Is bigger always better? Well, in terms of engine size, a number of car manufacturers have proven this wrong. The latest entry being from the ‘Four Rings’ is a new 1.4 L petrol powered motor.
In continuation of the introduction made to this article, ‘good things come in small packages’. And when it comes to packaging a product with just the right amount of panache and flare, no one does it better than luxury car manufacturers. The most recent example is the introduction of the new Audi A4, that comes with the smallest engine in the model range. The Audi A4 Premium Plus launched at Rs. 38.10 lakh, while the Technology Pack carries a price tag of Rs. 41.2 lakh, both the prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
As a result, the new Audi A4 is 95 kgs lighter but that is not just because of a downsized engine. The new B9 platform is also comparatively lighter yet stronger than earlier B8. Speaking about the engine, the 1,395cc motor generates an impressive 150hp of max power from 5,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm and 250Nm of peak torque from 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Moving to the interiors, they are as good as an Audi can be. Unlike its predecessors, the new A4 has a dashboard laid out similar to the new Q7 with a flowing dashboard design and generous use of wood and options to use a beige/black or all-black interior. The MMI screen displays all the required information about driving modes, audio source selection etc, however, does not fold unlike some other, more expensive Audi products. What is really alluring is the company’s virtual cockpit which is a treat to the eye and is safer when it comes to practical usage. Speaking of safety, the new A4 is equipped with airbags for all occupants, traction control, ABS and the works as standard.
So, should you buy one? For the price tag of Rs. 38.10 , we propose it should be a value-for-money proposition.