Sabtu, 12 November 2016

2017 Audi A4 Test Drive

2017 Audi A4 Fully redesigned this year, it's bigger (and roomier) yet lighter than last year's model. A multitude of engineering and technological improvements also result in a luxury sedan that is more enjoyable to drive, more comfortable to spend time in and more capable of keeping up with today's ever-advancing automotive world. What may be a little surprising, though, is that you may not be able to notice any of this just by looking at it.

A quick side-by-side view of A4s old and new may reveal the new, more trapezoidal grille and the generally straighter and more angular lines that replace the previously curved ones. But still, the resemblance to its predecessor and other Audi models is unmistakable. Instead, the biggest aesthetic changes can be found inside, where an all-new design maintains Audi's reputation for creating innovative cabins of impeccable quality. The revised MMI infotainment system, with its updated controller, new dash-top screen and available Virtual Cockpit gauges represent a step forward both aesthetically and functionally.

Under the A4's hood, a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine brings 32 more horses to the show. With 258 hp sent to either the front or all four wheels (Quattro) through a newly standard seven-speed automated manual transmission, the A4 is a full second quicker from zero to 60 mph than before, matching the current segment track star, the BMW 328i.

The 2017 Audi A4 is a small luxury sedan available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.

The A4 Premium comes standard with 17-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, a frontal collision mitigation system with automatic braking, adjustable drive settings (Audi's Drive Select), automatic wipers, a sunroof, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED interior ambient lighting, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats (with four-way driver power lumbar), tri-zone climate control and 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks.

Standard technology features include a rearview camera, Audi's MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch central display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, two USB ports and two SD-card slots.

The 2017 Audi A4 is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 252 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive (Quattro) optional. The transmission is a seven-speed automated manual that essentially works like a regular automatic.

Every 2017 Audi A4 features antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Rear side airbags are optional. Also standard is a frontal collision mitigation system with automatic braking, while rear collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring are included in the Technology package (standard on Prestige, optional on Premium Plus). Lane departure warning and intervention is available only on the Prestige via the optional Driver Assistance package.

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