One of Audi’s best-sellers now embraces the prestige of the full-size class with the new Audi design language. Now fully connected with Audi Connect tech and a new MMI touch display. Mild hybrid technology enhances comfort and drive efficiency.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Audi says its A4 range is the core of the Audi brand so is confident, after four years in the making, that the mid-size sedan is now tauter, sportier and more intelligent than before.
The shell follows Audi’s current (2020) design language and includes a large multimedia touch display similar to that of a smartphone and is the brand’s first to have fully integrated connectivity through Audi Connect: security, convenience, and real-time infotainment.
Engines now include a mild-hybrid system; there’s also new technology for an efficient and connected driving experience.
Up front, Audi say, the cars ”looks even more dynamic and sophisticated” with a redesigned headlights layout and the ‘Singleframe’ grille has been flattened ”to emphasize width front and rear.
They form strong contours above the wheels and make the quattro genes outwardly visible. Diode headlights are standard across the range though with varying abilities: the 35 TFSI has low beam, high beam, and daytime running lights, the 40 TFSI and S4 add different running lights. Optional are top-of-the-line Matrix LED headlights with automatic high beam.
CHOICE OF WHEEL RIMS
The equipment line has matured: Advanced and S line are now available for the exterior and the S comes with a high-gloss styling package offering 12 paint finishes.
Wheels rims vary from 17” through 18” or 19” for a further sportier look; they’re standard on the S4. The Audi S4 does, however, offer 19” inb three designs.
Cabins are described as ”calming”; the centre of the instrument panel has the new MMI touch display and nterior customisation to standard seating is available in a variety of leather/faux leather colour combinations.
SMART PHONE ON YOUR FASCIA
S line cabins can be combined freely: exterior lines and S-embossed Nappa leather. LED interior lighting is standard and, Audi says, ”adds highlights to the cabin after dark for a very premium finish and is included as part of the technology package”.
The new MMI system has controls similar to those of a modern smartphone, its touch display with acoustic feedback replaces the functions of the previous rotary/push-button controls on the tunnel console.
The high-resolution 25cm TFT displays graphics deliberately clean and cut-down; the menu structure is tailored to be easy to use and the MMI search has free text input and, Aud says, ”returns hits rapidly”. Voice control understands many phrases used in everyday speech.
The smartphone interface (using Apple CarPlay / Android Auto) is also standard on all cars in the range. The A4’s satnav system is said to be even more versatile and user-friendly with the (optional) technology package.
The Audi Connect portfolio has online services which offer advanced infotainment, satnav, and Car-to-X services which take advantage of the swarm intelligence to service, safety and convenience built into the connected A4.
”Audi Connect,” the automaker says, ”takes the comfort, enjoyment and safety of driving to a whole new level.”
An Audi app, the Corner was told, is the ”central nervous system” for Audi Connect and allows digital access to the vehicle – ”anywhere and at any time”. The driver can access vital vehicle information, manage data, and configure and set-up certain services.
The cars can report fuel level, range, service appointments and warning messages. Car2X services – licensed for a decade – will give support to the driver through damage, breakdown, or minor accidents: emergency calls or roadside assistance will go directly from the vehicle to access towing, ambulance, police, or fire services.
The myAudi app can handle and supervise locking/opening, speed, theft attack, oil/fuel levels, and service dates while Google Earth satnav and traffic data will modify any proposed route as well as points-of-interest, parking availability, and weather warnings.
The service will last for three years through an embedded SIM.
A third-generation modular infotainment platform MIB3 delivers ”phenomenal” computing through an equally new communication box that bundles all connectivity tasks (such as telephony or the Audi Connect services) and incorporates a wi-fi hotspot.
Hardware modules options include the Audi phone box and a Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system. Two instrument cluster variants are available: standard is the analog driver information system with colour display, optional is an all-digital Audi virtual cockpit.
Audi SA will import cars with a choice of three turbo’d engines for the 2020 A4 family. Their outputs, the automaker says, ”range from 110 to 260kW and include a mild hybrid to save on fuel.
”Broad-based electrification,” Audi says, ”makes an important contribution to achieving positive fuel consumption. In everyday use the MHEV system will cut fuel consumption by up to a third of a litre/100km.”
A manual gearbox will not be available.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Audi A4 35 TFSI S tronic – R644 000
Audi A4 35 TFSI Advanced S tronic – R663 000
Audi A4 40 TFSI S tronic – R681 500
Audi A4 40 TFSI Advanced S tronic – R700 500
Audi A4 40 TFSI S line S tronic – R726 500
Audi S4 TFSI 260kW quattro tiptronic – R944 500