Here is the new (or revised?) Audi A4. Audi stresses the car’s athletic proportions which you’ll need a measuring tape to determine for yourselves.
The Avant is keeping its raked D-pillars to deter Volvo customers (or Skoda Superb customers). The vehicle is 4.73 metres long and has a 2.82 metre wheelbase. I will have to do a comparison later. The vehicle is a modest 15 kilos lighter, or about as much as a person can carry home by hand from the supermarket. Not much at all. Audi claim a cd of 0.23 which is the best in the class, with knock on benefits for interior peace.
For the interior there’s Audi’s usual restrained good taste with new colours and materials. Everyone will still be going for grey and black, I am sure. The MMI has been redesigned to make it easier to use. And the rest of the press release on the subject was unremarkable.
Turning to engines: there are three TFSI (all sing along now) and four TDI engines, ranging from 110 kW (150 hp) to 200 kW (272 hp) offering up to 25 percent more power though “up to” includes 0%. Fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 21 percent. If you are chasing low fuel consumption try the Audi A4 2.0 TDI ultra which gets through just 3.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (63.6 US mpg) and 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer (152.9 grams per mile). That will be a favourite among fleet buyers if not road-testers. Reading between the lines, as it were, the butch six-cylinder petrol units appear to have gone to rest with diesel carrying the V6 torch now.
Autoexpress have very kindly taken out all the brochures and done some Excel journalism to compare the Audi with its peers. You can read that here.
This bit stands out and I am glad they did the maths as a multiple-way comparison is especially tedious to do: “As is the norm in the compact executive class, the 2016 A4 has grown in size compared to the previous model. At 4,726mm, its 21mm longer than before, making it a whopping 102mm longer than the current 3 Series, 55mm longer than the XE and 40mm more than the C-Class. The boot, at 480 litres, is identical to both the 3 Series and the C-Class, and is 25 litres more than the XE.” Nice big boot then, and the XE’s is still competitive, you luggage loaders.
As far as I can see, this car is still in the standard Audi line of modest, incremental changes from model to model. Some will write it off as being boring but unlike the new BMW 7 it is not change for change’s sake.
I really don’t think the underlying architecture has changed and some panels seem identical. If they are not, it’s very a close similarity. Car magazine agrees.