Audi’s new B9-generation A4 has been garnering quite a lot of attention since its debut last year. Whether in Europe or the United States, the new Audi A4 has been quite loved by the public and the press alike. Its combination of good looks, impressive technology, fun-to-drive dynamics and luxury makes it a superb overall sport sedan. Kelley Blue Book seems to agree, as it’s just name the new Audi A4 its Best Buy for 2017 in the Luxury Car segment.
We are big fans of the new B9 Audi A4, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise to us. But it’s nice to hear it getting the recognition it deserves. The first thing the KBB notices about the A3 is its design. Redesigned for 2017 (2016 in Europe), the Audi A4 is far better looking than its predecessor. It’s sharper, more dynamic looking and packs a more youthful design.
Those same design philosophies make their way into the cabin as well. With a minimalist and functional design and cool metal trim replacing classic wood, the interior of the A4 is more fit for the younger audience Audi is trying to attract. There’s also the absolutely brilliant optional Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster, which displays all of the information a driver could possibly want. It can switch between two traditional (but digital) gauges to two smaller ones flanking the sides of a massive navigation map or even a single tachometer with digital speedo inside of it, for sportier driving. It’s nothing short of brilliance.
But that’s not all of the tech in the A4. Audi’s new and improved MMI multimedia infotainment system is featured as well, with new natural voice recognition and a touchpad on the controller wheel that recognizes handwriting. There’s also Google Maps and 4G LTE connectivity, making it a breeze to look up and find a destination. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available.
But it isn’t just fancy tech and connectivity that makes the Audi A4 so fantastic. It’s also great to drive. With far sharper reflexes than the previous generation and great steering, that’s both nicely weighted a decently communicative, the Audi A4 is one of the best driving cars in its class. Is it as sharp as a BMW 3 Series or Jaguar XE? No, not quite. However, it’s better than most of the competition and still damn good to drive. Plus, Quattro all-wheel drive provides exceptional grip all-weather capability and great performance.
It’s also quite luxurious. With new adaptive suspension, the Audi A4 has a supple ride that’s also planted and controlled. It’s comfortable while also feeling sporty. Combine that with the comfortable seats, roomy interior and great interior tech and you have a car that you can spend hours in at a time.
When you consider that you can have all of this for about $50,000, the Audi A4 becomes an excellent luxury car value proposition. While the Audi A4 starts at $39,400 for a front-wheel drive model, you don’t want that. You want Quattro all-wheel drive and the technology package, so you can get the Virtual Cockpit, which brings the price closer to $50,000. For that though, you get a car that can do everything and be everything.