By Shereen Shabnam
One of my favourite road trips this year has been between Dubai and Khor Fakkan in the new Scuba Blue Audi A4 sedan that is now even tauter and sportier with a new design language and an enhanced interior look and feel. With multiple stops in between the two Emirates, the comfort and convenience inside the cabin made the journey memorable.
The newAudi A4 embraces prestige with a new design language that gives it a sportier look. Having alarge MMI touch display with an operating experience similar to the smartphone helped with the long journey, especially when using the navigation. We did a few photoshoots along the way and having a vibrant blue A4 against the natural backdrops resulted in some stunning imagery.
The sporty look of the A4 certainly turned heads in the smaller towns we came across during the journey as the new model looks even more dynamic and sophisticated, thanks to the new design highlights. The Single-frame grille is now broader and flatter; horizontal lines emphasize the width at the front and rear. The side view is defined by the distinctive muscles above the fenders and the lower set shoulder line in between. They form strong contours above the wheels and make the quattro genes outwardly visible.
Interior look and feel
The center of the instrument panel is slightly tilted towards the driver for convenience. The large MMI touch display is the control center for the new operating system. The driver can operate the 12.3-inch display with full HD resolution using the multifunction steering wheel with a choice of three views.
With its new MMI system, user experience similar to a contemporary smartphone. Its graphics are deliberately clean and cut-down; the menu structure with its tight hierarchies is tailored to user expectations and facilitates ease of use. The navigation in the Audi A4 is now even more versatile and more user-friendly. The ambient lighting package adds highlights to the interior in the dark.
Engine & Capability
Audi offers the A4 model line with four turbocharged engines in the Middle East. Their power outputs range from 110 kW (150 hp) to 260 kW (354 hp). The Audi S4 comes with the 3.0 TFSI engine; the turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine has an output of 260 kW (354 hp) and produces a hefty torque of 500 Nm from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. The V6 accelerates the S4 TFSI Sedan from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. The sporty version is the Audi S4 with an eight-speed tiptronic and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
There is a limited Audi A4 quattro edition with 100 units available in the GCC region offering a lot of additional features and equipment for customers such as 19” Audi Sport wheels, Full LED headlights, S line exterior and interior. The special edition is equipped with S Sport Seats in Alcantara and can be upgraded to the optional Fine Nappa Leather seats with red contrast stitching. It features the 45 TFSI quattro S tronic engine (245hp) and also has the additional sports suspension on board. The special edition is equipped with a lot of extra assistance systems.
The A4 was certainly pleasant to drive out of Dubai and in the small mountains in the East Coast with the enhanced Drive Assist features. It was comfortable in the spacious cabin for four passengers and we had enough boot space to accommodate our dive equipment and luggage for a short trip. The A4 Sport 4S TFSI Quattro S Tronic model with extra options that I drove is retailing at AED 257,600/-.
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