The all new 2017 Audi A4 is amazing in its simplicity. A sum of great exterior, blasting engine power and flashy technology adds up to a luxurious ambiance that Audi can be proud of to deliver. Not evolutionary in its being, but a steady follow-up sedan that fits perfectly in line of quality automobiles Audi manufactures. The most amazing part of the car truly is the inside, the software. The A4 is touched up with almost every available piece of technology for driver comfort and traffic safety. As a result, it’s very close to being a self-driven car. Read on to find out all the details!
The Audi A4 looks almost exactly the same as the last of the Audi models. Sharp LED or bi-xenon headlights replace the previously used larger incandescent headlights and it looks much better. A medium-sized grille embellishes the centre of the car’s face with four rings of Audi right above the nameplate space.
Moving on to the side, there are the familiar long wheelbases, responsible for the spacious feel in the car. Side windows and doors are long and sleek, perfectly elegant and aerodynamic. Even more familiar is the Audi A4’s rear. Two exhaust pipes on the left side of the car that are all chromed up and shiny.
Inside the A4 there’s a neatly polished design that works just as well as it looks. The A4 rocks a virtual cockpit with a 1440 x 540 pixels LCD screen. The graphics are so sharp that the first impression doesn’t seem like an electronic display at all. The driver can easily customize the display to show exactly which details the driver wants to see and where.
Driver comfort is an important feature for Audi. They are of the opinion that luxury should not only be visible, but should also be feelable. So, there are adjustable front seats and a spacious back seat with enough room for two adults or three children. Of course, the third seat belt is present in the interior. The steering wheel is dashing, sporty and has good grip and sturdiness. It sits on a magnesium frame which is an exceptionally tough material.
Finally, Audi designed a terrific ambiance lighting system, with thirty different light settings to choose from. You can turn your car into a sparkling nightclub or create a comfortable homely atmosphere! All in all, the interior of the A4 is more than decent, although it’s no match for the upscale interior of the similarly priced 2017 Volvo S90 luxury sedan.
The standard 2017 Audi A4 will be on offer with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It makes 252 horsepower and uses front wheel drive. All-wheel drive is also available with the same engine. This drivetrain can make 60 mph (100 kph) in just 5.6 seconds! Later on in the year, Audi releases a lower entry-level 2.0 liter engine and also a 2.0 liter diesel engine. Transmission will be a 7-speed dual-clutch.
The real bonus of the Audi A4 2017 is in its technology, starting with the driver assistance details.
First of all, the standard Audi A4 2017 will feature a camera in the windshield. This camera recognizes an imminent collision with a car, pedestrian or objects in front. The car then warns the driver until the danger subsides, or brakes automatically when the driver doesn’t respond.
Also, there’s infotainment system in the 2017 Audi A4. There are three TFT displays that feature sharper images and larger icons than before. Navigation is an option on the amazing virtual cockpit, so the driver only needs to glance down to see where he’s driving on the map, and where he needs to go. The car’s software is operable via voice-control and can even understand people who are vocally challenged. The car comes with an Audi Connect Services subscription for three years and a DVD drive.
2017 Audi A4 safety features
Turn Assist recognizes oncoming traffic when the driver turns into a lane, and stops the car automatically to dodge the oncoming danger. Same goes for Exit Assist, which warns the driver before opening the door when a car or cyclist is coming from front or behind. The A4 has the ability to park itself via the Park Assist option.
Audi Connect is available as an option for the 2017 Audi A4. This includes emergency services and a smartphone app that shows vehicle health reports, can remotely lock and unlock and offers parking spot locator among other features.
The best part for commuters is probably the following features. However, these are unlikely to be included in the standard Audi A4 2017, since some of the options are only compatible with automatic transmission. Active Lane Assist keeps the car in between the lane markings. Stop & Go Active Cruise Control automatically drives the car, and the driver only needs to steer the car to the chosen place. Even better does it get when the driver combines these two driver assistance options, for the car then brakes, accelerates and steers all by itself! Ideal for driving in heavy traffic, when stopping and going repetitively takes up a lot of energy and focus.
Road markings, street signs and the traffic ahead are the things that the 2017 Audi A4 looks at when driving in these modes. It uses signals from two radar sensors, ultrasound sensors and a front camera. This mode terminates when the car reaches 40.4 mph (65 kmh), when there’s no more heavy traffic or when a sharp curve is ahead. The driver then needs to take over the steering wheel. However, the Active Cruise Control continues working, and maintains speed and interval until the A4 reaches its top speed of 155.3 mph (250 kmh).
This pack of features are one of the best out there. The tech department of the similarly priced 2017 5 series sedan by luxury German car manufacturer BMW offers only a fraction of the features that come standard on the A4.
UPDATED September 20, 2016
Price and sale date
The Audi A4 2017 is available as a Limousine, Avant and the Audi’s best 2017 A4 All-Road Quattro estate wagon with standard AWD edition. The Limousine has a starting price of €31,100, the Avant starts at €32,950 and the Allroad Quattro starts at €44,750 (Germany). It’s on sale all across Europe.
In the US this car is also on sale. The trim levels are called Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Premium trim starts at $37,300, Premium Plus starts at $41,100 and Prestige starts at $45,900.