2017 Audi A4 Diesel Review
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2017 Audi A4 Diesel Review

Car Tested: 2017 Audi A4 35 TDI; Road Test No. 826

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 55.38 lakhs

The 2017 Audi A4 diesel offers a blend of performance, comfort & technology

We drove the new generation Audi A4 last year and came out mighty impressed with the way the car has been packaged. It comes packed with a lot of gadgetry, features and is a comfortable premium sedan. We sampled the petrol variant that comes with the 1.4-litre TFSI engine and this time, we’re driving the A4 with the popular 2.0-litre TDI oil-burner.

Motor Quest: Audi has very good snob value in India and the older A4 was one of their highest selling cars. The earlier A4 was also offered with a 3.0-litre diesel engine but since the higher capacity engine didn’t get much demand, the automaker now offers only 1.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines with the A4 for now.

The A4 looks stately and the minimalist design is a winner

Exteriors – The new generation A4 might not look very different compared to the older car, but make no mistake since Audi has made many significant changes to the sedan and it is a whole new product underneath. The exteriors of the A4 have clean lines and the usual Audi styling is apparent. The front features sharp headlamps with uniquely-styled DRLs along with the imposing Audi grille. The side profile is neat but I really wish the automaker provided better-looking alloy wheels. The rear again has a premium appeal to it but what catches the eye are the dynamic turn indicators which look simply beautiful. The diesel variant comes with a dual exhaust setup, unlike the petrol trims.

The insides of the new A4 are a huge leap forward

Interiors – The interiors of the A4 diesel are similar to the petrol model that we drove earlier. Our test car had an all-black theme with wood inserts and it looked sporty. The steering wheel gets an aluminum insert at the bottom while the centre console gets the familiar MMI system with the control knob and other buttons. The MMI is intuitive to use and has a lot of functions. Sound quality from the audio system is good but not as eargasmic as other high-end cars. The Virtual Cockpit is the best part about the A4 and the inbuilt navigation which shows detailed information is very good. The front seats are comfortable and have good adjustment options while at the rear, space is a bit restrained and kneeroom is tight while the seats continue to remain a good place to be in.