The Audi A4 returns for the 2016 model year with a few upgrades to continue the fight in the luxury sedan segment.
At first glance, the changes to the 2016 A4 are not apparent. On the outside the only changes to last year are the optional 19-inch wheels and Misano Red pearl effect paint.
The cabin is the area that receives the majority of the updates. Premium model A4’s get a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, an advanced key, Audi connect added to the Navigation plus package, and a Bang & Olufsen Sound System to the Technology package.
While these upgrades may not seem significant, the Audi A4 retains everything that made it so appealing in the first place.
The Audi A4 is a reasonably priced luxury sedan with an inspired interior design. Its interior is highly comfortable and practical.
The A4’s driving position is excellent as it doesn’t have a slightly offset steering wheel or pedals, like some of its competitors. The electronically adjustable driver’s seat includes height adjustment to accommodate any size driver.
In the rear, headroom is adequate and there is plenty of legroom. Since the A4 can have all-wheel drive there is a transmission tunnel, but the centre seat is fairly wide so a child could easily ride there without issue.
Adding to its practically, the rear seats fold down and the opening is quite large – unlike many of its rivals – making it very useable. The trunk, too, is nice and large, and its square shape makes loading cargo easy.
In terms of features, the A4 comes standard with many appreciated items. Highlights include heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and cruise control.
As far as options, the big one is Audi connect, which offers in-vehicle Wi-Fi for up to eight devices and adds Google Earth Mapping to the navigation system.
All A4 models come with Audi’s 2.0 TFSI engine. It produces 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is also one of the most fuel-efficient engines in this class.
Those wanting more performance can opt for the S4 with its 3.0 TFSI V6. It uses direct injection with mechanical turbocharging to turn out 333 hp while returning moderate fuel economy.
Overall, the A4 is very nice to drive. It corners well and offers plenty of confidence, especially if you go with Audi’s quattro AWD system.
When cruising on the highway, the A4’s well-insulated cabin makes for a highly relaxing drive. Audi drive select is also on hand allowing you to adapt the characteristics of the car to suit your preferences using three modes – comfort, auto and dynamic.
While in town, all transmission options are nice and smooth. The base front-wheel drive A4 comes with a CVT, whereas quattro models have the option of either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic.
The A4’s steering is also nice and light, but is also its weakness. This current generation A4 has electric power steering and, as with most of these systems, it lacks feel and feedback.
As a result, the Audi A4 isn’t as much fun to drive on a backroad as a BMW 3 Series. Also, despite Audi altering the suspension to be more compliant, it’s still not as smooth as a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. A warning to those considering the Sports package, the suspension can be overly harsh at times.
In the end, the 2016 Audi A4 should remain highly desirable.
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