On the legendary hillclimb of the 1284 meter high mountain in the Black Forest Freiburg House must show what he can of the new Audi A4. The beginning at 15-kilometer endurance test makes the big diesel, a 3.0-liter V6 with 272 hp including quattro drive and eight-speed automatic with sailing function. Per “Audi drive select” display all important travel programs via three buttons provide somewhat cumbersome sharp. A final confirmation, then do drive, steering, damping and ESP unison on “dynamic”.
2018 Audi A4 Review
As the CTO Ulrich Hackenberg came to Audi two years ago, the B9 was (as is the car internally) already adopted. “I could only change details, optimize the tuning, a few stylistic accents,” says the man everyone calls Hacki. That Hacki has a golden hand, we know the latest after arrival on the pass above the Rhine Valley. Never before was an A4 so quiet and comfortable, never been curve-hugging and strengthened in itself, has never been so lively and economical.
The cockpit is great processed, the super seats. However, the MMI concept is not always logical.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, a few minuses of Vorserienwagen has allready is. Among other things, a certain starting weakness, slight vibrations at traffic lights and in sporting damper stage, one to the center position somewhat indifferent superimposed steering system (extra charge), the partially overloaded and not always logical MMI concept. But there are distinct strengths. For example, the toll processed cockpit, very good seats, low noise level, or even the second three-liter diesel with 218 hp – a smoother and more frugal six-cylinder in a segment where the competition has to offer only four-cylinder grumpy. 2018 Audi A4 Review
Vehicle change. For the tour of the vineyards of the 190 bhp petrol engine is available. The burns the fuel for the first time after the “Miller Cycle” process. Here close the intake valves much earlier than usual, the higher pressure in the intake manifold thereby accelerating the mixture formation, the higher compression completes the improvement in efficiency. Only when the load increases, the variable valve engine provides enough power and high torque (320 Nm 1450-4200 / min). The other values of the A4 2.0 TFSI ultra speak for themselves: from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.3 seconds, 240 km / h, 4.8 liter fuel consumption per 100 kilometers (according to manufacturer).
The front-wheel drive is even with the wide 18-inch wheels not quite so sick on the road as the exemplary neutral 3.0 TDI quattro, the higher front axle load is compensated elegantly by the Torque Vectoring electronics. But even without all-wheel drive to understeer holds until the grip limit within narrow limits. Hard load changes in curves acknowledged the Audi with a short rolling motion around the longitudinal axis. Even with faster downhill of A4 delayed sovereign and directional stability. The new multi-link axles are committed to equal parts of the road holding, comfort and handling. 2018 Audi A4 Review