Audi A4 Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Audi A4 Overview

The A4 diesel is part of the 10 products that Audi is bringing in, to India, this year and we’ve finally managed to get our hands on it. It’s finally out of the woods, so to say, and it’s taken a while to come to India. It’s been close to 7 months, since the new-gen A4 hit our shores; but, back then, it only came with a petrol engine. So, the line-up was a bit incomplete, till the time the diesel was launched; but, there’s good enough reason why it’s taken so much time.

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The folks at Audi had to retrograde the engine, to make it suitable for the quality of fuel available in India. The A4 diesel was Euro 6 compatible and hence the company had to make it BSIV compatible and that’s taken up a bit of its time. However, it’s finally here and though, visually, it’s still the same, as its petrol cousin, there are one or two differences that set it apart. The diesel gets a dual exhaust set up at the rear and of course the TDI badge; but other than that it’s all about that engine under the hood.

Audi A4 Look

Let us start with styling. Audi has never been about revolutionary change in terms of styling and the new A4 as you can see here doesn’t look much different from its predecessor. The overall stance of the car is pretty much the same with the planted and wide look that all Audis get. But put the old A4 and the new A4 together and that is when you realize that evolution isn’t such a bad thing. The new A4 gets a wider grille, which even though is quite edgy, lends a more refined and curvy look to the front. Mostly this is because of the fact that the horizontal chrome slats are well contoured and get a lot of intricate detail within them. The headlights of course are the talking points for most Audi car nowadays and the new A4 gets a set of LED headlamps with a fresh new design for the daytime running lights. Again, although not a very different look from the last generation, the LED slashes do look really cool especially when lit up to their full capacity in the day.

Move over to the rear and this wider, meaner stance continues. Again, the design is not much of a difference as compared to what it was, but many smaller changes do tend to make a large difference to the overall scheme of things. The side profile though is pretty much the same as the last gen too but you do get a few more muscular details around the side skirts and the bumper edges.

Audi A4 Comfort

Step inside the cabin and it feels different yet quite familiar. It’s like Audi has taken the perfectly good A4 and turned it up a notch. And the upped notch is more to do with technology than anything else. The traditional clocks have been replaced by a digital screen which allows you to choose between different display options. You can have the traditional tacho and speedo flanking the small info display or you can choose to give prominence to the vehicle information wherein the clocks retire to the bottom corners of each end.

You can even choose the map as your central display to help you keep your eyes on the road. The luxury quotient has gone up as well. There is soft feel plastic and leather all around and you also get wood inlays on the dash and door panels. Though they do tend to look slightly out of place for they are now known to be more of a Japanese trademark than a European or more specifically a German one.

Then there’s the MMI system which has experienced some growth, literally. The screen now measures 12.1inch across and displays everything you might or might not need to know. Also, it is one of the best displays you’ll come across in modern day luxury cars. It is crisp easy to read though the operation will take some time getting used to as the number of buttons have been reduced and scrolling through the options can prove to be a tad too distracting. But Audi has given eight shortcut buttons that you can assign to any function you like so you can have all your preferences at a touch of a button. The scroller knob also doubles up as a touchpad for easy access to contact lists.For more info on Audi A4  visit sccaudi

The driver’s perch is decently comfortable. There’s ample back and side support but the squab could’ve been slightly longer. Also, finding the right driving position will take up a fair bit of setting up and once you do, do remember to save it in the memory. Though the headroom is ample all around, taller driver (6’2 upwards) could feel restrained. Same is the story at the rear. It can seat four in comfort as the space in the cabin has increased but seating five is a challenge and the under thigh support also could have been better.

Audi A4 Engine

The car we got was the 30 TFSI which employs a considerably smaller 1.4-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It might not sound like much but it does dish out 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque, impressed yet? It is the same engine that is employed in numerous VW cars and frankly it was only a matter of time before it came to this segment.

Start the car and wakes up in the most undramatic fashion. There’s no dab of revs or drama, it’s quite straight forward. Put it into drive via the new rectangular gear lever and it takes off effortlessly. We being us, floored the throttle as we pulled out on an empty road just outside our hotel in Bhubaneshwar and the result was not what we expected. There was a sense of urgency from the engine but there was no pushed-in-the-seat drama. What we got instead was a linear and smooth delivery of torque right up to its powerband at 5,000rpm. And before we knew it we were well on our way to breach the speed limit. The acceleration is borderline undramatic but relentless.

You never run out of power and neither do you run out of the torque. And the new 7-speed STronic transmission complements the engine just as well. The shifts are responsive and are in essence based on the heaviness of your right foot. Keep the tacho from crossing the 2,500rpm mark and the shifts will be relaxed and focused more towards fuel economy and comfort. It can sit at 120kmph on the highway with the needle barely breaking the 2,000rpm mark thanks to the overdrive seventh gear. It will also let you coast rather than let engine braking kick in when you take your foot off the throttle. Apply car loan for Audi A4 at Fincarz.

Put your foot down however and keep the needle in the peak torque band and the A4 responds accordingly. The shifts are sharper and almost instantaneous, pull a paddle and the tacho needle starts to dance while the engine sings a brilliant note. The steering too is well weighed at high speed and light at docile pace. It feels sharp and direct, the feedback though is still not at par with the competition which does tend to take away a bit of fun even if only slightly. It is clearly focused towards people who want the controls in their own hands and it shows.The suspension setup is on the stiffer side but yet the ride is pliant and forgiving. The bigger potholes do make themselves heard but are rarely felt. The brakes provide plenty of stopping power and great feel and are also fitted with the brake energy regeneration system.

Audi A4 Driving

Now, the Audi A4 was never really known for its handling but was always an impressive car when it came to ride quality and overall refinement. And the new A4 is a step above. Refinement levels including noise and vibration are top notch and actually feel a class or two above what the A4 is expected to be at. The older lifeless steering too has been dramatically improved and even though the A4 does feel very floaty at high speeds, the steering does give a lot more feedback than ever before while still being extremely easy to drive in crowded city conditions. But ride comfort is of paramount importance in most cases and the A4 really excels in this category. When it makes it to India, the A4 will possibly be the most comfortable car in its category with its plush and smooth ride comfort. Take it over bumpy roads and there is almost no thumping and thudding and the A4, even with its low profile tyres and large wheels is like sitting on your living room sofa.

Audi A4 Safety

The Audi A4 features disc brakes with calipers and anti-lock braking system, and electronic stability control program for effective braking and controlling. The Audi A4 specifications for safety include front airbags for the driver and co-passenger, head airbags, and side airbags for the rear seat occupants. The additional safety features include a reversing camera, and parking aid at the front and rear for safe parking of the car.

Audi A4 Price in Hyderabad 

Audi A4 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 47,37,624 to 53,72,803 for variants A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus and A4 35 TDI Technology respectively. Audi A4 is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Audi A4 variants price in Hyderabad. Check for A4 price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Audi A4 Final Thought

The Audi A4 has a perfect blending of high power and luxury, and has a powerful presence on the road with the latest-in-technology equipment and styling features.So, to wrap it up, the A4 is not much different in the way it looks on the outside but when you peel of the exterior, it is a whole new machine on the insides. The new interiors are impressive and quality of materials everywhere is top notch. The fact that there will be a plethora of engine and gearbox options is a great thing for Indian buyers but where we think the A4 will really excel is the fact that it is more comfortable than ever before. Now, Indian buyers do have the option of buying cars like the very capable Mercedes-Benz C-Class (which we think is the A4’s biggest competition in India), but we think that Audi might have a surprise winner on their hands with the new A4. With the launch of the new A4 planned within a couple of months from now, all that is left to wait and see is the price point that Audi will launch at. And from what we hear, the new A4 might actually be just a little bit cheaper than the one it is replacing.

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