Review - Audi A4
April 06, 2021
No, it’s not a sheet of paper. This is a car. It just happens to called the Audi A4. But, on first impressions, that’s a bit of a metaphor actually as it can seem about as exciting as a piece of white A4 paper.
Fortunately, it’s a clean sheet of paper that you can rearrange and add colour to, transforming it into a much more desirable and rewarding A4. Yes, we’re still talking about the car.
The A4 is Audi’s answer to vehicles such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. It’s a premium sedan (or wagon), available with a wide variety of fuel-friendly turbocharged engines. You can even opt for a saucy S4 model that comes with a potent V6 powerhouse, as tested here.
Inside, you won’t find another vehicle that’s as clean or well presented in this class. It’s like Audi has hired an office designer to come up with the decor in here. And not just any office. A high-end office, perhaps on the 100th floor in a chic building in Dubai.
Every detail is painstakingly stitched, bolted, or carved together to create an atmosphere of incredible luxury and attention to detail. Cabin space is also superb, with big seats in the front accommodating the fattest of bums, and a large rear seat that puts it at the upper end of the class.
Audi loves buzz words like ‘connected’ and ‘virtual’ and ‘digital’. And as a sign of this, almost everything inside shares some degree of this philosophy. Take the instrument cluster (the speedo). Audi calls it a Virtual Cockpit. But there’s nothing virtual about it. In reality it is a super-crisp digital display that offers various layout options and designs.
Once you’re up and driving, it’s a similar story. Audi offers an excellent adaptive cruise control system that is able to read the traffic around you, automatically. You just set the speed and it will follow the car in front, at a set distance, and then you can just sit back and relax and only control the steering.
It’s unfortunate this car shares its name with a sheet of paper. But once you get over the initial yawn-inducing impressions, there’s certainly nothing boring about the latest Audi A4. It’s advanced, spacious, and offers perhaps the best interior of any vehicle in this class.
5 specs you need to know:
- Engine: 3.0-litre turbo V6
- Transmission and drive: Eight-speed auto, all-wheel drive
- ANCAP safety rating: Five stars
- Official fuel economy: 7.7L/100km
- Time from 0-100km/h: 4.7 seconds
- Properly premium interior
- Great performance in S4 guise
- Neat and tidy design flies under the radar
- Lots and lots of desirable yet expensive options
- Drive character a little boring compared with rivals