After years of waiting, Audi finally has a new competitor in the field of middle class sedans thanks to its 2016 Audi A4.
For quite some time, it was the BMW 3 series that dominated the market, but with the new A4, things are looking different. Audi will debut its middle class sedan during the Frankfurt Motor Show, but we already know most of the specs and the pricing.
Despite its appearance, the 2016 Audi A4 is a completely new model of the fifth generation middle class sedan. The company has made changes in the interior, technology, performances, and efficiency; all the while, keeping the price lower than the outgoing model.
The 2016 Audi A4 will be available in three different trims, the basic SE model, the Sport and the S-line trimming.
First and foremost, the prospective buyers will notice the completely new design and body of the A4. The goal for Audi was to make the fifth generation of the A4 more masculine, sharp and aggressive. The first thing fans notice is the new, wider and more aggressive grille on the front.
Inside, there is much more space thanks to the new platform, which has helped the sedan shed 120kg, but also add more length and interior space. The result is more head and knee room for both the driver and the passengers in the rear seats.
For the driver, Audi has installed the new 12.3 inch virtual cockpit in the 2016 A4 that we first saw in the new TT as an optional package. Everything inside looks different, starting from the seats and the steering wheel, all down to the tablet style display. Audi also offers the design selection optional package that brings new interior colors and details for the 2016 A4.
Under the hood, the 2016 Audi A4 is a completely new monster. Audi offers seven different engine options for the fifth generation of the A4, three of which are petrol engines and four are turbocharged diesel engines. The power ranges from 148 ponies up to 272 ponies under the hood. The standard and best-selling option might end up being the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which has the best fuel efficiency and lowest pollution in the range.
Last, but not least, Audi has tried to make the A4 feel like an autonomous vehicle. The company has added assist system for traffic-jam, which allows for hands-free driving at speeds of up to 8mph. Adaptive cruise control also makes an entry, with the improved navigation speed that can decrease or increase the speed of the car depending on the road conditions. The system maximizes fuel efficiency, and according to Audi, that will result with the 2016 A4 being 10% more fuel efficient.
The entry model of the 2016 Audi A4 will be priced at $39,829.