New Audi A4 30 TFSI Review: It is Powerful and Environment Friendly
Contrary to popular belief, the 1.4-litre petrol motor has more than enough power to satisfy you. Read the full review here.
Audi A4 petrol variant (Image: News18.com)
Audi's most successful luxury sedan - the A4 recently got a refresh. The B9 version of the Audi A4 is available in India at a starting price of Rs 38.60 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi). The car is available in a diesel and petrol engine option. We drove the Audi A4 30 TFSI which is the petrol version of the car and here's what we think about it.
The new Audi A4 competes in India with the likes of Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3-Series. The new A4 from the side, looks pretty much the same as the earlier version. The difference is that it now sports a bigger and bolder chrome packed grille and also Audi's Matrix LED headlamps.
The headlamp design is now a horizontally placed parallel design that has daytime running lights. This gives the new A4 a futuristic look and adds to its road presence. The rear of the new A4 gets Dynamic turn indicators and sharp design lines that adds more character to the car. The new 'B9' Audi A4 is also lighter than its older version by 95 Kgs. This makes it light on its feet and more fuel efficient.
The interiors of the new A4 also gets futuristic touches. It resembles the Audi Q7 and comes with an 8.3 inch next Gen MMI panel that's not retractable. Audi has also put in the virtual cockpit instrument cluster on the Audi A4. The virtual cockpit was first seen on the Audi TT and then the Audi Q7. It's very intuitive and helps the driver to keep his eyes on the road while he navigates the car systems.
Audi has also put in a phone box inside the A4 that basically can hold your smartphone and comes with Qi wireless charging. There is also a new Audi smartphone interface that's compatible with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
For music you get Audi Sound System with 10-speakers with a total output of 180 watts that more than enough for this car. The seats are also comfortable for long drives and you get enough leg room for the rear passenger. What's interesting is that the visibility inside the cabin is superb and it gives a sense of airiness inside.
There boot space on offer is 480 litres, which is more than enough for a luxury sedan in this class.
Watch: First Drive Review of the Audi A4
The new Audi A4 is powered by a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine that produces 150 hp of power and 250 nm of torque. The disappointing bit is that it does not come with Audi's all-wheel drive technology that's popularly known as - quattro technology.
The A4 gets a front wheel drive system and is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The car is an EU 6 emission class so buyers really don't have to worry that much about destroying the environment.
Many have argued in the past that a 1.4-litre petrol engine might be a small unit to power such a luxurious car, but then it's capable of doing a 0-100 km/h dash in just 8.5 seconds and boasts of a top speed of 210 km/h.
This engine is well engineered and refined by Audi on the new A4. This also makes it fuel efficient and in combined city and highway driving it returned us a fuel efficiency of upwards of 15 km/l at all times.
The new A4 also delivers on superb driving dynamics as it comes with four driving modes. The s-tronic transmission works like a dream with the new engine.
The new suspension on the A4 coupled with 17-inch alloy wheels eat up small potholes with ease. You don't feel the car undergoing any stress as it tackles a pot hole. Overall it's a luxury sedan that will be enjoyed by both the driver and the passenger.
For safety the new Audi A4 comes with ABS, EBD, EDL, 8-airbags and a lot of other small little safety features on it. Inside the car, you feel safe and confident that you can stretch it to its limits without making a fool of yourself.
Watch: 360-Degree Inside View of the Audi A4
The new Audi A4 is for the new age luxury car buyers. It has the right mix of technology and entertainment inside, coupled with a great driving experience. The A4's competition which is the BMW 3-series lacks on modern gadgetry. The C-Class competes fiercely with the new A4.
But, if you don't want to be worried about diesel bans in the future and yet drive a car that's luxurious, powerful and fuel efficient, the A4 30 TFSI makes a lot of sense.
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