The essence of the brand is embodied in the 2020 Audi A4, a product of four years of meticulous development by Audi. This latest iteration takes the already successful midsize model and elevates it to new levels of tautness and sportiness. The exterior seamlessly adopts the brand’s fresh design language, while the expansive MMI touch display introduces an intuitive operating experience reminiscent of using a smartphone, providing customers with familiarity and ease of use. The Audi A4 is one of the best compact luxury sedans in Kenya, and this new redesign further cements its place in the who-is-who list of the category.

Sporty look: the exterior design
The midsize model exudes an enhanced sense of dynamism and sophistication, thanks to its sportier design accents. The Single frame grille has been expanded and flattened, with horizontal lines accentuating the front and rear’s width. The side profile is characterized by muscular contours above the fenders and a lower-set shoulder line, creating strong lines above the wheels that visually showcase the Quattro genes.

Audi A4 now comes equipped with standard LED headlights, while the top-tier headlights boast Matrix LED technology with fully automatic high beam functionality. Audi has been a pioneer in cutting-edge lighting technology. The exterior offerings are structured into three lines: basic, advanced, and S line, each providing a distinct look. Additionally, the S models and the A4 Allroad Quattro present an independent aesthetic. Customers can personalize their choices with 12 paint colors, including the introduction of the new terra gray option.

Inside the Audi A4, the serenely styled interior continues the theme of horizontal lines for an overall cohesive impression. The focal point is the large MMI touch display, centrally positioned and slightly tilted toward the driver, serving as the command center for the updated operating system. The new interior packages, namely design selection and S line interior, offer versatile combinations with the exterior lines and feature a plethora of colors and materials. The contour/ambient lighting package adds captivating highlights to the interior when driving in low-light conditions.

Groundbreaking: connectivity
The Audi A4 introduces a revamped MMI system, providing users with a contemporary smartphone-like experience. The traditional rotary/push-button control on the center tunnel console is replaced by an MMI touch display with acoustic feedback, measuring 10.1 inches. The graphics are intentionally clean, and the menu structure is designed with user expectations in mind, ensuring ease of use. The MMI search supports free-text input, delivering rapid results, while the natural-language voice control recognizes common phrases for seamless interaction.

Navigation in the Audi A4 becomes more versatile and user-friendly with the Audi Connect and Audi Connect Plus portfolio, offering online services like Car-to-X services. This leverages the collective intelligence of the Audi fleet, introducing features such as online traffic signs and hazard information, on-street parking service, and innovative traffic light information. The latter enables the vehicle to receive real-time data from the traffic light central computer, suggesting an optimal speed for reaching the next green light, promoting anticipatory and efficient driving.

Audi connects services such as emergency calls and services come standard, and the myAudi app seamlessly connects the customer’s smartphone to the car. The Audi connect key option allows locking/unlocking and starting the engine using a compatible Android smartphone. Personalization features permit up to 14 myAudi users to store their preferred settings in individual profiles.

Pioneering functions on demand enhances flexibility, enabling customers to add infotainment functions post-purchase via the myAudi app. A one-time, one-month test phase is available for customers to explore these functions, with the option to extend the booking monthly, annually, or permanently.
The new MMI boasts a third-generation modular infotainment platform, MIB 3, delivering impressive computing power. The system includes a spatially separate communication box for connectivity tasks and offers optional hardware modules like the Audi phone box and Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System.

The A4 models are equipped with various driver assist systems, grouped into “Tour,” “City,” and “Park” packages. Notable features include adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function, which, in conjunction with predictive efficiency assist, can anticipatively brake and accelerate based on Car-to-X messages, navigation data, and traffic signs. The available instrument cluster variants include two partially analog driver information systems and the all-digital Audi virtual cockpit plus, which operates through a multifunction steering wheel or a head-up display.

Broad-based electrification: the drive system
Audi is set to launch the A4 model line with an impressive array of six turbocharged engines. These engines cover a power spectrum ranging from 110 kW (150 PS) to 255 kW (347 PS). Starting from the Audi A4 35 TFSI with combined fuel consumption of 6.0 – 5.5 l/100 km (39.2 – 42.8 US mpg) and combined CO2 emissions of 138 – 125 g/km (222.1 – 201.2 g/mi) and reaching up to the Audi S4 TDI with combined fuel consumption of 6.3 – 6.2 l/100 km (37.3 – 37.9 US mpg) and combined CO2 emissions of 166 – 163 g/km (267.2 – 262.3 g/mi). It’s noteworthy that all engines, be it the four-cylinder diesel unit, V6 TDI, or four-cylinder TFSI, surpass the stringent limits of the Euro 6d-temp emission standard.

To enhance efficiency and comfort, three engine variants will incorporate a mild-hybrid system (MHEV) based on 12 volts, contributing to the reduction of fuel consumption. According to individual Audi measurements, this MHEV system can decrease fuel consumption by up to 0.3 liters per 100 kilometers in everyday driving.

The A4 model lineup offers a versatile selection of transmissions, including manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic, or eight-speed tiptronic, and a choice between front-wheel or Quattro drive. Each of the six engine variants is meticulously crafted to deliver tailor-made power transmission. Notably, all A4 models come equipped with an automatic transmission as a standard feature, showcasing Audi’s commitment to performance and convenience.

Sportily harmonious: the suspension
The well-balanced suspension of the Audi A4 perfectly complements its sporty character. Customers have the flexibility to choose between the standard setup and the sports suspension, catering to diverse driving preferences. Additionally, two adaptive suspension options are available to further tailor the driving experience. The first is the comfort suspension with damper control, which lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters (0.4 in) while delivering exceptional ride comfort. The second option is the sport suspension, available with or without damper control, featuring a more substantial 23-millimeter (0.9 in) reduction in ride height. This setup, with its heightened dynamic configuration, accentuates the sporty essence of the vehicle while preserving comfort.

Both controlled suspensions seamlessly integrate into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, providing drivers with the ability to customize their driving experience. This system extends its influence on other crucial components such as steering, dynamic steering, automatic transmission, and throttle valve, which are all optionally available to customers. Audi Drive Select empowers the driver to select from up to five profiles, dictating the behavior of these systems and allowing for a personalized and dynamic driving experience.

Diesel power: the Audi S4 TDI
Both S models within the A4 family, namely the Audi S4 Sedan TDI and the S4 Avant TDI, are now propelled by a potent V6 diesel engine, cementing their status as high-performance vehicles. The 3.0 TDI engine not only delivers robust torque, smooth operation, and an extended range but also boasts an impressive power output of up to 255 kW (347 PS) and a maximum torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft). Accelerating the S4 Sedan TDI from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 4.8 seconds, it achieves an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). This blend of power, torque, and efficiency positions the Audi S4 TDI uniquely in its segment.

The electric-powered compressor, a standout feature, ensures vigorous drive-off performance and virtually eliminates turbo lag, delivering immediate responsiveness across all driving scenarios. Integrated into a new 48-volt main electrical system, which includes a mild-hybrid system, this setup offers enhanced efficiency compared to the 12-volt MHEV system in the standard A4 models. The S4 TDI represents the next stage of expansion for mild-hybrid technology, based on 48 volts. The 12-volt subsidiary electrical system is connected to the 48-volt main electrical system via a powerful DC/DC converter. Notably, the S4 TDI incorporates a robust 48-volt belt alternator starter as the heart of the mild-hybrid system, capable of recuperating up to 8 kW of power during braking.

A compact, air-cooled lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 0.5 kWh acts as the energy management center, located beneath the luggage compartment floor. The mild-hybrid system in the S models has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.4 liters per 100 kilometers, offering both performance and efficiency.

The drivetrain consists of an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. For those seeking an even more dynamic experience, an optional sport differential is available, actively distributing power between the rear wheels. The S sport suspension, with its specific setup, comes as standard, providing a sporty driving sensation. Customers can further enhance this experience with the optional S sport suspension featuring damper control. Inside and out, various design details distinguish the S models, from distinctive exhaust tailpipes to the S mode display in the optional Audi virtual cockpit, underscoring their unique and high-performance character.

The consummate onroad and offroad experience: the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro
The Audi A4 allroad quattro, with its quattro all-wheel drive and a raised ground clearance of 35 millimeters (1.4 in), seamlessly blends exceptional ride comfort with impressive offroad capabilities. For those seeking an elevated level of comfort and dynamism, the optional allroad-specific suspension with damper control is available. Distinguishing itself from the A4 Avant, the allroad features unique details such as underbody protection, wheel arch trims, and slightly larger wheels with a 12-millimeter (0.5 in) increase in size. The wider track, six millimeters (0.2 in) at the front and eleven millimeters (0.4 in) at the rear, contributes to its distinct appearance.

The Audi A4 allroad quattro comes equipped with standard automatic transmissions, and customers have the option to choose the suspension with damper control as an alternative to the standard suspension. Similar to the A4 Avant, the luggage compartment offers a generous capacity of 495 liters (17.5 cu ft), expanding to 1,495 liters (52.8 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down and cargo loaded to the roof. The rear hatch and luggage compartment cover come with standard electric operation, adding convenience to the loading and unloading process.

For enhanced versatility, the Audi A4 allroad quattro features an additional offroad mode within the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. This system allows the driver to choose from six profiles, adapting the vehicle’s performance to different driving conditions and preferences, making the A4 allroad quattro a versatile and capable choice for a variety of road and offroad adventures.