Auto Trader just recently released its video review of the brand-new 2016 B9 Audi A4 and it’s the most comprehensive review we’ve seen yet.
After reviewing the new Mercedes-Benz C Class, BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE up against each other in a recent video, Auto Trader got to test the A4, so the reviewer, Paul Bond, can really bring perspective to the test. The test car was an Audi A4 2.0 liter TFSI, making 252 hp, in some of the more scenic parts of Italy. Which might be unfair, because how can anyone dislike anything while driving thought country roads that look like that?
First, Bond talks about the looks of the A4, both inside and out. Like every other review, Bond claims the A4 to be handsome, but nothing special on the exterior. The interior, however, is a different story. In the review, he raves about the interior claiming it to be possibly best in class. While it’s not as pretty as the new Mercedes-Benz C Class on the inside, it’s more ergonomic and better laid out. It’s also more functional, with the brilliant Virtual Cockpit option. Though a knock against the A4 is that many of the nice things on the inside of the A4’s cabin are optional extras, whereas much of these options are standard on its competitors.
In terms of performance, the new 2.0 TFSI engine is a gem and that’s been said by many. With a claimed 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds (it’s most likely quicker than that), the A4 is quick. Though the BMW 328i and Jaguar XE are a touch faster, this is still no slouch. The transmission works brilliantly, whether moseying around town or cruising on the highway. This is much improved over the somewhat coarse 2.0 liter engine of the previous model.
The handling is also much improved, as the somewhat harsh ride of its predecessor has all but been eliminated. The ride is smooth, composed and still taut. It’s one of the best riding cars in the segment. It also has seemingly rid understeer from the A4’s handling traits. Thank revised suspension and a new five-link control arm setup in the front.
The new B9 Audi A4 is far superior to its predecessor in every measurable and immeasurable way. It rides better, is faster, handles better, has a much better interior and is flat-out more fun to drive. Bond claims that the Audi A4 isn’t as pretty as the Mercedes, isn’t as dynamic as the Jaguar XE but could possibly be as good of an all-rounder as the BMW 3 Series. That’s indeed high praise, as the 3 Series has made its bones as being the best all around C segment car in the world for decades now. We’ll see for sure when the A4 officially goes on sale in the US.