Audi A4 revitalised with mild hybrid technology

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Words: NZ Autocar
14 Aug 2020

Audi’s 3 Series and C-Class competitor, the A4, has a new look and updated fuel-saving technology for 2020. There are two body shapes, sedan and Avant (wagon), and two engine options, both 2.0-litre turbopetrols featuring mild hybrid technology.

A bigger single-frame grille and enlarged air vents reflect the new Audi family look, while at the rear are a diffuser, trapezoidal tailpipes and a chrome strip connecting the LED taillights.

All variants come with the S Line exterior cosmetic package as standard, which includes a sports suspension set-up. Another new feature is the progressive lighting design. The standard headlights use LED technology and the rear LED units incorporate dynamic turn signals.

Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals are a cost option. These run permanently on high beam but automatically shield oncoming vehicles while leaving other areas of the road lit up.

The interior features a new MMI system operated by touch or voice control and links to Audi connect functions. A 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit is standard fit, featuring full HD resolution.

The A4 40 TFSI S Line offers output of 140kW and 320Nm of torque, while the A4 45 TFSI quattro S Line, available only as an Avant, generates 180kW and 370Nm. Both engines offer improved performance (0-100 in 6.0-7.5sec) with reduced consumption (combined 6.0-6.9L/100km) thanks to the mild hybrid system (said to shave fuel use by 0.3L/100km).

Additionally, the A4 45 TFSI model has sports suspension with adaptive damping as standard. The top Avant rides 22mm lower and offers more dynamic progress without upsetting ride quality.

The Audi A4 40 TFSI S Line sedan is priced from $75,900 while the Avant adds $3500. The Audi A4 45 TFSI quattro S Line Avant is priced at $94,900.

Some of the new Avant models are available from Audi dealerships now.

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