Fall for the speed and control of the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro

This top-of-the-range car within the A4 family just proves that the only place you want to be is behind the steering wheel

byMAJ

There are two types of cars. The one you buy and enjoy sitting at the back with the most expensive leather money can buy. Heated seats that make you feel like you are having a foot massage all day long.

The main remote control, which looks like a communication gadget from Star Trek, allows you to dongle between modes and channels. Each display can be configured to your liking. To the extreme, you have cars that do not only display news, but also read the news. And controls are done by simple gestures instead of touching the screen. Talk about super luxury and technology.

Then there is the other type of car. The ones where the only place you want to be is behind the steering wheel. Like an ardent Formula 1 fan who does not mind putting his bum in front of the television to watch cars powered by 1600cc engines speeding at 320kph and spitting 60 litres of water every second on the rain-soaked track.

The Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro falls under the second category. It is at the top of the range within the A4 family.

Besides the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro, the A4 family also has the entry-level 1.4 TFSI and the 2.0 TFSI, and an S-line. The A4 is the German carmaker’s answer to the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

But the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro stands out for all the features, dynamics and performance you would like for the entry-level performance car.

Pedal to theMetal and itFlies

Audi Malaysia offered any of its A4 variants for the test drive. But I selected the top-of-the- range Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro. Like people say, either you go big or go home. For three days, the car was put to the test and it was not a disappointment.

The car is powered by a turbo-charged two-litre mill, churning 252hp and a torque of 370Nm and mated with a seven-speed S-tronic transmission.

The car speeds from standstill to 100kph in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 250kph.

The performance specifications already top other brands in the same class, despite some who may claim that with electric-powered device, their horsepower will be higher. This is a pure gasoline-powered turbo engine.

The Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro is indeed a comfortable and refined car to drive. For those with everyday routine journeys to work or the grocery shop, you will be impressed with the fine design and luxury.

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro

There is the child lock button for both back doors (Pic by Hussein Shaharuddin/TMR)

But like any car tuned for performance, this car screams when the pedal reaches the metal. It is like handbags and shoes that tend to speak to women when they pass a shop.

The Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro speaks in the same language at high speed. It can easily reach the 100kph mark in less than three lamp posts.

And you will be amazed at the control and confidence the car alludes at high speed both for a straight line test and those tight corners.

The all-wheel drive A4 2.0 TFSI quattro sticks to the road as two coats of paint. Changing lanes at high speed was a pleasure, much to the ire of others. Coming down the last corner of Kerinchi Link to Mont Kiara was like flying down a slide.

 

The sport suspension adaptable to your driving mode, the well-rounded Alcantra leather bucket seats, the all-wheel drive configuration, and the five twin-spoke “Star” paired with 245/40 18-inch Pirelli tyres makes driving fast a real pleasure. The colour tango red adds to the driving spice.

Features that Add to the Driving Pleasure

The A4 2.0 TFSI quattro is not all about performance. There are subtleties which add to the overall package. A sport steering which allows you to do most things from changing radio stations, to the preferred driving mode, to driver assist.

Having the navigation screen on the driver’s cockpit is a neat feature. It prevents you from being distracted and to shift your sight to the centre monitor display while seeking the next junction or exit.

A driver can make adjustments to almost all of his driving needs without lifting his hands from the steering wheel. Only features like air conditioner, traction control and start/stop button are not available on the steering wheel.

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro

The Audi virtual cockpit provides a futuristic, intuitive and engaging way for the driver to interact with and obtain information from his/her vehicle 

The driver assist feature, which would ordinarily be found in the more expensive models, would tell you of an incoming junction, to lift the pedal or entering a speed zone. It does replace the Mrs from telling you to slow down all the time.

What makes the A4 2.0 TFSI quattro a more worthwhile and complete package are the practical features. There is the child lock button for both back doors. A simple internal lighting activation and light touch for navigational entry. All these add to the joy of driving.

The only challenge for the A4 2.0 TFSI quattro is the pricing. The car is priced at RM294,900 for an introductory offer. While other models in the same class may sell for less (mostly helped by the electric car subsidy), for those who truly seek to lay rubber on the tarmac, you could not go wrong with the A4.

And if you really want to go all the way, take the quattro together with the Tech Pack, an optional virtual cockpit that offers top-quality high-tech features. You do have to pay extra. But the instrument cluster in the form of a high-resolution 12.3-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen presents information in a comprehensive and versatile manner. That, together with the Bang & Olufsen 16-channel amplifier, does heigthen the pleasure. The A4 2.0 TFSI quattro on its own is already an orchestra on fast wheels.