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Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro 2016 review: Top 5 reasons to buy video


You might not think it to look at it, but Audi's A4 has just evolved into its ninth generation and it's new from the ground up.

Lightweight materials, lots of clever details, a ton of new tech toys and safety gadgets, there's plenty to talk about. Here are the top five reasons we think you might want to buy the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro.

1. The screens

There are two screens in this top of the range A4. This 8.3-inch one standard across the range, and is run by the MMI dial on the console. There's a built-in sat-nav and music player or you can plug in a compatible Apple or Android phone for CarPlay or Android Auto.

The other is Audi's brilliant Virtual Cockpit, a fully-digital dashboard. Fitted as an option, it's fantastic to look at and also adds a slick heads-up display.

2. The seats

The front seats in the S-Line equipped A4 are fantastic. They'll hold you in all the right places and have good support in all directions as well as being electrically motivated. There's also a lot of adjustment to help you get properly comfortable behind the S-Line's flat-bottomed wheel.

3. Quattro

Audi's signature all-wheel drive system is standard on the top-of-the-line A4, channelling the 2.0 TFSI engine's 185kW to the ground through all four wheels. All that grip helps you along to 100km/h in under six seconds and means it handles like its on rails. And when the rain - or worse - falls, you've got the security that only all-wheel drive can give.

4. Safety gadgets

The A4 has a ton of safety gadgets standard throughout the range including eight airbags, all the usual braking and traction and stability controls but there's a couple of extras in the new one.

Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, collision mitigation and rear cross traffic alert to warn you from backing into traffic and there's also the very clever exit warning that flashes at you if there's a car or bicyclist approaching from behind.

5. The headlights

Even on the base model, you get LED headlights, but if you stump up a couple of grand, you can have the epic matrix LED headlights that throw a huge beam, detect oncoming cars and move with the stering. The matrix bit means that there's a few fingers of light and the computer blanks out the lights that might dazzle oncoming traffic. It's very clever.

Drawbacks

There's always something isn't there? Some of the options are very pricey, like the matrix LED headlights. The ride can be a bit rugged on the sport adaptive suspension and there's a few unexplained and persistent beeps, especially on start-up.

At a glance

Price from: $60,900 plus on-roads
Warranty: 3 years/unlimited km
Capped servicing: $1620 over 3 years
Servce interval: 12 months/15,000km
Safety: 5 stars, 8 airbags
Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo, 140kW/320Nm
Transmission: 7-speed auto; FWD
Thirst: 5.3L/100km
Dimensions: 4726mm (L), 1842mm (W), 1427mm (H), 2820mm (WB)
Weight: 1480kg
Spare: Space-saver

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