The entry-level sedan from Audi, A4, is launched in India in new avatars, namely Premium Plus and Technology. The Premium Plus is priced at Rs. 38.10 lakh whereas the top-end trim, Technology, costs Rs. 41.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi/Maharashtra). Audi A4 has been a successful model in India for the past few years and the new addition to the family is expected to bring the much required boost to the model as well as the brand. A lot of new features and tweaks in design have made the A4 much advanced and attractive. The diesel trim of the same model is still awaited in India.
The all new Audi A4 is now more comfortable with more leg space and improved cabin. In order to resemble to its previous kin, Audi A4 is designed cautiously and consciously and the style is evolutionary too. LED treatment has been given to tail lamps and headlamps that make the motor super stylish and sexy. Chrome-plated hexagonal grille, classic three-box proportions and the 17-inch alloy wheels add more flavor to the looks of A4. The overall appearance of the machine is subtly beautiful and striking to carry the zing that satisfies its price tag.
From the inside, the new A4 seems to have inherited the luxuriousness from its elder siblings. As expected, the layout of the cabin reminds you of a typically Audi car where the central screen is made large along with handful of buttons on the centre console to make driving hassle-free. The much hyped virtual cockpit has finally managed to find its home in Audi A4 where a screen has replaced the traditional instrument cluster, which now can read out everything for you, right from vehicle information to music and navigation. Sunroof, dual-zone climate control and electrically adjustable seats are some of the other offerings from Audi in A4.
The luxurious sedan is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged TFSI petrol engine and with this Audi became the first brand to capitalize the opportunity of bringing the global trend of small turbo engines to the Indian shores with its entry-level offering – A4.
The oil burner has the capacity to churn out a maximum power of 148bhp along with a peak torque of 250Nm and is synced with a 7-speed S-tronic gearbox. As of now, Audi A4 is available with a front wheel drive option only. There are plans that the diesel trim of A4 will soon hit the Indian luxury car market but the timeline is still unclear.
In India, Audi A4 will compete against the likes of BMW 3 Series, Volvo S60, Mercedes-Benz C class and Jaguar XE. One thing to focus here is that all the above mentioned luxuries have more power than the 1.4-litre motor of Audi A4, though in terms of fuel economy, A4 steals the show with a mileage capacity of 17.84kmpl.
In future, Audi might come up with a 1.8-litre engine powered A4 along with Audi S4 that will draw energy from a twin-turbo V6 powermill.