The new A4 is bigger than the car it replaces, six inches longer in wheelbase and overall length and two inches wider. Although Europeans will have a choice of five direct-injected engines ranging in power from 143 to 265 hp, we will get two: the 3.2-liter V6 producing 265 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque and the 2.0-liter, 200-hp turbo four.
We had a chance to cruise around Italy for half a day in the V6-powered car with a six-speed Tiptronic transmission. The V6 pulled strong and smooth, and the ride felt greatly improved; the long wheelbase helps, clearly.
The interior is simply fantastic. A8 and R8 customers, let alone A4 owners, will feel at home. The comfort level is incredible, and the quality of the materials looks great. Audi’s string of gorgeous interiors continues unbroken.