The 2020 Audi A4 is getting close, very close. Although not yet available in Canada, journalists got their hands for the first time on the upcoming Audi compact luxury sedan this month in Italy.
The A4 has quite a few changes coming its way including a more modern interior now dominated by a larger, more connected touchscreen. Exterior design cues give the car a more distinctive look and a sportier one as well, but it doesn’t compromise the vehicle’s refinement or luxurious standing. Let’s take a look at what journalist who had the opportunity to drive the new 2020 Audi A4 are saying.
The roads are tight as they rise up into the Dolomites, the engine and transmission had no problem handling the steep inclines as we meandered our way up the mountainside.
Steering was precise and felt tight especially when hitting some of the switchbacks it certainly brought piece of mind especially when there were several thousands feet between the road and the valley floor below. Braking was crisp and brought the car down from speed without any fuss. I did get a bit brave on the drive and was throwing it around on the twists and turns and it handled really well, there was very little body roll going into the corners with sharp acceleration exiting the corner even when the incline was far steeper than I am used to in southern Ontario. The roads were busy with tourist traffic as well as more than enough tourist buses that seemed to use up every inch of road available, this made the handling of the A4 even more important when emergency maneuvers had to be made when coming up against one of the busses on a blind bend. Over all I was more than impressed with the handling of the A4, the new subtle design changes do add to the looks of the car without distracting you from how good of a car the A4 is – Wheels
Driving gasoline-powered models similar to what will be shipped to Canada, both the A4 sedan and Allroad distinguished themselves with a fine balance between comfort and performance. Starting off on the valley floor where Bolzano is situated, my driving partner and I spent the first half hour on the autostrada, passing long caravans of transport trucks and zipping through tunnels carved through the mountains. We then got onto the secondary roads, meandering up the sides of the valley in a long series of S-bends, the mostly smooth tarmac showing up on the navigation screen as compressed squiggles.
Throughout it all, the Allroad, and later the A4, impressed us with an eerie calm, as close to silent running as can be achieved with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Nor was there any noticeable lag in forward momentum negotiating the S-bends, the transmission easing smoothly between the gears and the turbo quickly regaining the desired pace on the upward climb – Driving
hen the road gets twisty, the 2020 Audi A4 drives like a charm thanks to a sharp, lively steering that provides plenty of feedback from the front wheels. Dynamic mode firms up the dampers for a bit more excitement in corners.
The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine produces 241 horsepower from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm, while the 273 pound-feet of max torque are delivered from 1,600 to 4,300 rpm, allowing 0-100 km/h accelerations in 5.8 seconds. At the end of the day, we recorded an average fuel consumption slightly above 9 L/100 km, including just under 8 L/100 km on the highway.
The new Audi A4 has found the perfect compromise between sporty handling and a comfortable ride thanks to its adaptive suspension. The engine beautifully matches the character of this car and the new look gives it a bit more edge – Car Guide
It also feels more mature than the BMW. The A4’s main selling point has always been its ability to balance performance with refinement and the 2020 edition is no different. It feels so solid and planted. Getting to 100 km/h takes 5.8 seconds and fuel economy is impressive (we averaged 9.1 litres per 100 kilometres on our first drive). Although it’s true the engine is roughly the same, Audi did add a mild hybrid system which calls upon a 12-volt battery to lower the load on the engine. Part of the A4’s impressive fuel efficiency is explained by the new setup – MotorIllustrated.com