There have somewhat mixed reviews about the new B9-generation Audi A4. Most of the automotive world is happy with the improvements Audi’s brought about with the new car. It’s now faster, more agile, more dynamic and also more comfortable than the B8-generation it replaces. However, there’s a group of enthusiasts who feel that Audi should have done more and that the A4 still can’t hang with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE. There’s also a group of Audi enthusiasts who feel that Audi has gone too mainstream with it and that they prefer the understeer-heavy B5-generation.
Well, the new Audi A4 was featured on Hooniverse a few weeks ago and they came away with pretty positive things to say about it.
Firstly, it’s a far better looking car than the one it replaces, especially on the inside. The Virtual Cockpit dominates the driver’s view and provides useful information along with beautifully laid out screens and graphics. The HVAC controls as easy and intuitive. Even the MMI screen, which has been criticized for its “tacked-on” style, looks very nice and looks like a quality item.
It’s also far more comfortable and calm around town. The new A4 is based on an entirely new chassis, the new MLB platform, which gives it a longer wheelbase and more rigid construction. This allows it to be more stable over rough pavement and its new five-link suspension setup is far more supple.
At the same time, though, the new Audi A4 is far better to drive on a twisty road. While canyon roads aren’t featured in this Hooniverse video, they do say that it’s actually really good on them. We sampled the new A4 a few months back and can confirm this. It may not be the sharpest car in the segment, as that title goes to the Jaguar XE, but it’s certainly a fun car to drive on a narrow back road.
Overall, Hooniverse seems to like the Audi A4 quite a bit and makes the claim that Audi went from making good cars to great cars. I think that’s something we can agree with.