Audi A4 Facelift: Subtle but Effective

This current generation of Audi A4, the B9 gen, is still quite new and fresh looking, having only debuted a few years ago. Though, that hasn’t stopped Audi from giving it a facelift to keep it fresh enough to compete with its newer competitors. Admittedly, this is a very subtle facelift but it’s effective enough and makes enough of a difference to make it worthwhile.

On the outside, the bumpers have been given a bit of a refresh. At the front,  pentagonal contours surround the air intakes and they have little aluminum-looking bars inside of them, with fog lights inside of the half-square aluminum-look bars. In S Line package-equipped models, the Singleframe grille features 3D looking slats, so as to differentiate itself.

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At the back, two trapezoidal exhaust tips replaces the previous circular ones. From what it seems, as how Audi worded its press release, these are real exhaust tailpipes, rather than just fake plastic look-a-likes. We sincerely hope that’s the case, as the fake ones you see on the new Audi A6 — A8 look awful and cheap.

There’s new S Line Competition Equipment package for the entire A4 model line. e blade in the front bumper and the stone-chip guard strip in selenite silver, an RS rear spoiler on the A4 Avant and, among other things, the new Turbo Blue paint finish. The four rings logo is in the lower section of the rear doors, in either silver or black, depending on the exterior paint color. It also brings new 19-inch wheels, red brake calipers, LED headlights and sport suspension.

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The newly refreshed Audi A4 also gets some new bits on the inside, but not many. Mainly, the S Line package brings a different three-spoke steering wheel than the standard car, though the sportier version was the standard version all the pre-facelift A4 and the new standard wheel is the same one you’ll find in the new Audi A6. It also comes with new partial leather seats that have a sportier insert and look good.

Overall, this new A4 facelift is subtle but it does improve an already handsome car. Does it make it as pretty as the Alfa Romeo Giulia? No, but it certainly looks better than cars like the BMW 3 Series and Cadillac ATS.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.