2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S tronic Review

Monday February 13th, 2017 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S tronic

By David Colman

Hypes: Crisp, Responsive Handling, Bullet Motor
Gripes: MMI Unintuitive, DAP Unloved

Let’s say you placed your coffee cup on your coffee table just so. You’d expect it to be where you left it the next time you reached for it, right? Of course you would. Such, however, is not the case with Audi’s redesigned A4 when it’s equipped with the $1,800 optional DAP, or “Driver Assistance package.” When you place your A4 just so on the road, the “Steering Correction” component of the DAP takes control of the steering wheel as it redirects your Audi to its preferred position, not yours. Only brute force on your part will override this pre-programmed behavior.

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S tronic

While such intervention would never be tolerated from children grabbing the steering wheel, the DAP-equipped A4 has been specifically designed to countermand your own driving inputs. While other manufacturers offering such haptic feedback allow you to delete the intrusion with a convenient touch of a knob, Audi makes no such provision in the A4. There is no simple delete knob for DAP. Rather, you need to search through endless menus and clicks of the overcomplicated MMI (Multi Media Interface) before you finally deduce that “Steering Correction” cannot be eliminated completely . The best you can do is chose “Early” or “Late” correction.

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S tronic

Of course, your best choice here is not to try and delete “Steering Correction” since you can’t, but to delete the DAP package altogether. Then you’d have a really terrific, newly revised, built-in Germany, sports sedan at a very reasonable $52,475 price. Although this latest 2017 A4 may deceive you into thinking it’s just a mild makeover of last year’s model, the subtle redesign boasts a more powerful, 252hp 4 cylinder turbo engine, a lighter and stronger chassis, a more fashionable interior, and better overall fuel economy (27MPG). Setting safety nannies aside, Audi still knows how to construct a four door sedan that will have you thinking you’re driving a two door, lightweight, high performance sports car like the company’s TT. Recent magazine tests have pegged the A4 quattro’s 0-60mph run at a scintillating 5.4 seconds, My own experience with this package proves beyond a doubt that you will never need more punch than this base model turbo 4 delivers – even though an optional 354hp twin turbo V6 is available. The reason the base motor is so successful is its lighter weight compared to the V6.

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S tronic

The nimbleness of this 4 cylinder quattro becomes apparent every time you enter a series of backroad curves. After you dial the appropriate gear choice into the 7-speed S tronic transmission, the sizeable Hankook Ventus S1 evo tires (245/40R18) take an immediate set as the A4 slithers through one directional change after another without lean, without squeal, without protest. Unlike its self-corrective behavior on the freeway, the A4 puts you and you alone in the driver’s seat when challenging twisty roads. Our test sedan included an expensive but desirable $8,600 “Prestige package” which among many virtues upgrades wheels and tires from standard issue 17 inch alloys to special “18 inch 5-spoke Dynamic design wheels with contrasting gray.” When shod with the Ventus tires, these striking alloy wheels transform both the looks and handling of the A4 into the upper reaches of sports sedan performance. The reason the Prestige package is so pricey is that it includes a bevy of other niceties: 3D Bang and Olufsen surround sound system, S line exterior trim, Head-up full color display, Audi MMI Navigation, and the all-new “Virtual Cockpit” which allows you to configure your instrument cluster to your liking.

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S tronic

Disconcertingly, our sample A4 did not include a printed Owner’s Manual. This proved to be a stumbling block despite the fact that Audi offers an abbreviated “Onboard Owner’s Manual” which is hard to locate on the MMI system, of limited usefulness, and unavailable when the car is in motion. With a machine this complicated, a printed guide book is essential to full enjoyment. But to Audi’s credit, once you do make your driving choices through MMI, your electives remain in force each time you restart the A4. For example, sporting owners like me will elect to operate the A4 in the “Dynamic” driving mode, rather than the available “Comfort, Automatic or Individual” settings. Thankfully, Dynamic mode remains in force every time you restart the A4. It may take you awhile to get there, but once you customize the A4 to your particular specification, you’ll be very satisfied with the way the end product drives.

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S tronic

  • Engine: 2.0 liter TFSI inline 4, turbocharged
  • Horsepower: 252hp
  • Torque: 273lb.-ft.
  • Fuel Consumption: 24MPG City/31 MPG Highway
  • Price as Tested: $54,275
  • Star Rating: 8 out of 10 Stars

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2012 Audi A4 2.0 Sedan Review

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: Understated Good Looks, Practicality, Road Burner
Against: Weenie-looking Brake Discs Revealed by 19” Rotor Wheels

For German manufacturers, the most important racing championship in the world is the DTM. In English, that acronym translates into “German Touring Car Championship,” and every win in this series bestows bragging rights on the company that finishes first. For years now, the winning company has been Audi, and the winning car has been the A4. After spending a week in a well optioned A4, it’s not hard to see why this model wins the DTM so often, over fierce competition from Mercedes, Opel, and now, BMW. A properly equipped A4 is one of the best sports sedans in the world, and also one of the most affordable.

Over the years, the A4 has grown marginally in size, to the point where it’s now nearly as large as its bigger brother, the A6, once was. With an overall length of 185” and a wheelbase of 110” the A4 serves well as a 5 passenger sedan, with enough trunk space and interior room to keep all occupants happy on long trips. Given its 16.9 gallon tank, and highway mileage of 31 MPG, the A4 is capable of traveling over 500 miles between refills. If your A4 is equipped like our test car, you will relish every one of those miles. Let’s start with the base price of just $33,300. That buy-in gets you the base powerplant, a 2.0 liter, turbocharged in-line 4 cylinder motor that produces enough horsepower (211hp) and more than enough torque (258 lb.-ft.) to cope with any driving need. The base package also includes an ultra slick-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox, with well-defined gates between gears, well-chosen gear ratios, and an easily modulated clutch that makes choosing a gear a joy rather than a chore.

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2011 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro Review – An intoxiating mix of performance, luxury and price

Friday February 25th, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: peter

2011 Audi A4

By Peter Newton

Driving Impressions: 2011 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro Tiptronic Sedan

Pros:

  • Swift and sure-footed
  • Powerful yet sophisticated driving- and design!
  • Above average technology integration

Cons:

  • Few and far between (and relatively minor)
  • Functional, but basic Navigation system
  • Narrow trunk limits what it can store

Competitors in the luxury sport car segment vie to provide what I consider the perfect car: a powerful and stylish coach loaded with creature comforts, yet compact and nimble to provide a thrilling ride. They are small enough to offer tight handling, yet roomy enough to fit four adults. The BMW 3-series has ruled this segment in the US market recently, fending off challenges from Lexus, Mercedes, Infinity, Cadillac, and Acura. Audi’s new A4 looks like a strong contender on paper, but can it deliver the goods?

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New Entry-Level Engines For Audi Q5 and A4 Allroad Quattro

Tuesday July 28th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2009 Audi A4 Allroad

More word from Europe on engines and models that car companies should be bringing to these shores. Audi, maker of all things all wheel drive and quick, has just announced some new engines for the euro market that would be really nice to see here in America (along with a model we should see too).

The most interesting of the new mills is an entry-level diesel that will be available for both the Audi Q5 SUV and the A4 Allroad Quattro crossover. It’s a 2.0-liter TDI with a nifty common rail high-pressure injection setup that cranks out 143 HP and a maximum of 236 lb-ft of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Pretty impressive grunt for such a small engine. There’s also a new base 2.0-liter gasoline fueled that puts out 180 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 3,900 rpm for the Q5 SUV. Both engines get a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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2009 Audi A4 Review – Nothing else like an Audi new car smell

Wednesday November 26th, 2008 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: twain

2009 Audi A4
By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • (Useful) bells and whistles
  • quattro® all-wheel drive
  • Handling and comfort
  • Beautiful interior
  • Cruise control that works going down hill
  • Good gas mileage; 22.6 mpg combined

Cons:

  • Disappointing styling
  • Rear seat room
  • No telescoping steering wheel!
  • Price

This is a review of the redesigned 2009 Audi A4 quattro with 265 hp 3.2 liter V6 engine. The base price is $40k but it came with $10k worth of options, including
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2009 Audi A4 3.2 FSI – First Impressions

Thursday October 23rd, 2008 at 6:1010 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Audi A4
By Derek Mau

Stylish. Comfortable. Lots of nifty features that are useful and improves safety. Plus an engine that sparks an enthusiasm for driving and a dynamic sport suspension that does it all. The all-new Audi A4 sedan runs that fine line between luxury and sportiness. After spending hours behind the wheel, both on the open road and on the track, I can testify that the new A4 is all that and a little more.

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The TDI Offensive from Audi in the USA

Saturday April 5th, 2008 at 9:44 AM
Posted by: Derek

All new 2009 Audi A4

Audi, the inventor of TDI, is preparing to launch a diesel offensive in the North American market. The brand with the four rings will introduce the world’s cleanest diesel to the U.S. market in early 2009, almost simultaneous with its introduction in Europe. The 3.0 TDI with its ultra low emission system, which fulfills the world’s most stringent emission standards, will first be offered in the Audi Q7 and then in the new Audi A4 at a later date.

The ultra low emission system ensures that the engine conforms with the limits included in the LEV II Bin 5 standards that apply in all 50 U.S. states. Engine features optimize the combustion process along with engine emissions, while a cleaning system reduces nitrogen oxide exhaust emissions by up to 90%.

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