Juliet Reviews…The Audi A4

The segment that the Audi A4 plays in is dominated by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 3 Series and, of course, the Audi A4. The current generation A4 launched back in 2016 and it was a knock out. Not only did it look great, but it was an incredible revamp of what was already considered a good car. It is, after all, the core of the Audi brand. Due to such strong competition between the trio, Audi needs to keep its contender fresh and ready to take on anything. This is a mild facelift, but still in keeping with what Audi set out to achieve.

The most significant update is the inclusion of Audi Connect, which is technology that focuses on integrating the structures that use online connectivity with the vehicle, to provide real-time information and multiple digital functions. This includes delivering internet services to the car via an embedded sim (installed directly into the vehicle) and used through the myAudi app. This is not new technology by any means, we have seen it on a many of premium cars thus far, but it is a first for Audi. It’s all about convenience really. It can tell you when you need a service, call emergency services if your car is involved in an accident, give you a weather or traffic update, give you live information around points of interest, and, with the Audi app, you’re able to remotely check your car’s fuel levels and all sorts of other vital information. It’s like your own personal assistant in your hand.

Other changes to the Audi A4 include the latest design language coming from Audi. Some highlights include the singleframe grille now broader and flatter and horizontal lines emphasizing the width at the front and rear. The side view is defined by the distinctive muscles above the fenders and the lower set shoulder line in between. And the rear sports updated tail light clusters. LED lights are now standard across the range. You can opt for a new exterior colour in the form of Terra Grey. The interior sees the latest Touch Response MMI screen and 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit (optional). There are a load of options to choose from when it comes to seat customisation, and packages such as Comfort, Technology, and Sport will also be up for grabs.

There are three engines to choose from starting with the A4 35 TFSI or 40 TFSI which boast 2.0 turbocharged petrol engines producing 110 kW/270 Nm and 140 kW/320 Nm respectively. If you want to blow your hair back, you can opt for the S4 TFSI with its 3.0-litre turbocharged engine which produces 206 kW and 500 Nm, but you will have to wait a little

while longer for it.

The A4 will continue to compete among the top three, especially now that it is more stylish and more connected than ever.

AUDI A4 PRICING

Audi A4 35 TFSI S tronic:   R 644,000

Audi A4 35 TFSI Advanced S tronic:   R 663,000

Audi A4 40 TFSI S tronic:   R 681,500

Audi A4 40 TFSI Advanced S tronic:   R 700,500

Audi A4 40 TFSI S line S tronic:   R 726,500

Audi S4 TFSI 260kW quattro tiptronic:   R 944,500

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