Automotive

/

Home & Leisure

2019 Audi A4 offers more than meets the eye

Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Automotive News

2019 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro S Tronic: The styling may not wow you ... but driving it just might.

Price: $51,250 as tested. The trim level starts at $40,500; Navigation and Telematics Package adds $3,000, and Black Optics Plus Package, $1,450. More is mentioned below.

Marketer's pitch: "Go on, you've earned it."

Conventional wisdom: Consumer Reports likes the "strong and fuel-efficient engine, ideal ride-and-handling balance, modern interior," but not the "costly driver-assistance features, status-quo styling."

What's new: The four-door sedan got a redo for 2017 and just gets some updates the last two years. I tested a 2018, which is the same except for a few new features.

Up to speed: The horsepower rating is down four clops from 2018, though, to 248. Still, it's a sure bet the 2.0-liter four cylinder still moves the vehicle quickly. Pulling the shift lever back to sport mode made for even faster acceleration; Car and Driver rates the 0-60 time at 5.2 seconds.

Sponsored Video Stories from LifeZette

In all modes, though, the A4 is rather low-key until it is pushed. The acceleration is gentle until the driver plants his foot firmly, and then things really begin to blur. Perhaps I needed more time to adjust, but even after a week, I couldn't stop feeling a moment's hesitation before the A4 responded, and then felt that it overcompensated, like a 5-foot-10 columnist sometimes calling himself 5-11 (depends on the shoes!).

On the road: The A4 just feels so nice. Its handling is competent and the ride is comfortable with just a bit of stiffness. Adjustable drive modes add to the experience. The Sport Package ($750) adds sport suspension, and Black Optics Wheel Package ($800) puts 19-inch wheels and summer tires on the feet -- but I wasn't able to compare the handling of a less tricked-out A4.

Still, while the Alfa Giulia invites the driver to start sliding through turns almost immediately, the A4 keeps things more under control.

Shifty: The seven-speed S Tronic automatic allows for shift capability through the shift lever or the steering wheel paddles. Shifting movement feels smooth and confident.

...continued

swipe to next page
Loading...

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus
 

--Ads from Google--

Social Connections

Comics

Mallard Fillmore Rubes Poorly Drawn Lines Gary Markstein Flo & Friends Little Dog Lost