Expert Review of Audi A4
Audi A4 1.8 TFSI is the best-selling model in the executive class and is Audi's best-selling model ever. With its new, refreshed looks, the A4 certainly looks more stunningly contemporary and stylishly smarter than the previous outgoing model. The new chiseled look adds aggression to its overall demeanour.
Audi doesn’t call its updated models with the facelift moniker. It actually prefers to refer to them as Product Improvement models. With changes to the exterior, better performance engine, improved steering and suspension, better fuel efficiency as well as new updates to the infotainment system, the new A4 1.8 TFSI is certainly more than just a simple make-over of the previous versions.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The 1.8 TFSI not only offers more performance but also gives better fuel efficiency as against the other competitors of the class. The impressive new features like the start/stop system (a standard feature across the range) have improved the 1.8-litre unit’s fuel consumption figures by as much as 18 percent, quite possibly making the A4 1.8 TFSI one of the most fuel economical cars in the category. Its 1.8 TFSI engine offers 15.64 km per litre. making the Audi A4 best in class as far as fuel efficiency is concerned. The turbo that uses a boost pressure of up to 1.3 bars, is made up of the new alloy that can withstand higher temperatures. An oxygen sensor, a compressor wheel, and an electric waste-gate actuator together help to make the turbo more efficient by allowing the system to adjust boost pressure quickly as also maintaining power while optimizing fuel consumption.
The new Audi A4 1.8 TFSI with its progressive and powerfully dynamic design, efficient driving dynamics, outstanding handling characteristics and class defining interiors will take the driving experience to a new paradigm for all Audi customers. Available in Ibis white, brilliant red, ice-silver metallic, moonlight-blue metallic, teak-brown metallic and phantom black with pearl effect, the new A4 1.8 TFSI exudes the stylish aura that Audi commands.
Acceleration and Pick up
The German luxury car, the new Audi A4 1.8 TFSI reaches out to the younger and much wider customer base. The young and sleek looks appeal to the younger generation as also the stunning acceleration of 0-100 kmph in an astonishing 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 225 kmph thereby affirming their status and position among peers.
The launch of the new Audi A4 1.8 TFSI will strengthen Audi's range of limousines and will further consolidate Audi's leadership position in the segment. The sedan, with its elegance, sportiness and emotional appeal, forms the core of the Audi brand. The new look accentuates the horizontal lines at the front end. The engine hood is more arched, the upper corners of the single frame grille are tapered, the new headlamps have a distinctive wave pattern for its LED daytime running lights and the Audi rings are highlighted three-dimensionally. Other features include electrically foldable exterior mirrors, cross ribs, finely tuned dampers, rear suspension bushings, deeper air intakes on the front bumper and the LED tail lamps. The redesigned bumpers are striking with their angular air inlets, revised grilles and the flat front fog lights. The new electromechanical steering system, feels far more accurate and precise on twisty roads. In addition to the steering, Audi has optimized the chassis and suspension for better ride and handling.
It is not for nothing that the Audi is said to be at the pinnacle of interior design. There's a timeless appeal to the A4's cabin with minor changes in steering wheel, column stalks and ergonomics for the MMI Plus infotainment system. The chrome-trimmed switches give it a classy look. In addition, Audi has introduced new driver assistance systems with optional kits like the Adaptive Cruise Control with full auto brake, Audi active lane assist as well as Driver Information System with Brake Recommendation.
Sporty dynamism and superb comfort define the Audi A4 1.8 TFSI. Loaded with high-end comfort features like radio symphony with 6-disc CD changer (MP3 capable), driver information system, alloy wheels in 5-spoke-design, 16 inch spare wheel and comfort rough-road suspension, the Audi A4 1.8 TFSI becomes more than a package in high-gloss finish.
The A4 1.8 TFSI displays a surprisingly strong performance. With an overall length of 4703 mm, width of 1772 mm and a height of 1472 mm, it has a wheel base of 2808 mm and a ground clearance of 128 mm.
Through lots of technology, the Audi A4 1.8 TFSI is an inline 4-cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection and exhaust gas turbocharger belting out 170 hp at 3800-6200 rpm along with an impressive torque output of 320 Nm at 1400-3700 rpm. The engine consists of four cylinders arranged in line with Audi’s valve lift system and intake and exhaust camshaft adjustment with roller cam followers. The efficient engine with spark ignition and exhaust turbocharger, completely electronic coolant regulation system, intercooler and DOHC delivers a sharper performance. It also has an inline 4-cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection and exhaust gas turbocharger.
Audi A4 1.8 TFSI runs on five spoke, 16 inch light-weight, and cast aluminium alloy wheels. It is a front wheel drive variant with electronic stabilization program ESP. The standard tyre size is 225/55 R 16 which gives it a sleek unique look with bold and large alloys.
The suspension system of the Audi A4 1.8 TFSI is superbly impressive with a five-link front suspension with upper and lower wishbones and tubular anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is an independent-wheel, trapezoidal-link which is resiliently mounted.
Handling and Control
Handling the Audi A4 1.8 TFSI is convenient due to dual-circuit brake system with diagonal split, ABS/EBD and ESP with brake assist and tandem brake booster. It provides an enhanced controlling and lots of grip with ventilated disk brakes in the front and disks in the rear. The A4 has been awarded the maximum five-star rating for adult occupant crash protection by Euro NCAP, as well as two out of four stars for pedestrian protection. The standard safety equipment includes eight airbags, traction and stability control.
More power and torque, improved steering and ride, sporty handsome proportions.
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