In the BS6 era, downsizing has been the name of the game for many automakers. Large, inefficient engines have made way for smaller units. While power outputs usually remained the same, there is, as they say, no replacement for displacement. Thankfully, the Audi A4 eschews that with a larger engine in its latest facelift.
As far as facelifts go, this one is more significant than the last. It’s got new headlights and a restyled bumper up front. There’s also the new single-piece grille, which is large but still easy on the eyes. It’s the same story out back, with new tail-lights and a restyled bumper cover. This generation of the A4 has been around globally since 2016 and these changes work well to keep it looking fresh. The side profile of the A4 remains more or less the same, but you do see some of the chrome elements of the bumper extend towards the side of the car. Audi has been killing it lately with its alloy-wheel designs, but for the A4, it chose this relatively bland five-spoke design. The wheels aren’t all bad, but sportier wheels would have done wonders for its profile.
Inside, there’s a raft of new changes to the car. The old MMI system and rotary knob make way for a new touchscreen infotainment system. Unlike the larger Audis, this still gets physical switches for climate control and other vehicle functions. The screen doesn’t offer haptic feedback, but is still very easy to use. The virtual cockpit digital gauge cluster acts as a second screen for navigation and media, so you don’t have to take your hand off the wheel to control those functions. Apart from that, you also get three-zone climate control with touch-sensitive buttons and wireless charging for your phone. The light interior is airy and gives you the feeling of space. You can also add to that by opening up the sunroof.
While it’s true that a majority of A4s will be chauffeur-driven, more power is always welcome. The 150-bhp 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine has been replaced by a 2.0-litre unit making 187 bhp and 32.6 kgm of torque. It’s a pretty significant bump and something you’ll definitely notice when you get behind the wheel. The power figures aren’t earth-shattering, but they are pretty much par for the course in this segment. The 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and paddle shifters provide some much-needed excitement though. Hey, this isn’t the S4 or RS4, so don’t go expecting blistering performance.
What you can expect, however, is excellent ride quality. In a word, it’s sublime. The car glides over rough terrain with a whole lot of poise. Unfortunately, that means handling takes a back seat. Don’t worry, though, the numb steering prepares you for exactly what to expect in the handling department.
The new powertrain is a much-needed shot in the arm for the A4 and it helps it take on the competition with a little more confidence now. If you’re looking for a car to be driven in and occasionally drive, you definitely won’t be disappointed with the updated Audi A4.
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AUDI A4 40 TFSI
Displacement: 1984cc, I4, turbo-petrol
Max power: 187 bhp@4200-6000 rpm
Max torque: 32.6 kgm@1450-4200 rpm
F/R: 245/45 R17
L/W/H (mm): 4762/1847/1433
Wheelbase: 2819 mm
Kerb weight: 1555 kg
Fuel capacity: 53 litres
PRICE: Rs 42.34 lakh, ex-showroom, (Premium Plus)
Rs 46.67 lakh, ex-showroom, (Technology)