2017 Audi A4 sedan
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It’s 2016 and there are no bad automobiles. There just aren’t.

Sure, I recently kvetched about the Maserati Ghibli. But, in the splendid programmes of things, the Ghibli is not a bad vehicle it’s just a little bit disappointing and arguably worse than its competitors. Not so long ago, gondolas used to be a lot worse than they are today. Make me clarify what I mean.

Until very recently, the 1990 s for example, even brand-new gondolas had a matter that buyers would consider unacceptable today. Some suffered from throttle pause or inadequate restraints, while others were just generally poorly built and suffering from good reliability. In the last two decades, through technological advances, almost every carmaker has ameliorated these problems.

You might think that would make a automobile reviewer’s responsibility easier. In detail, it’s had the opposite accomplish; it’s drew it much, much more difficult. That’s because nearly every brand-new vehicle is somewhat darn good.

They all go smoothly. They’re all pretty quiet. They are all incredibly safe. And they boast never-before-seen high levels of its effectiveness and refinement. Accordingly, dispersing the wheat from the chaff isn’t as simple as it once was.

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Once in a great while, though, a gondola comes along that stands out from the rest one that does not just most occasions better but all of the things better than anything else on the road. And, right now, the car that most stands out in the market saturated by marvelous brand-new automobiles is the 2017 Audi A4.

Surprise, surprise

When Audi unveiled the 2017 A4, at first blush, I was sort of underwhelmed. That’s because it looks a lot like the last generation A4 at gondola that, for all intents and purposes, was just “fine.” It was a good vehicle and a strong opponent in the compact luxury sedan mart. However, it never actually inspired awe or certainly forced me to give it a second thought. In this room, the last A4 was like Tobey Maguire good, but not revolutionary. You could easily forget it was around.

This new A4 is different.

Granted, the all-new A4 has been somewhat informed styling compared to the last A4. Broadly, though, from an exterior styling perspective, there’s not a lot of difference between the new and the old-time. And, although the 2017 A4 journeys on a new chassis, based upon its looks, I erroneously presumed the driving suffer would be the same, too.

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Getting behind the pedal for the first time, the 2017 A4 immediately filled my preconceived anticipations 😛 TAGEND

A new interior with a few nice portions of tech.

A nice driving tone, thanks to its refined and crispy new chassis.

An engine that is both spry and relatively efficient.

Good, but not revolutionary.

Funnily enough, I carried these preconceptions with me through the first six months of the week I drove it. “Yes, this is fine, ” I pondered, as I travelled from residence to labour and back again. “Yes, the engine is smooth and the dark leather interior accented by aluminum fragment has some neat features. But is it that special? ” I guessed it wasn’t.

I turned to my copilot and said, “This is the best car I’ve ever driven.”

Then something happened. I was driving south down the 405 from Los Angeles toward Long Beach when it impressed me like a bolt of lightning. I can’t tell you exactly what it was, though.

Maybe it was the fact that I had clicked the 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic drive into Sport mode and was full-throttling the 252 -horsepower turbocharged 2.0 -liter four-cylinder engine past some chuckleheads on the road that fixed me. Perhaps it was the perfectly carolled Bang& Olufsen sound system thumping away a flawless overpower that gave me into a euphoric unconsciousnes. Or perhaps “its been” divine intervention.

Regardless of what exactly transported me over the edge, at that moment, I turned to my co-pilot and enunciated, “This is the best car I’ve ever driven.”

“Really? ” he replied with stun. He guessed, like I had, that since the exterior of the A4 hadn’t changed much that the rest of it hadn’t either.

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21st century

As if I had projected it, I launched into a point-by-point exhibition of what I represent, presenting him all the standout boasts. I started with the compartment, which I believe is the prototype of 21 st century indulgence and why the A4 takes the new car cake.

Everything about the interior is futuristic and instinctively laid out. The fabrics, for example, are sturdy and of amazingly high quality. Zoom in on the smaller details like the compact climate control cod in the centre for human rights dash and you’ll find it is the perfect merger between visual and tactile elegance.

“Even the dang knobs feel solid! ” I declared, twisting the high temperatures dial.

I then changed my co-pilot’s attention to the screens. There are two of them. The first, in place of international instruments cluster, is the 12.3 -inch display called the “virtual cockpit.” Designed to restraint confused driving, the virtual cockpit puts all of the most important vehicle knowledge right in front of the motorist. Since it’s Audi, the info is packaged in a extremely aesthetically pleasing way.

“See, with the push of a button, I can run a 3D form of Google Maps in the centre for human rights or throw the speed up front, ” I explained.

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I then gesticulated to the center dash-mounted screen, which doesn’t look like a tablet that was fitted to the hyphen as an afterthought, unlike some of the A4’s competitors. I helped my co-pilot play games with the vehicle establisheds displayed on the screen via the Audi MMI joystick knob topped with a touchpad in the center console. There, he could also meet Google Maps, among many other screens, or adjust the vehicle drive mode.

By then, he was hooked. “This concept is so futuristic! ” he beamed.

While I generally try not to geek out too much on situations like screens and climate control buttons in a review, I do so here because they exemplify what the A4 gets right. These aren’t wholly distinctive features. Other European automakers offer 12.3 -screens and rapidly movable climate fixeds. Nothing, nonetheless, does quite with the same elegance or intuitiveness as Audi.

I should mention, detailing those highlights doesn’t even begin to address some of the other tech are available at the A4 like the full emblazon head-up presentation( HUD) or Audi Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Audi’s virtual cockpit

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Then we discussed the German sedan’s driving features. Depending on the drive mode( of which there are four ), the A4 can behave like a distinctly different auto, giving moves to literally dial the car in to suit their own tastes.

the A4 detects sturdier, more luxurious and refined than any of its competitors.

Dynamic mode, for example, ramps up throttle response, and allows the turbocharged machine to snarl a little bit. Dynamic mode too changes switching points in the brand-new transmission. What’s more, the committee is also toughens up both the exclusion and the guide. Alternately, Comfort mode has the opposite result, silent down and softening all the bits.

For fear of get bogged down in detailing the nitty-gritty, as I did that day while cruising down the 405, let me summarize. All concepts fully taken into account, the A4 perceives sturdier, more luxurious and refined than any of its competitors. It examines, drives, feelings and acts like a significantly more expensive auto than it is. And that’s not something I can say for any other gondola in its price range.

Well-rounded

Now, I’ll grant you that the A4 shortage some exterior excitement and some of the cars from its contestants are more visually petitioning. Frankly, it was this lack of exterior flare that gloomed my prejudgement of it. That replied, there is something to be said for having an anonymous luxury sedan. Not everyone wants to be gaudy or braggart with their car.

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Looking more broadly, let’s should be considered the 2017 A4’s situate in the market.

Audi’s home-country challengers have hung their hats on either indulgence and driving dynamics to distinguish themselves in the market. This, at a time when fewer customers care about rear-wheel drive boasts sedans and residence less inventory in wood-laden, old-world indulgence interiors. Meanwhile, for the past decades or more, Audi has defined itself with its tech.

I believe wholeheartedly such an attitude has allowed its decorators not just to be addressed the world today but instead the future and what vehicles will be and, even more importantly, auto customers will crave from them.

While other European carmakers are playing in automotive parameters set in the 1990 s, Audi is playing on the field defined by the 2020 s and beyond. You need not seem any further than the 2017 A4 for example of what that looks like.

Because of that, the A4 isn’t only “good” by 2016 guidelines like everything else, it is great and best available new auto on the road today.

2017 Audi A4

The Good

Most potent base engine in its segment Techie and refined interior Attention to detail

The Bad

Uninteresting exterior styling

The Bottom Line

If you are able to seem past the 2017 Audi A4’s evolutionary exterior styling, inside you’ll find one of the techiest, most refined and generally entertaining cars on the road today at all costs point.

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