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The 2016 Audi A4 review

Audi India launched the all-new 2016 Audi A4 with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine.

 Exterior:

Certain aspects of the new A4, such as the design of the headlights and taillights are indeed a revolution from the previous generation model. However, look at the car as a whole and you begin to see a lot of familiarity with the previous A4.
 
Up front, the 2016 Audi A4 sports the brand’s new Singleframe grille and LED headlights, though India doesn’t get the more advanced (and more expensive) Matrix LED lighting system available to customers elsewhere in the globe. However, according to one product planner, there’s not a single bulb in this car, inside or out; the all-new A4 uses only LEDs. The taillights receive the fancy dynamic turn indicators though.
 
On paper, the 2016 Audi A4 measures 4,726 mm in length, 1,842 mm in width, 1,427 mm in height and 2,820 mm in wheelbase. To put it simply, yes the A4 looks the part of a sedan worth 40-something lakhs.
 
 
Interior:
 
Coming to space and comfort, this is where the new A4 loses out to rivals. While the cabin is not short on space, be it legroom or headroom at the front and rear, the seat ergonomics are certainly not as good as they should be.
 
The front seats are short on thigh support, and the 200-odd km covered during the media drive made this journalist want to stretch his legs. Audi could have also provided ventilated seats, as the 2016 Hyundai Elantra which is several segments lower and around INR 20 lakhs cheaper gets this feature.
 
 
Features:
 
The 2016 Audi A4 misses out on the Matrix LED lighting system, but is pretty much loaded elsewhere. Available in two variants – Premium Plus and Technology – the A4 gets 17-inch alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring system, leather seats, electrically-adjustable front seats, heated and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, frameless interior mirror, sunroof, 3-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth-enabled sound system, cruise control, parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, Audi Drive Select, start-stop system, and the raft of airbags and safety equipment as standard.
 
The top-end Technology adds the beautiful, and dare-we-say highlight feature, the Virtual Cockpit cluster, an MMI navigation system with touchpad, phonebox and smartphone interface. 

 Engine

Audi says it wants to start the trend of downsizing engines and focus more on fuel efficiency. Weird that the A3 is available with a 1.8-liter TFSI engine but the A4 comes with a 1.4-liter unit. Still, we can already tell you that this engine is shared with the Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI. In fact, the 2016 A4 and the Octavia output the same power and torque figures as well, though the Audi is more fuel efficient owing to the 7-speed S-Tronic (dual-clutch) transmission (the Octavia gets a 6-MT).
 
The front-wheel drive 2016 A4 makes 150 hp at 5,000-6,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500-3,500 rpm. Audi claims a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 8.5 seconds, which ensures you leave that traffic light with your ego intact.
 
In the city, the TFSI engine and the 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox do a wonderful job of keeping things smooth. At no point does the A4 feel underpowered or slow; the 150 horses are more than sufficient for closing gaps in city traffic, and cruising comfortably at 120-140 km/h on the highway.
 
Audi India has priced the 2016 Audi A4 at INR 38.1 lakhs for the Premium Plus variant and INR 41.2 lakhs for the Technology variant, ex-Showroom, New Delhi.
 

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