Audi A4 Facelift now available in SA
2019 was the year of car launches from the top 3 German brands, Mercedes-Benz, BMW & AUDI. Perhaps the most important launches were in the compact executive sedan segment – The C Class, Audi A4 and 3 Series segment. Mercedes launched the facelifted C Class, BMW launched a whole new 3 Series, Audi revealed facelift of their A4. It has finally landed on our shores. It is aimed at giving Merc and BMW a run for their money!
The exterior of the car receives major changes, with only the bonnet and boot being shared with the pre-facelift. The front of the car receives Audi’s new “family face” that can be found on the bigger sedans such as the A6, A7 and the A8 – with a wider grille featuring a design element aimed at mimicking an air vent just above it. You also get standard LED headlights that could optionally be changed for the Audi Matrix LED that features the dynamic lighting when you lock and unlock the car. The side of the car has not changed much, you do however you get a new design for rims, up to 19’ in size. The rear receives new taillights, and a new look for the bumper with bigger exhaust surrounds to give the car a sportier look. Those lights also feature the same dynamic light technology as the headlights. It looks very good, although I think you are going to have a hard time distinguishing it from its bigger brother, the A6. Which would I go for in this segment, based on the looks? The BMW 3 series.
The interior of the car has received a few changes as well, the biggest of them being on the Audi MMI system. The one upgrade/downgrade (depends on what you like) is the loss of the control knob for the MMI, this means you can control it through touch or using voice input. It is very cool when the car is stationary but it could be a pain when you try to change settings while driving. You get a bigger control screen, 10 inches and this comes equipped with the latest Audi MMI operating system. The system is very intuitive and easy to learn.
At launch, the Audi A4 will be offered with three 2.0-litre four-cylinder derivatives, two turbopetrol and one turbodiesel with power ranging from 110kW (found in the Audi A4 35 TFSI) all the way up to 260kW (in the Audi S4). There will also be engines that are coupled to the Audi Mild Hybrid technology which uses either a 12 Volt battery in the normal A4s or a 48 Volt system in the Audi S4. This not only allows the cars to be fuel efficient but also helps with performance as it eliminates turbo lag. All of this is managed by an air-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be found under the luggage compartment. On the S-Line models, you get (as part of the package), a different styling for both front and rear bumpers, different rims and a ride lowered by about 10mm – this is sure to aid the car’s handling but according to Audi, it should not compromise the comfort side of things. We shall wait and see.
The compact executive sedan market is very competitive, and with competitors such as the BMW 3 Series, which has always been seen as the benchmark in the segment, Audi needed the facelift in order to keep up. The 3 Series is a brilliant car, make no mistake, and it will be a very interesting to drive both cars and see which one of them will come out victorious. Stay tuned!
The all-new Audi A4 is priced as follows :
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