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Five Interesting Features on the B9 A4

The B9 Audi A4 is all the craze nowadays. It’s lighter, lower, faster, more economical and should be better to drive. The exterior looks pretty much the same as the B8 and the interior is very nice. All of this we know already. However, there are a few cool features that you might not know. Audi has made some clever little designs that it isn’t pushing on the public. So let’s take a look at them.

2016 Audi A4

5. Blacked out radiator – This is a feature on all newer Audis, but it’s worth mentioning. Audi paints all of its radiators black they can’t be seen when looking at the front grille. This gives the car a more upscale and aggressive look. It’s attention to detail like that that separates Audi from other competition.

2016 Audi A4

4. Full-size spare – This is actually quite important, as most car companies don’t offer a full-size spare anymore. In many BMWs the spare was replaced by either a tire patch kit or they just use run flat tires, which ruin the ride. Having a full-size spare is a nice convenience. It allows you to change a tire in only a couple of minutes and get back on the road, in case of a flat, instead of either getting out the repair kit and messing with that or driving to a tire shop on a semi-flat run flat tire.

S4 engine mounted longitudinaly
S4 engine mounted longitudinaly

3.All engines are longitudinal – One of the things that’s bothered many car enthusiasts about entry level Audis is the fact that they start life as front-wheel drive. It isn’t so much the front-wheel drive that bothers enthusiasts as much as it is all of the baggage that comes with it. Typically, with a front-wheel drive car, the engine is mounted transversely, or sideways. This makes for poor packaging and makes the engine more difficult to work on. Well, for the front-wheel drive B9 A4s, Audi has kept the longitudinal engine layout, but just not installing rear driveshafts or axles and capping off the transmission. This means better packaging, weight distribution and ease of maintenance. It also means no more CVT, which was the standard transmission for front-wheel drive A4s and was horrible. CVTs don’t belong in Audis. Period.

2016 Audi A4

2. Standard rear-zone climate control – Most cars nowadays come with dual-zone climate control for the front driver and passenger zones. This makes life quite nice up front. But the poor sap in the back usually has to just make do with whatever temps the front passengers set. No longer, however, as the B9 A4 will come with three-way climate control as standard. This way, rear passengers can adjust their temperature and fan speed to the degree all by themselves.

2016 Audi A4

1. Smart ambient lighting – The interior ambient lighting can change colors, depending on your tastes. This is a nice feature and is offered on most cars in class. However, the B9 A4’s has an extra feature that no other cars do. The ambient lighting system has been linked to the Blind Spot Monitor, for those cars who have it equipped. If you’re parked and readying to open your door, the Blind Spot Monitor can detect pedestrians or bicycles or even other cars and warn you not to open the door by changing the ambient lighting color to red. Impressive.

 

 

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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.