An Audi-cious Move: The 2014 Audi A4 Review
Introducing: the 2014 Audi A4!
The Audi A4 has been one of the heavy hitters in the compact executive segment, but with its heavy redevelopment, what have we got to expect from the 2014 Audi A4?
With the relentless progression of the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class, Audi has had to redevelop and rejuvenate the appeal of the bestselling A4 in order to up its game in this ridiculously competitive segment.
To look at, the changes are quite understated. There have been a few minor aesthetic alterations to things such as the lights and bumpers, but the overall look remains much the same. Audi have never been ones for dramaticism in this respect. But don’t judge a book by its cover- though it might look relatively unchanged on the outside, the inside is a different story. Mostly in regards to the inner workings of the 2014 Audi A4, but we’ll come back to that later.
As with the Audi way, what really shines through is the cabin. You sit in it and just feel the elegance flowing through it. Everything is within easy reach and the available tech is impressive. The famous MMI infotainment system has been extensively reworked to make it much more streamlined and easier to use. You can now even enter full post codes into the navigation. A basic you thought would’ve been covered in the original, but still- very thoughtful of them. Those postcodes come in handy! The space you get in the car is generally good, but those sitting in the back middle seat may find it a bit of a squeeze with the hump on the floor to straddle. Unless that person happens to be a child. The boot space is also of note since it offers a little bit more space than its rivals at 490ltrs stretching to 962ltrs when the seats are folded down. Naturally it comes complete with all the Audi boot bits such as netting and compartments to hold ‘things’, ’stuff’ or even ‘bits’.
In a more general sense, Audi have improved the 2014 Audi A4 in absolutely every area possible; the quality, the economy, the tech, the performance… the Ingolstadt engineers have really gone to town on the little details, giving you that feeling that it’s a very considered and well thought out product. Just what we like to hear right? Once you find yourself behind the wheel, you notice the very Audi-specific feel- it’s a very clean cut and competent performer although it’s a subtler ride compared to others in its class. To have a pop at the title they needed to be more specific with their approach. What makes cars like the BMW 3 Series really enjoyable is the fact that they’re rear wheel drive. Rather than restructuring to a rear wheel set-up in order to contend with this (and therefore changing the whole dynamic of the 2014 Audi A4) they have pulled out all the stops to replicate that feeling with a front wheel drive format. In order to do this they’ve taken the engine from its normal position in front of the axle and placed it to the rear of the axle, thereby distributing the weight more evenly and improving handling and drive quality. It makes a good impact, but it’ll still be hard pressed to compete with that rear wheel drive feeling.
What slightly let the previous model down was the steering. Audi have attempted to combat this bugbear with the high tech electro-magnetic setup to improve driver feedback. It does improve it, but it still doesn’t quite match up to the standard of the 3 Series or the C-Class. However, it’s recommended that you get the Driver Select System which will, for a relatively small cost, make a big difference to the way the car feels and responds.
Beneath the bonnet, it’s worth mentioning that with the engine size and the 2014 Audi A4, less is more as the smaller engined vehicles feel a lot more agile on the road. You’ll do well to avoid the 120PS 1.8-litre as your entry level in favour of the 170PS 1.8 TFSI, which Audi have clearly spent the more time making improvements with. This engine can do 0-60 in 8.1 seconds with a healthy top speed of 145mph and just feels lighter and more efficient in general. Beyond this you’ve got a variety of Diesel and petrol models that perform well, but the most ideal setup is probably the 2.0ltr TFSI (0-60 in 6.9 seconds, topping 149mph) which presents the best balance between performance and economy. At the top of the range we have the 3.0ltr TDI Quattro S -Tronic model, which confidently boasts 0-60 in 6.1 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph! It’s fair to say this car is quick. Very quick.
Efficiency-wise, Audi have made some far reaching changes and alterations that make it more economically viable and much greener, with the 2014 Audi A4 producing 30g/km less than before, meaning that that rivals can’t touch it in this respect.
So what are the downsides to the new 2014 Audi A4? It might be a case where it pretends to be a big car while in fact there isn’t as much space going on in the back as it lets on. They could also have been a bit more adventurous when upgrading this model to make noticeable changes to the outer design.
That being said, what do we have here with the 2014 Audi A4? Based on the formula of its bestselling predecessor, the new A4 couldn’t go far wrong. Everything’s been tweaked and revised in fine detail to present a very thorough and well thought out product. It drives well and the cabin design is flawless, cultivating the luxurious Audi feel that people have come to expect from the brand. Its low running costs and emissions also make the 2014 Audi A4 a very strong contender within the junior executive market. All together this is a fantastic car which has been updated to prove it can still confidently square up to the likes of the 3 Series and the C-Class.
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