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Car review: The new Audi A4 focuses on refinement and not evolution

It’s the same drive you know and love from the Audi A4 series, but with an important engineering tweak: the engine.

The A4 is a well-known and loved model and had the honour of being the first car that Audi unveiled during inaugural virtual car launch back in July. Each successive iteration in the range presents further refinements from the predecessor, and the latest is no different.

The front of the new Audi A4 sports a more masculine look, thanks to the wider grille. On the side, the designers etched two creases. One runs across the doors and parallel to the road while the second sits at the bottom, creating a gorgeous interplay of light and shadow when the sun hits the car.

The interior is classic Audi intuitiveness, with no surprises. The seats are comfortably plush and shaped for the human body, the virtual cockpit is easy to use and presents the information the driver needs, and the back can fit three adults.

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The two creases on the side of the new Audi A4 are one of the biggest visual changes.

The two creases on the side of the new Audi A4 are one of the biggest visual changes.

The biggest tweak comes in its 2.0-litre engine. Audi has fitted it with the B-cycle combustion process. It’s not new technology, but it has finally come to the A4.

The B-cycle combustion process kicks in when the driver is not maximising the engine’s potential. In a nutshell, the engine mimics the efficiency of its 1.4-litre 2016 predecessor. Audi also fitted the new A4 with its 12-volt MHEV (mild hybridization electric vehicle) system that recovers power during deceleration and braking. These features translate to lower fuel consumption and a more efficient drive.

While the new Audi A4 isn’t groundbreaking, the refinements that the carmaker incorporated make sure that it continues to be a viable option for buyers looking for their next sedan.

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