The New Audi A4
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02 October 2020
New looks, new drive and a whole lot of new tech
It seems somewhat overdue considering how important the A4 is to Audi, but the latest latest iteration of the model has been unveiled with upgraded styling, connectivity and drivetrains.
The new A4 now falls in line with Audi’s latest styling direction, giving it a leaner, more striking overall look. A broader grill and strong horizontal lines help emphasize both the front and rear width, while Audi’s continued application of a crease line above the wheels gives the impression of the blistered wheel arches, made famous by some of its performance models.
LED headlights are standard, with Matrix LED headlights available as an option. The A4 runs on 17” wheels as standard, but can be fitted with 19” (standard on the S4).
Inside, the highlights centre around new 10.1-inch MMI display. Bigger than before, it’s now operated entirely by touch, meaning the rotary controller of previous generations has been deleted. With cleaner graphics, a simplified layout, and by using natural speech and free text inputs, Audi claims the system is easier than ever to use. The A4 is the first Audi model to allow access to the full Audi connect toy box, and this is how it works:
An embedded SIM card (meaning it's permanently installed in the car) delivers realtime information and online services. For example, Google Earth and live traffic information for journey planning, and live information (like trading hours) for local points of interest once you get there. The data used to access the info is free for 3 years.
The system also allows for Car-to-X services, giving the A4 an ability to communicate online with safety and mechanical services without the need for a connected phone. These include calling for emergency and towing services in an accident, as well as requesting a service with the car’s registered dealer.
Tapping into the A4’s tech is the myAudi app, with functionality that includes car finder, remote lock/unlock, geo-fencing/speed alert and alarm notification. The app will also display vehicle information like oil and fuel levels.
Comfort extends to a range of options for the seating, with standard ambient LED interior lighting and optional Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound. The instrument cluster is available in two flavours: old school analogue, or the all-digital Audi virtual cockpit plus, based on a 12.3-inch display.
Powering the new A4 in SA will be a range of turbo petrol engines: a 2.0 4-cylinder powers the 35 TFSI with 110kW / 270Nm and the 40 TFSI with 140kW / 320Nm. The engine features mild hybrid technology for reduced fuel consumption, and an auto gearbox as standard.
The range topper for now is the S4, powered by a 3.0 V6 turbo petrol, with 260kW / 500Nm. Audi claims a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds, and top speed is governed at 250km/h. The gearbox is an eight-speed tiptronic, and the standard quattro permanent all-wheel drive operates with a slight rear bias in normal driving conditions.
A diesel engine is set to join the lineup in early 2021.
A4 35 TFSI
A4 35 TFSI Advanced
A4 40 TFSI
A4 40 TFSI Advanced
A4 40 TFSI S line
S4 TFSI quattro