Fifth-gen compact executive saloon majors on low emissions and fuel consumption rather than revolutionary design. The all-new 2016 Audi A4 has been revealed in sedan and Avant (wagon) guise, with the German maker claiming the new model represents a “fascinating synthesis of technology and aesthetics”, and a car that “yet again defines the benchmark in the segment”.
Can this possibly be all-new?
It is, because this is the fifth generation of Audi’s A4 boasting an all-new body. Of course, the design could be mistaken as a facelift of the preceding model. Unsurprisingly, though, mild evolution is very common with Audi.
The basic silhouette remains very A4-like, but the key changes in design include a more accentuated hexagonal grille, jagged front lights, wedgy fog lamp inserts and slimmer rear lamps.
There’s more differentiation inside. Like in many of Audi’s latest models, the 2016 Audi A4 comes with low, tidy fascia design with a freestanding monitor for the infotainment, virtual instrument display, stubby gearbox lever and chunky steering wheel with all kinds of buttons on it.
Is 2016 Audi A4 bigger than before?
Yes it is. The new A4 is 4,730mm long, 1,840mm wide and 1,430mm tall. Just as competitive is the 2,820mm wheelbase, claimed to give the A4 more interior space than ever.
As with most new models on the market these days, the bigger A4 hasn’t come at the expense of weight. By splashing around some lightweight materials around the car, the A4 is around 15kg lighter than before.
New A4 is bigger yet lighter than ever
Is 2016 Audi A4 still front wheel drive?
Yup, just like other Audis, although there’s always a four-wheel drive option for grip-conscious buyers and for high performance versions like the S4 and RS4.
But before hot-rod versions of the new A4 come on tap, Audi has announced basic models first, all with turbo power, to rival the mainstream models of the Volvo S60, as well as rear-wheel-drive players like the Alfa Romeo Giulia, BMW 3-series, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-class.
Kicking off the range is 150hp 1.4-litre petrol unit capable in excess of 20kpl. Nearly as economical is the 190hp 2.0-litre variant, which also spawns a high output version with 252hp.
Remarkably, this most potent petrol head yet can accelerate from 0-100kph in 5.8sec yet achieve 17.5kpl. In fact, this new 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit has a much higher compression ratio of 11.7:1.
In simpler terms, the 2.0-litre motor requires the same amount of gas to compress as in the smaller 1.4, thus the headline-making fuel economy figures.
There’s the imperative 2.0-litre diesel with either 150hp or 190hp both with circa-25kpl. Plus, there’s a performance oriented 3.0-litre V6 diesel in two tunes: 218hp and 272hp.
The other engine announced is CNG version of the 2.0-litre with 170hp for the so-called A4 g-tron. All are available with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Virtual instrument panel comes to A4 for the first time.
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