
3. Fuel efficiency can be made better.
4. Cost of maintenance is high.
5. Absence of glass sunroof in base level variant.
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|30 TFSI Premium Plus |
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