While the automotive world buzzes with excitement over Audi’s electric vehicle endeavours and the dominance of SUVs, it’s easy to overlook the enduring appeal of a quality sedan. Amidst the cacophony of electrification and high-riding SUVs, the Audi A4 quietly holds its ground, delivering an understated blend of sophistication and driving pleasure. With Audi’s relentless focus on innovation, its diminutive sedan has received a few noteworthy enhancements, offering a compelling choice for those who value the traditional allure of a well-crafted four-door vehicle.
The A4 now boasts a couple of new paint options, additional features, and a mild price increase. In a market segment that thrives on competition, the Audi A4 faces rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series, and it remains an attractive proposition for those who seek a blend of power, sophistication, and comfort. Under the hood, it sports the same 2-litre turbo-petrol engine found in the Q3 SUV, generating a respectable 187 bhp and a hearty 32.6 kgm of torque. What’s even more exciting is its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which offers a seamless driving experience.
Despite the A4’s strong emphasis on dynamic driving, it manages to offer reasonably good fuel economy; on our regular test route, we got an indicated 17.1 kmpl with spirited driving, which is very good for a car of this size. Whether you’re darting through city streets or cruising on the highway, the A4’s performance remains satisfyingly smooth and responsive. The precision steering and a well-tuned suspension contribute to its pleasing road manners. It delivers a comfortable ride, adeptly absorbing minor road imperfections while maintaining superb stability. Being a front-wheel drive car, you do get some predictable understeer when the A4 is pushed through corners. The only thing missing is the quattro all-wheel drive system, which would have ensured excellent traction in various driving conditions. Still, the Audi A4 remains good fun to drive.
The car also looks stylish and modern because of its distinctive Singleframe grille, sharp angles and clean lines. A hint of sportiness is added by the angular alloy wheels and brash LED headlamps. The aerodynamic profile of the A4 improves not only its looks, but also its efficiency and performance on the road. While Audi has always set a high standard for interior quality, the 2023 A4’s cabin feels slightly dated compared to some of the brand’s more recent models.
Nevertheless, it remains a finely crafted and comfortable space. The interior layout is well-organised and ergonomic, allowing easy access to essential controls and infotainment functions. The 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, is intuitive and responsive. The digital driver’s display provides a wealth of information right in the line of sight, enhancing the driving experience. With three-zone climate control, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, power-adjustable front seats and a sunroof, among others, the A4 doesn’t leave you wanting for creature comforts. In terms of safety, the car is well-equipped with a comprehensive suite of features, including eight airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), all-wheel disc brakes, hill hold assist, and a rear-view camera.
The 2023 Audi A4 showcases Audi’s commitment to luxury and performance. With its powerful and efficient engine, refined ride and handling, and a feature-packed interior, it retains its appeal in a competitive market. While the interior may not be as cutting-edge as some other Audis, it remains a comfortable and well-organised space. In the face of its rivals, the Audi A4 proves to be a strong contender, offering a great balance of power and sophistication, making it a worthy choice in the premium sedan segment.