2020 Audi A4 revealed: price, specs and release date
Mid-life update for Audi A4 executive car brings refreshed looks, a more sophisticated infotainment system and new mild-hybrid engines...
On sale Autumn 2019 Priced from £30,000 (est)
The new Audi A4 isn’t a clean sheet of paper design, but it still brings some significant changes in an effort to keep the car competitive with the latest BMW 3 Series.
For starters, the three turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engines that will be offered when sales start this autumn (with outputs ranging from 148bhp to 241bhp) feature mild-hybrid technology to boost efficiency.
Then shortly after launch, these will be joined by two mild-hybrid 2.0-litre diesels producing 134bhp or 161bhp. And the S4 performance model ditches today’s turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 for a 342bhp mild-hybrid 3.0-litre diesel, which can still dispatch the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in 4.8sec.
Most models come with an automatic gearbox as standard, the exceptions being the entry-level 148bhp petrol (badged 35 TFSI) and the 187bhp diesel (40 TDI).
And buyers will be able to choose from four suspension options: Comfort and Sport, along with adaptive versions of each which can be adjusted by the driver.
Aside from the new engines, all A4s get a broader and flatter front grille that’s designed to make the car look wider. Plus, LED headlights now come as standard and extra creases have been added above the wheelarches to give a more muscular appearance.
In addition, sporty S line variants now feature more bespoke styling details, to make them easier to identify.
The interior is dominated by a 10.0in touchscreen infotainment system, which replaces the rotary dial-controlled 7.0in or 8.3in screens of the outgoing car. Unfortunately, our experience of this new system in other Audis suggests it’s actually a backwards step, because it’s rather fiddly and distracting to use on the move.
Still at least, the A4 retains conventional rotary air-con controls, instead of moving these functions onto a screen as well, in the way that bigger Audis have.
UK pricing is still to be confirmed, but expect a slight increase over the £29,260 entry point of the current A4.
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True MPG 44.8mpg
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True MPG 45.4mpg
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True MPG 45.7mpg
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