Motor Trend recently came out with a list of the top 15 sedans we should most look forward to and the upcoming B9 Audi A4 is one of them.
This is no surprise, really, as the Audi A4 is one of America’s most popular sedans and so a new one would naturally be exciting. However, this new Audi A4 is especially exciting as it could finally put Audi in the conversation for the top of the segment that’s been defined by the BMW 3 Series for so long. The current Audi A4 is a great car, but it’s lacking in a few key areas that makes in only middle of the pack in a field of excellent luxury sport sedans.
The new A4 seems to be correcting those few flaws. Firstly, is the ride. The current Audi A4 simply rides to harshly. Firm suspension is fine as long as there’s handling dividends to make up for it. However, the current B8 Audi A4’s handling is a bit sloppy and the firm suspension just feels spikey, not necessarily sporty. Secondly, the new B9 A4 should handle significantly better, by using a new suspension setup that provides the A4 with control arms that control both vertical and lateral movement, similar to Jaguar’s Integral Link system. What the new A4 won’t fix over the previous model is the looks. While neither are bad looking by any means, they’re both a bit safe and conservative looking. Understated is good, but sometimes it can go so far as to be boring and it seems as if the old and new A4 have done just that.
However, the new Audi A4 will have an extremely impressive interior. The interior of the B9 Audi A4 has been said to be best in class by some of the European publications who have gotten their hands on it before us. Judging from pictures, they’re not wrong, as this new A4’s cabin is simply superb looking. The optional Virtual Cockpit is also a necessary option. Having used it in the new Audi TT and Q7, I can tell you it’s a must have for any new Audi.
The current A4 is getting a bit long in the tooth and with many exceptional options from BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and even Cadillac, it’s getting even more irrelevant. However, this new model could push Audi right back into the mix of things and even be considered one of the best in the segment. It’s not going to be easy for it though, as the upcoming Jaguar XE is absolutely excellent and is posing a real threat to, not only the Audi A4 but to the BMW 3 Series as well. However it turns out, though, we’re very much looking forward to the upcoming Audi A4 and you should be too.[Source: Motor Trend]