two thousand seventeen Audi A4 review: Nerd is the new black

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 8:16 PM

Since technology is the new power (and safety is the new style), Audi upgraded the two thousand seventeen A4 with all of the near-autonomous protection introduced on the Q7 SUV and added sufficient technology to running a residence office, all without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.

two thousand seventeen Audi A4 review: Nerd is the new black

New Audi sport sedan has more tech than the AV club, more power than the competition

Power and fashion traditionally trickle down from a manufacturer’s top models to their more cost-effective ones. Since technology is the new power (and safety is the new style), Audi upgraded the two thousand seventeen A4 with all of the near-autonomous protection introduced on the Q7 SUV and added sufficient technology to running a residence office, all without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. Of course, the traditional power and fashion are there too; they just get a back seat to what most buyers really care about.

Let’s be clear:We're’re not saying the new, ninth-generation A4 is uncrashable. But with twenty-one driver-assistance systems including lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go traffic assist, rear cross traffic alert, turn assist that’ll stop you from accidentally turning into traffic and exit assist, which alerts you if you’re about to open your door into traffic, it’s everything but.

On the technology side, the A4 gets the company’s new Virtual Cockpit with a 12.three-inch gauge screen, which uses Google Earth to allow the maps, terrain and upcoming traffic and navigation info. The A4 also comes with Audi connect, which packages together all the applications that connect the A4 to the Internet love weather info, Siri Eyes Free, and automatic crash notification, as well as Android Auto and Apple Car Play.

We’re not going to call it nerd heaven, but if intelligence is the new cool, the A4 is Steve McQueen.

Power is up significantly from two thousand sixteen. The elderly A4 made do with two hundred twenty hp and two hundred fifty-eight lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four. The new model lands with two hundred fifty-two hp at 5.600 rpm and two hundred seventy-three lb-ft at 1.600-4.500 rpm from an upgraded version of the same powerplant. Those specs eclipse the base power in both the new C-Class and BMW 3-Series, though the Audi doesn't proposal an uplevel six-cylinder engine. A seven-speed south tronic dual-clutch transmission sends power to the front or all four wheels in quattro versions, which comprise the lion’s share of A4s sold.

A new five-link front suspension allows for greater steering precision, Audi says, as does emotional the steering rack placement to the wheel centers. Audi also reduced unsprung wt by making more suspension parts out of aluminum. Overall the company saved sixty-six pounds on quattro models and ninety-nine pounds on FWD models. There are three options for suspension including the standard setup, the adaptive continuously damping option that lowers the car about half an inch, and fixed sport suspension that drops the car nearly an inch.

Stomping the mid-weighted gas pedal from a stop blasts the A4 far from a green light for about 3 seconds before the first near-seamless shift -- either from the paddles or the computer -- followed by a whoosh from the turbo. We’re happy Audi didn’t tune that out or cover it up. Same with the growl -- when you’re really in the throttle, the higher revs sound good. Maybe not as excellent as a straight-six, but this isn’t a tiny sewing machine engine either. The company says the A4 can hit sixty miles per hour in 5.7 seconds from a stop, and we've number reason to doubt it. The torque split generally runs at fortieth/sixty front to rear, throwing up to eighty-five % of the power to the back if necessary. We never look the traction control light, even when we overpush it into corners in the CA grades. It runs out of breath at one hundred-thirtieth mph, Audi says, which seems easily reachable even in the thinly mountain air.

The seven-speed DCT works well most of the time, but it's the normal lurches when parking and sometimes when getting back on the gas after a significant slowdown. Still, we’ll obtain this and its advantages over a standard torque converter automatic.

Braking comes simple with 13.3-inch vented discs with four-piston calipers in front and 13-inch discs with single-piston calipers in back. Only a few inches of pedal travel bring the car to halt, with minimal dive from the standard suspension. We obtain in both the standard and Continuously Damping Control cars and discover even the basic setup stiff sufficient for spirited driving. On the CDC cars, the consolation setting really smooths things out, absorbing all but the biggest potholes. It nearly borders on floaty. Dynamic firms things up well past the standard suspension, but it never becomes punishing.

Audi uses torque vectoring to tune out nearly all understeer and, as distant as valid speeds on publics roads tell us, it succeeded. Steering, love we said, is adaptable but even in the heaviest settings, there isn’t a ton of “feel” except when really throwing it into corners. But, if you’re going to obtain it somewhere, at the limit is where the perceive needs to be. It'd be fun to get this car out in a full blizzard to really look what the quattro system can do.

From the driver’s seat, the A4 offers a nice, low driving position and excellent visibility all around if you bump it up an inch. The heated leather perch is just soft sufficient to hold us planted all day without complaint. Most of the central MMI functions have redundant controls on the steering wheel, including all navigation, radio and hands-free speaking options. Love the Q7, the A4 has a chunky gearshift for resting your wrist, which puts the shortcut button's rotary dial within your finger’s reach. The cupholders are conveniently out of the way ahead of the buttons and dial, as opposed to sitting aft of the gear selector, blocking the space generally reserved for an elbow.

The two thousand seventeen A4 quattro starts at $40.350, including $950 in destination charges. The front-wheel-drive model cuts $2.100 off that. Stepping up to the Premium Plus trim will cost $3.800. For that you obtain bigger wheels, the Bang and Olufsen sound system, heated seats, LED lights and the south line package, which adds chilly visual cues love the bigger front intakes and honeycomb rear accents. The Prestige trim, another $4.800, adds the full-color head-up display, the interior lighting package, top view camera and the Tech package including the Virtual Cockpit, navigation and additional safety features.

For comparison, you can’t obtain past the Audi’s two hundred fifty-two hp without stepping up to the new BMW 340i, which starts at $46.795. Over in Mercedes-land the C450 AMG takes you to three hundred sixty-two hp, but that’ll set you back more than 50K. The base C-Class presently has two hundred forty-one hp, by the way. The A4 doesn’t have quite the luxurious perceive interior the C-Class does, and you can’t have quite as much tail-out fun as with the 3-Series. What the A4 does instead is perfectly straddle the line for an enthusiast/luxury customer. And if horsepower numbers and curb weights don’t turn you on (what're you doing here?), the nerdy technology should. AND since nerdy is the new cool, you’ll be Steve McQueen, or maybe Steve Jobs, or whoever the kids think is chilly these days.

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