We’ve already seen some reviews of the new A4, even some by Auto Express, but this one is of the 3.0 liter TDI V6 variant, which so happens to be the fastest and most powerful variant until the S4 debuts.
Oddly enough, the most powerful Audi A4 sold in the UK is the 3.0 TDI V6. With its 268 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0 TDI A4 can reach 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, besting even competitors petrol engines, such as the BMW 328i and Mercedes-Benz C300. That’s mighty impressive for an engine that’s also quite economical, getting 54 mph on the EU cycle. Mated to an eight-speed automatic, the power comes on smooth and the gearbox simply shuffles through gears to give a seemingly endless wave of power.
But the Audi A4 being fast was never an issue. It’s always been competitive in a straight line. Where the A4 always fell to its competitors was in the twisty-turn section. Turn the wheel on previous A4s and you’re met with understeer, tire squeal and numb steering. However, this new B9 A4 is much improved for 2016. The steering is accurate and void of understeer. Some will still complain about the lack of actual “feel” through the wheel, but to be honest, not man cars have genuine feel anymore. After recently sampling the brand new BMW 340i through the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico, I can tell you that there wasn’t much feel there either. But that didn’t stop the 340i from being a great car and it won’t stop the A4, either.
One area that the new A4 is also improved over its predecessor is the suspension. While firm in S Line trim, it’s still better than the previous model and adjustable dampers can be had for relatively little money (£600 in the UK) which will help soften the ride a bit. Though Auto Express did sample the A4 on UK roads which tend to be a bit more rough than roads in Germany or the United States, two of Audi’s biggest markets.
The area that Auto Express did say that the A4 crushed its competitors was on the inside. The interior of the A4’s cabin is tremendous. The materials are top-notch, with not a single cheap plastic anywhere in reach, and the design is gorgeous. Audi also has the best digital gauge-cluster in the business.
The 2016 Audi A4 seems to be what A4s have always been, just taken up a couple of notches. It’s always been the excellent Jack of all Trades, but Master of None. It’s extremely competent in all areas but it doesn’t really jump out at you in any. We’ll have to drive the new A4 to see how it stacks up for ourselves, but it seems that the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE might have it beat in terms of handling. But the A4 seems to be an outstanding all-around sport sedan that doesn’t do anything poorly. It’s going to have to come down to actual back-to-back driving impressions to pick a winner here.[Source: Auto Express]