Finally Audi introduced the fifth generation of A4 this week. Audi promises everything is new outside and inside. From exterior, interior, powertrain, and technology to fight with BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, and Mercedes C-Class.
From exterior, I’m sorry but I have to say that the design is plain. For me, its exterior design is almost the same to its predecessor. It’s more look like the second facelift rather than an all new model. Up front, Audi’s designers give new design of headlights that’s integrated with LED Matrix. Now, the grill comes up with hexagonal shape and we can see new foglamps design. At the rear, the automaker put LED taillights with new formation and dual-exhaust.
Latest A4 is 120 kg lighter than its previous generation. The dimension of New A4 is 4.73 meter long and 2.82 meter wheelbase. A4 Avant comes with 505 liter load capacity but when you fold the rear seats, the capacity increase up to 1,510 liter. Audi claims that it is the best load capacity in the segment.
Inside, the German carmaker offers a lot of gadgets. There is Audi Virtual Cockpit that has debuted in Audi TT comes with 12.3 inch TFT display replacing the traditional instrument panel. In center cockpit there’s an 8.3-inch TFT that will display MMI system. For your ear, Audi immerses Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D Sound, 755-watt and 19-speaker. Furthermore, you can connect your music collection via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
According to Audi, the A4 handling is great combining sportiness and comfort, thanks to re-developed five-link axles and an electromechanical steering. The features that improves driving experience are dynamic steering which varies its ratio based-on car’s speed and steering angle, and suspension, with adjustable shock absorbers.
Under the hood, Audi offers 7 engines for German market. For diesel engine, there are 4 TDIs range from 150 hp to 272 hp. Meanwhile for petrol engines, there are 3 TFSIs range from 190 hp to 252 hp. Those engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmission, 7-speed S-Tronic Dual Clutch, or 8-speed automatic transmission. The most green A4 is TDI Ultra sedan that has 150 hp with 99 g/km for its emission.
2016 Audi A4 will be available from the end of this year.
Text: Andhika Pradityo