The 2016 Audi A4 is the ninth in its generation and after twenty years of A4s, it certainly feels brand new. After the previous model, the B8, failed to keep up with its rivals: The BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes C-Class and the Jaguar XE, we’re expecting the B9 to drive Audi back up the sales track.
The Audi A4 has had various redesigns over the last two decades, but the exterior has remained relatively the same. Well, the new A4 certainly isn’t breaking with that tradition very much, but the sleeker body claims less drag and the 120kg weight reduction claims better fuel economy. The real aesthetic changes are found inside. The old model felt cramped and a little claustrophobic but the B9 interior offers luxury materials, more space, and a better driving position. The cabin features a huge amount of technology, yet doesn’t feel overpowered or overcrowded. With drivers starting to prioritise technology over other aspects, these extras may just put the A4 above its rivals.
Entry levels offer a range of exciting gadgets as standard: keyless-go, smartphone connectivity, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, cruise control, rear-parking sensors, climate control, and a 7-inch infotainment screen. The A4 also offers a variety of optional extras: traffic jam assist, Matrix LED headlamps, and auto-pilot cruise control, to name a few. And the performance numbers aren’t bad either.
The entry level diesel is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that can achieve 148bhp, a top speed of 136mph and makes the 0-62mph sprint in 8.6 seconds. Its fuel economy ratings are 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine offers similar numbers, with identical 148bhp, max speed of 131mph and makes the 0-62mph drive in 8.9 seconds. It claims 114g/km of CO2 emissions and 57.7mpg for fuel economy. So far, the Audi A4 has only been announced with three petrol and four diesel engine options, a plug-in hybrid has not been confirmed but many speculate it won’t be far behind.
The only thing looming over the potential success of the A4, set to become available early next year, is the scandal surrounding its parent company Volkswagen. Although the A4 hasn’t been caught up in the emissions rigging mess, its smaller relative the A3 has. Only time will tell if the emissions scandal has tainted the reputation of all Volkswagen related brands, but we hope it doesn’t because the new A4 looks like a delight to drive.
Prices for the entry level SE saloon model start from £25,900, prices for the Sport start at £26,850 and from £30,150 for the top-of-the-range S line. The A4 is also available in Avant, with prices starting from £27,300.