Audi A4 Avant 2017 – Review
It seems like every Audi A4 announcement is quite a dud. Not in a bad way, but it’s difficult for Audi to regain interest in a car model that have been delivering quality and customer satisfaction for so long.
That is why I felt rather underwhelmed seeing the new Audi A4 Avant for the first time. You know it will feature precision, sleek design, clever interior and quality. On the flip-side you also know it will lack spirit and personality.
As usual Audi have changed the front of the car with the new A4. The lines are straight, the headlights are LED and straight. The grille is chrome with black background, and rather huge. The back and side of the car looks like the previous A4, with some very minor adjustments.
The engine on my Audi A4 Avant is 150 bhp diesel and the drivetrain is all wheel drive (Quattro). When driving this type of car you instantly notice that it is built for long distances on the autobahn, the inside is quiet, almost too quiet. On paper the engine is weak, but Audi as usual managed to refine it to be quite snappy at certain revs and during my test week it never fails. Using the sports mode makes the engine even snappier and the rest of the car does manage to keep up. For being a heavy station wagon it takes the corners quite well!
The A4 I tested featured the S-tronic, 7 speed gearbox. Here I think the BMW 8 speed is soooo much better, the extra gear gives a much smoother and versatile ride. Audi also have too small gear paddles for manual shifting, taking away the sportiness.
Regarding the Quattro, I have previously said it’s among the best all wheel drive systems in the business. On the new A4 it continues to deliver, although the light rain on the motorway didn’t do it justice.
If I was going to own a fairly ordinary and comfortable car and was driving a lot on the motorway, I might go for the new Audi A4. However I think Audi has to watch out, they are becoming more and more expensive, while losing some of the passion and feel in the cars. Is there such a thing as too refined?