The facelift of the B9-generation Audi A4 isn’t exactly new, as it’s been out in Europe for awhile now. However, it’s just starting to make its way to the US market now. Better late than never, I guess.
When it gets here, the Audi A4 facelift will arrive for all iterations of the A4. So the A4 Allroad and Audi S4 will both receive the same updates. Those include an entirely new front end; with new headlights, a new grille design and new front air intakes; as well as new taillights. Some interior updates are also included, such as the new Touch Response MMI screen and the latest Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster.
Power and performance are the same across the board, with no real mechanical changes to speak of. So the standard Audi A4 gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 188 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque in standard front-wheel drive-spec. Opting for Quattro (which, why wouldn’t you?) also gets you 248 hp and 273 lb-ft. The Quattro-equipped car gets to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The Audi A4 Allroad gets the same 248 hp version of the engine and hits 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, thanks to its added weight.
As for the Audi S4, power and performance is also unchanged. So it still gets the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 with 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That gets it to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. It also gets the same sort of exterior and interior updates, only with a few extra sporty touches, such as the “Alu-Optic” aluminum trim here and there.
We said it when the Audi A4 facelift arrived for Europe and we’ll say it again: we’re not quite sure if we like the new look. The pre-facelift A4/S4 looked so good and those angular headlights really made it stand out as the sportier car in the class. This new facelift looks okay but it might actually be a step down. Maybe with time we’ll begin to see it differently. We will say this, though, the new interior changes and MMI screen will be a huge upgrade over the pre-facelift car. So that’s a win.