2019 Audi A4 Saloon – Mini Facelift Modifications
The Audi A4 is one of the best-selling Audi's on the market in Europe, offering a class-leading interior build and finish along with high-quality technology. The current A4 came into production back in 2016 and was beginning to show its age. It looked a little dated compared to some of its rivals. Audi decided to give the A4 a slight upgrade with a mid-life facelift, tweaking the exterior and interior features as well as fitting the latest Audi software systems. Audi has given the A4 a new lease life. The facelift version looks stunning. It will undoubtedly be right up there fighting with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class, to be the compact executive saloon market leader.
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Interior Design and Technology
The Audi A4 has received a slight upgrade to its interior and equipment package, to keep it in front of the competition. It is arguably the best quality finish of all compact executive cars on sale, with the new BMW 3 Series coming in close. The design is minimalist and modern yet still feels up to date and advanced, featuring the latest Audi tech.
All of the new A4's come fitted with the latest Audi Virtual Cockpit system as standard; this was previously an optional extra. The Virtual Cockpit puts a clear, bright 12.3-inch digital display in place of the analogue instrument cluster, and allows you to configure to your choosing. As well as replacing the analogue instrument dials, the new virtual cockpit can also access the infotainment system and display the sat-nav, media and phone information onto its screen. The graphics are excellent and make it easy to use and set up to suit your requirements.
There is a head-up display (HUD) available as an option, which projects onto the windscreen things such as, your speed and sat-nav instructions. All this should reduce the amount of time spent taking your eyes off the road to look at one of the other screens.
Each A4 is fitted with Audi's slick and superb MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system as standard on a 10.1-inch touchscreen. The touchscreen sits on top of the centre console in perfect view and can be reached easily by the driver. The sat-nav system, which comes as standard, is impressive and responds quickly to commands as do any of the controls on the touchscreen, something which was lacking previously. Unlike in the previous model, where there was a rotary controller with fingertip touchpad to use the touchscreen, it is now touchscreen only.
Other standard features across the range include cruise control, three-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone connectivity using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 36-month subscription to Audi Connect.
Space and Practicality and Safety
The Audi A4 has a good amount of space, throughout with various storage solutions scattered within the cabin. In the front, space for the driver and passenger is above average with plenty of head, shoulder and legroom. The seats have a wide range of adjustments and also come with a four-way lumbar adjustable support. The steering wheel has a good range of adjustments as well, so finding that ideal driving position should be a breeze. Higher spec models get more support features, such as extendable seat cushions under your thighs.
In the rear, there is not quite so much room, but still enough for a couple of 6ft adults to be comfortable. A third person in the middle of the back row will notice minimal space, due to the large transmission tunnel running through the centre of the car, so will need to straddle their feet either side. Although rear head and legroom are acceptable, the A4 doesn't offer as much space as the Skoda Superb, VW Passat or it fierce rival the BMW 3 Series, but not a million miles away. There are not many storage solutions in the back unless you buy the optional 'Storage Pack' which, at the cost of £195, is reasonably priced.
The boot is quite impressive with a capacity of 480-litres, the same as the BMW 3 Series, but the Audi is better due to its flatter, square shape. With the seats folded down, capacity expands to 965-litres, so there should be no issues transporting large items. The seats come in a 40/20/40 layout, meaning there can be two passengers in the back, and the middle will fold down so large, long luggage can still be taken on journeys.
The Audi A4 achieved a top 5-star rating from the Euro NCAP safety tests, performing well in all categories. Audi offers a wide variety of safety assist features, some as standard others as optional extras. Some of the standard features include Hill Hold Assist, Audi Parking System Plus, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Pre Sense City and a rear-view camera. If you opt for the Driving Assistance Pack, you get features such as Lane Keep Assist and traffic sign recognition. All models all come with parking sensors front and rear, along with LED headlights, which can be upgraded to the Audi Matrix LED Headlights.
Engines, Power and Performance
The Audi A4 is available with a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines. With either a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed S-Tronic auto transmission. Both petrol and diesel engines are 2-litre turbos, with varying power outputs. The range of petrol engines are 35TFSI, 40TFSI and 45TFSI which develop 148hp, 187hp and 242hp respectively. The 35TSFI is the only engine (petrol or diesel) available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. All other engine variations come mated to the seven-speed S Tronic automatic gearbox.
The diesel range starts with the 30TDI, then moves to the 35TDI and finishes with the 40TDI developing 134hp, 161hp and 187hp respectively. Of the diesel engines, the mid-range 35TDI would provide the best all-round performance for town drivers, with adequate power and performance with its 380Nm torque making overtaking easy. For those who travel on the motorway a lot, then the more powerful 40TDI is a great choice, as it still offers good economy figures, along with that extra kick when needed.
The higher-powered petrol and diesel engines are also available in Audi's Quattro drive (AWD), providing greater grip and handling, perfect if you opt for one of the powerful petrol engines. The selection of engines Audi have for the A4 is impressive and provide a choice to suit everyone.
The Audi A4 is a great car, and the new facelift features have made it even better. In such a strong car class, the A4 is certainly up there as one of the best compact executive saloons money can buy. Mixing a superior quality interior build quality, with top-end technology.