Audi Launches the Next Generation A4
|   Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Audi A4 is one of the best vehicles in a class designed by the premium segment German car makers and the only vehicle that challenges the Audi 4 Series is the BMW 3 Series. Although the Mercedes Benz C Class falls in the same category, Audi is clearly the boss when it comes to designing premium segment vehicles. Audi is in no mood to stay behind BMW and with its latest A4, the company could very well be heading in front of the BMW.

Audi has increased engine performance in line with its 5 Series vehicles Audi has installed a variety of functionalities in the A4 and these include electronic stability control, throttle and brake assistance, blind spot monitor, lane change assistance, active steering system along with a new infotainment system designed by Bang and Olufsen.


The Quattro all wheel drive system has also been installed as well as increase in space. The A4 estate and sedan models sport additional space and are aerodynamic, bigger and cleaner cut in terms of basic ergonomics. The 2.0 liter TDI engine features Common Rail Diesel functionalities and provides a balanced ride between performance and comfort. 1.8 liter and 2.0 liter engines are available while Audi is considering a 3.0 liter engine for the A4.

The engines are mated to an eight speed automatic CVT transmission system with dual clutch with an optional six speed manual transmission. The exterior features massive changes and the vehicle sports an all new body structure mated to a newly designed chassis and advanced aerodynamics. Audi buyers look forward to the firm's semi classic looks and that has been preserved on this vehicle.

The A4 seems to be getting more irresistible with every successive generation launch and the wheelbase on the models is longer than the previous generation. However, the general dimensions do not feature significant changes and this is the best aspect about the A4. The interior features a whole new design and the soft feel of the plastic parts enhance the general ergonomics of the A4. The upholstery has been revamped and this gives the A4 a bold new look on the inside as well as the outside.

The instrument cluster features a bold new design and the panels have been laid out clearly and conceivably. The center console is mostly carbon fiber and this reduces weight as well as looks good on the general upholstery. The cabin is quite spacious and the driver's seat is adequately placed. This gives the driver additional view up front and enhances the driving agenda.

People have found that the cushion height makes it uncomfortable for drivers to gain the optimum position. However, the company claims that the positioning is ideal for long and comfortable rides. Suspension and damper settings have been done for on the road travelling and the A4 is not designed to go off road. The vehicle is very smooth on tarmac and is the perfect vehicle for long road trips. The Audi A4 is expected to be available in showrooms by the later part of the year.
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