Life is like a race and if you are to run fast and achieve success, then be an owner of Audi’s vehicles. I am personally biased towards Audi A4’s latest model of 2017.
Classic design ages decently, but the 2017 Audi A4 conceals its technological prowess under a body that’s more evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The latest design of the German company’s compact executive saloon may appear a whole lot like the outgoing model, but to my mind that’s the real beauty of it: unlike some opponents, change hasn’t been made for its own personal sake.
With over 12 million sold worldwide, the graceful A4 width=”300″ height=”199″ is one of the most successful midsize saloons out there. It has to be perfect, too, as it is competing in one of the most competitive segments, up against classic enemies like Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class and BMW’s 3 Series and also along with newer challengers like Cadillac’s ATS. That clearly means Audi bringing its A-game when it simply comes to driving dynamics, future-proof technologies, and accuracy in design.
It doesn’t really matter from which angle you look at the A4, it’s well-proportioned and sheeny. Though it clearly has a very strong connection with its predecessor, in fact almost 90-percent of the exterior is completely new. Look quite closer and you can easily identify the new body panels all thanks to the sharper edges and more notable creases; according to Audi, a lot of effort and hard work went into improving the aerodynamics of the car, and the result is simply a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.27.
An ideal looking, lightweight car is a waste of space if it doesn’t operate just as well on the road. Improvements in handling and ride, along with a sense of fun and entertainment, are the name of the game. For 2017 that means a brand new muscular 2.0-liter TFSI engine (turbo fuel-stratified injection) engine along with 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
The fun actually starts at 1,600 rpm and hits a peak at 4,500 for what’s a fairly broad power band. It is matched up to a customized 7-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission. For a luxury cruiser, only 5.7 seconds from 0 to 60 mph in the Quattro all-wheel drive – 6.1 seconds for the FWD – don’t you think it’s too shabby, considering how well it accelerates along the straights and negotiates the bends.
While during some more spirited driving sessions on the highway and along the back roads, I personally found handling to be good both in Comfort and Auto drive modes; and switching to Dynamic stiffens up the steering, while Individual mode permits you to independently change the steering input, shift points, damper control, and adaptive cruise control behavior.
Sport suspension is an available option in A4, lowering the ride height by roughly 23 mm, as well as adaptive-damping suspension for the selection of sportier handling or a more comfy ride depending on the drive mode you’re in. You might be pondering whether a 2.0-liter four-cylinder is really enough push the A4 along with some sense of sportiness, and that is an honest concern.
Having had the chance to drive the A4 abroad as well as stateside on open roads, I somehow feel like the additional 32-horsepower is simply the “perfect size”. On the one side you obtain much better fuel economy than before, but on the other there is the fast-acting turbocharger lending its boost for smart overtaking. All the same, if you really desire of peak performance and handling – and a more compelling reply to the hotter models in the 3 Series line-up – you should sincerely wait for the Audi S4.Read More