Since the debut of this new B9-generation Audi A4, it’s sort of been a really good middle-man between its two main rivals. It’s smoother and more luxurious than the BMW 3 Series but doesn’t handle as well. It’s also more fun to drive than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class but it’s not as luxurious. So the A4 walks a nice line in between the two. With this new Facelift, it seems that the A4 gets even better at doing exactly the same thing.
After its update, the Audi A4 gets some new styling, which features new headlights, taillights and even some nice creases over the wheel arches. It looks sharp and premium but we’re not sure if its new face looks better than the pre-facelift car.
You can’t fault the Facelift on the inside, though. While the design is virtually the same as the pre-facelift Audi A4, it gets the brand’s latest Touch Response MMI system, which is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous setup. Although, its touchscreen is in the same place as the previous screen, the latter of which was never made to be touched. That makes using the new touchscreen a bit tricky. Still, the new MMI screen and updated Virtual Cockpit make an already excellent cabin even better.
As far as driving dynamics, the Audi A4 was already quite good to drive but it’s even better now. Carwow’s Mat Watson seems pleasantly surprised by how well it drives, especially considering his test car was only front-wheel drive and now Quattro-equipped. It might not be quite as fun as the 3 Series or even the Alfa Romeo Giulia but it’s still plenty fun and surprisingly capable. Plus, the ride is good, according to Watson, and his car only had the standard fixed suspension, rather than the adaptive setup.
Overall, Watson claims that the new Audi A4 Facelift is a very good car and among the best in its class. So if you’re in the market for a midsize executive sport sedan, the A4 needs to be at the top of your list.