Audi’s second most compact sedan A4 just celebrated 20 years of production. 2016 Audi A4 continues unchanged for one last time in this, fourth generation. German manufacturer just can’t afford to work on it any more as next-gen models are already taking most of their resources, time-wise.
2016 Audi A4 Engine
Sedans still ride on old platform and thanks to same old 4-cylinder companion under their hoods. 2.0L turbocharged TFSI engine produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. Furthermore, front-wheel drive options manage on with the same CVT transmission, while Quattro all-wheel drive models get the choice between 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic gearbox. Apart from performance-oriented S4 models, compact car also offers Allroad A4 wagon.
This goes for states as well, while in Europe, it doesn’t even have to be questioned. Needless to say, wagon rides thanks to the same turbo four unit that did splendid job in moving A4 sedan all these years.
Redesign – Inside and Outside look
Before Audi accepts new MLB platform and modern design for their compact car, 2016 Audi A4 will once again feature the same design that still looks fresh even though it has been around for a few years now. Large trapezoidal grille and sharp, thin headlamps are having a fine contrasting foglight inserts. Sleek and elegant would be A4 midsection’s description, while rear end doesn’t fall behind either. It gets nicely shaped overhang and some contemporary tail-lights which only executive cars have.
All in all, 2016 Audi A4 still shines bright and will surely head out with its head held high; at least when it comes to exterior design.
Interior looks fine, but isn’t as sophisticated as A4’s larger cousins’ interior can be. Dashboard features some contemporary lines and offers gauge and control panel cluster as a single unit. Instrument panel itself is slightly tilted towards the driver and can be busy at times thanks to abundance of available controls. Touch screen display is still positioned inside the dash housing, but doesn’t offer too many features in entry-level models. You have to upgrade to Premium Plus package in order to get the chance to order optional navigation and a rearview camera.
These, however are standard with Prestige package. Apart from this, 2016 Audi A4 in its top grade offers standard heated front seats and Bang & Olufsen audio system with 14 speakers and 505 watts of power.
2016 Audi A4 Price and MPG
Even though turbo four yields some premium performance figures, it still manages to stay within respectable bounds when it comes to fuel economy. CVT transmission might not be most fun, but at least wins in efficiency category with 24/32 mpg. Quattro models are rated at 22/32 mpg with manual and at 22/31 mpg with 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Base models still start from $35,500, while manual and Tiptronic transmissions take $900 or $2,100 respectively. Most expensive sedan is Prestige model with Tiptronic 8-speed transmission and a price tag of $45,000. Allroad wagons, on the other hand, range from $42,200 to $49,800.
2016 Audi A4 is still a great option if you require compact executive sedan or wagon alike. However, it’s maybe better to wait additional year before new models arrive, but be prepared to pay more for them as well.