We’ve said this before, that EVO provides some of the more informative reviews out there, mainly because the folks at EVO are usually pretty hard to impress. So even though we’ve read other Audi A4 reviews, a review by EVO warrants mentioning.
In this test, the folks at EVO drove the 2.0 liter TFSI engine, in 184 hp guise, and the 3.0 liter TDI V6. The former engine is said to be a bit buzzy when revved, which needs to be done often to get it up to speed as 184 hp isn’t much. However, once up to cruising speed, the 2.0 TFSI engine smooths out and becomes nice and quiet. Power is decently effective, though. The 3.0 TDI is the better engine of the two, as it can hustle the A4 to 60 mph in around 5.3 seconds and returns pretty good fuel economy. Its 268 hp and gobs of diesely torque also make it feel faster at any speed in any gear, as there’s ample power in all gears. The torque feels especially good in this motor.
Handling is something that has always plagued Audi in this segment. The A4 was never the handler that the BMW 3 Series was or the Jaguar XE is now. According to EVO, this is still mostly true, but the new A4 is miles ahead of the last one, in terms of handling prowess. While it isn’t as dynamic as the 3 Series, nor does it have as good of steering, but it is one of the better driving cars in its class. The ride, however, is very good indeed. Possibly even best in the class. The suspension is smooth and responds to bumps in the road with aplomb. It soaks up bumps while still remaining tight and controlled. Audi has really worked hard on this suspension. It’s also whisper quite in the cabin, thanks to quite engine, double-glazed windows and excellent aerodynamics, the A4 is near silent on the interior.
Speaking of interior, that is the area where EVO spent the most compliments. The seats are supposedly very good and offer plenty of adjustments, the cabin is airy with a good greenhouse and the technology is unparalleled. We’ve all seen the pictures, the new A4’s interior is best-in-class. The materials are said to be excellent and the design is spot-on.
The Audi A4 might be a bit behind of its competitors, in terms of handling, but it’s interior is absolutely top notch. The BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE offer better handling and performance, while the Mercedes-Benz C Class offers more luxury, but the Audi A4’s combination of a near-perfect ride, solid dynamics and best-in-class interior might make the A4 the best all-rounder in the class. We’ll wait until we can compare some of them together before we hand it that title, but it looks like the A4 claiming that title is a definite possibility. Finally an A4 to really believe in.