The facelifted version of Audi’s 5th-generation A4 is now on sale in South Africa. Although this updated B9 isn't that different from its predecessor, at least not mechanically, its exterior design incorporates many of the latest Audi design elements, introduced by other models in recent months. The range also introduces Audi Connect in Mzansi.
The latest interpretation of Audi's single-frame grille frames the restyled front end, which also sees an upgrade to the Ingolstadt-based brand’s latest signature LED headlight patterns. Around the rear, the A4’s tail-light clusters also feature a new orientation of LEDs.
Although daytime LEDs are now standard across the range, only the premium derivatives will offer the option of Matrix LEDs, with their intelligent high-beam ability.
Audi’s renowned cabin architecture and digitally aware ergonomics come strongly to the fore in this updated A4. It has the company’s latest Touch Response MMI screen and 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit, although entry-level A4s will retain a combination analogue/colour display.
Big news with new A4, is that it introduces Audi Connect to the local market. Benefitting from an embedded SIM, Audi’s new A4 will offer incredibly precise navigation and active traffic rerouting, while also giving owners excellent OTA support, in the event of a breakdown.
For those Audi A4 customers who value quality sound when listening to a podcast or streaming media, there is also the option of a Bang & Olufsen Premium sound system, although its 3D acoustics are limited to the front seating area of the vehicle.
There are 3 engine options, across two configuration types. All launch A4 engines are petrol, with plans to introduce a turbodiesel early next year.
Most A4 customers will be in command of a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine, in either 35- or 40TFSI trim. Both powertrains feature 12V mild-hybridisation, which supplies energy to drive ancillary functions and is claimed to reduce fuel consumption by 0.3 L/100 km.
The A4 35TFSI produces 110 kW and 270 Nm, with its 40TFSI sibling delivering a more potent 140 kW and 320 Nm.
Customers who desire a more involving and rapid driving experience can opt for the S4, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, good for 260 kW and 500 Nm. Thanks to a recalibrated 8-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, the S4 has a 0-100 kph time of only 4.7 sec.
Audi A4 Price in South Africa (October 2020)
The new Audi A4 is sold with the Audi Freeway plan which is 5 years/100 000km.
35 TFSI Standard R644 000
35 TFSI Advanced R663 000
40 TFSI Standard R681 500
40 TFSI Advanced R700 500
40 TFSI S Line R726 500
S4 TFSI S specifi R944 500