2017 Audi A4

The new-generation Audi A4 fascinates with its groundbreaking synthesis of technology and aesthetics. All the technology in the Audi brand’s best-selling vehicle family has been redeveloped to redefine the benchmark in the segment. Development set great value on reducing CO2 emissions, and the engineers geared all technologies to reducing driving resistance.

Design and lightweight construction
With a length of 4.73 meters (15.5 ft) and a 2.82 meter (9.3 ft) wheelbase, the new Audi A4 stands confidently on the road. The front and rear designs are characterized by horizontal lines that emphasize the car’s width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of Audi. The Singleframe grill is broad and flat. The optional headlights with LED or Audi Matrix LED technology with dynamic turn signals provide the visual trademark.

The dimensions of the new Audi A4 have increased compared with the predecessor model, yet the unladen weight has decreased significantly – by up to as much as 110 kilograms (242.5 lb), depending on the engine version. The body is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design.

Display and operating concept

The new Audi A4 offers a wealth of intelligent technologies. At the same time, an operation has become even more intuitive with the new Audi MMI display and operating concept. The optional Audi virtual cockpit, a fully digital instrument cluster, presents the most important information in the graphic form on its high-resolution 12.3 inch LCD screen with brilliant resolution, a high level of detail and carefully calculated effects.

MMI control, which is located on the centre console, has also been redesigned and serves as the main control element. A touchpad is integrated into the MMI control panel for the top infotainment system, the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and 8.3-inch monitor. It can be used to zoom in and out as well as to input characters.

The whole MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone, including the intelligent free-text search function. The new, natural voice control system can also recognize easily understandable input in everyday language, such as: “I want to call Peter Miller”. Audi can also install an optional head‑up display.

Drive system
Three TFSI and five TDI engines make up the engine line for the new Audi A4. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 90 kW (122 hp) and 200 kW (272 hp). On the other hand, fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 21 percent. The A4 2.0 TDI ultra needs only 3.7 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (63.6 US mpg) which equates to CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometre (152.9 g/mi). All the engines combine efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.

The new Audi A4 has a groundbreaking innovation for the gasoline engines: the 2.0 TFSI ultra with 140 kW (190 hp) utilizes a new combustion method. It makes the car exceptionally efficient and allows a CO2 level of 109 grams per kilometre (175.4 g/mi) and a fuel consumption level of 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres 


The new Audi A4 makes a great stride in driveability: on the one hand sportiness, on the other hand, great comfort. This leap forward in performance is based on the newly developed five-link suspension and electromechanical power steering system. Extremely lightweight, they lay the foundation for the dynamic behaviour and the first-class ride comfort. At the same time, they reduce fuel consumption. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its ratio depending on the speed and steering angle. Suspension systems with damper control are also available, allowing the driver to choose between two trim positions for the first time – one with an emphasis on sportiness, the other oriented towards comfort. Both suspension variants are incorporated into the Audi drive select driving dynamics system, which is standard with engines from 190 hp. 

- Audi Media Centre

CarAndTruck.caSept. 8, 2017