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Default 2022 Audi A4 Premium Review | A case for the base spec

Our family recently completed a big overhaul in our garage wherein we bought 2 new cars. I will be compiling my views about both of the cars in different threads with a common background and car selection story since both of them were selected hand-in-hand.

I will attempt to make a case for the lowest variant of two cars in completely different segments and price points and discuss whether it is worth going for the top end variant every time if the budget permits.

Introduction: The Garage Overhaul

When the time came for us to do a major garage overhaul, the task of selling, buying, and completing the associated formalities was entrusted to me by my family owing to my interest and extensive reading of TBHP. In the course of the last 2 months, I sold our old Nissan Micra to a big organized player i.e. OLXAutos; bought a used Honda Jazz from an individual, and sold our beloved VW Jetta to an independent garage that deals with high-end VAG cars.

And of course, we got home a spanking new Audi A4 on my birthday!

Our old trio: VW Jetta 2015, VW Vento 2018 and Nissan Micra 2014

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Our new trio: Audi A4 2022, VW Vento 2018, Honda Jazz 2019

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My parents are both not too tech savvy so it was me and my elder brother doing test drives, researching costs, and closing the deals.

The time to sell our 7.5-year-old 50k km run Micra Active Safety Pack had come. Bought when my elder brother first turned 18 for 5.8 lacs, it was the car both of us learned to drive on. It was our beater car and post the first four years of ownership (since 2018), we had used it liberally.

Taking the dog for trips to muddy hills and getting him back, going to intercollegiate football matches with 6-7 team members and our mud filled kits, parking it in the open in the college parking, and generally having fun with it. The Micra did it all.

The last couple of years we had serviced it at local FNGs and it was still working well. The tires were completely bald, it required a couple of major part replacements and the bodywork was in a sorry state with multiple scratches and dents over these 7 years including on the roof. We had never bothered repairing any since it was never used by our parents and we all agreed that we should use it as is.

But then, my brother started traveling outside Pune a bit more and the Micra was not highway worthy in the eyes of my parents. So, we decided that we should replace it with another hatchback.

Since we were changing cars, we casually came to the topic of also changing the Jetta. The Jetta was the most solid car we had ever owned and was extremely comfortable. Apart from a bit of diesel clatter, we loved the car and it spoilt us to the extent that we did not consider non European brands when it was time to upgrade. The decision to buy the Vento was also founded by our excellent experience with the Jetta.

Hence, me and my brother tried to convince our parents to keep our 6.5 year old Jetta with 1.25 lakh kms on the Odo as the new beater car for us. We were met with a strict NO which refused to budge despite several attempts from our side. 3 big cars in the crowded city of Pune was seen as a sin by my father.

Our hope was to keep the Jetta for us in place of the Micra and get a new car for my father. But that was quickly put to bed.

Replacing the Jetta is a monumental task for what it offers. It is the most reliable, sturdy, well built, economical and powerful car we had ever owned. My father had a couple of highway incidents over the 1.25 lakh km it was with us but he couldn't even feel it inside the cabin. Truly one of the best cars to ever grace the Indian Car market.

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Deciding the Budget:

Our parents set us a budget of 45L for both the cars assuming we would get 10 lakhs for the Jetta and Micra (combined age of 13 years and 1.8 lakh kilometres) and we would spend 35 big ones additionally.

This budget was decided after we saw that a new age Jetta i.e. the newly launched Octavia was retailing at around 34 L for the top end variant. So moving up a segment would mean spending a bit more than that.

The initial plan was to use 40L for the big car for my father and 5L for the smaller car.

We started searching for options for both the cars. It quickly became obvious that we need to go the pre-owned route to get a good hatchback as an upgrade to the Micra which is a full sized hatchback....

The selection of the Jazz is continued in my other thread linked here -

As you will have read or might read in the other thread, we were lucky enough to find a 2019 Jazz in absolutely amazing condition for which we ended up paying 6.5 L. It was a small premium according to me but well worth it for the peace of mind we got in exchange.

The purchase of the Jazz meant that our budget had been slashed to 38.5 lakhs from the earlier 40 lakhs for the big car.

Selecting a Car around 40 Lakhs:

1. VW Tiguan: The car we were sure we would buy till the pricing and feature list was announced. Disappointing was an understatement. Another huge blow for it was the fuel economy. The new car was sure to cross 1 Lakh km in the coming 5-6 years and we could not look past the 7-8 kpl economy in the city and 10-11 kpl on the highways. That was simply too low for us. ARAI claimed mileage of 12.8 or so meant real world averages of under 10 kmpl.

Add to that my parents both prefer sedans over SUVs.

Nevertheless, we booked an appointment for a test drive at VW BU Bhandari Pashan 3 days away from the day of booking the appointment. The morning of the appointment, we confirmed our appointment and then at 5pm went to VW BU Bhandari as decided. We were expecting to get good treatment being owners of two big VW cars, the Jetta and the Vento. To say it was underwhelming would be putting it lightly. We went in and mentioned that we were here for the Tiguan TD. The receptionist who was clueless ran to the manager to ask him about it. He himself was clueless. The 3 dealerships in Pune were sharing 1 car amongst them. He called up the guy who said he would need an hour and a half to reach there. We said we won't be waiting. The manager apologised and said he would get the car to our house at our convenience and would call to follow up.

That is the last we heard from them. No follow up for the car. They are not interested in selling anything but the Taigun and we left with a bitter taste in our mouth.
Very poor dealership experience. Rejected

2. Skoda Superb: Given our European car preference and my parents both preferring sedans, the Superb was the natural choice. Bigger, better and more luxurious than the Jetta. Well, in our case bigger wasn't exactly better. Our car parking is at the dead end of a basement parking which means we need to reverse the car a good 80-100 metres and then park it beside a wall. Our other car is parked right next to that. So if one of our other cars is already parked there, the Jetta required 2-3 forward- reverse adjustments to get it into the parking.

And my father is self driven 5 out of 6 days in the week. On the weekends he travels to other cities with our driver where he drives if he feels like it. In the city he drives himself. Hence, he himself said that I do not want the Superb or Camry in any case. It was far too long for our parking and for someone who is self driven. But I knew the Superb delivers the most value for the money.


My dad was neutral, mom thought that 40+ lakhs on one car needs to go to a premium brand and I was completely for the Skoda Superb, since we know that nothing beats the Skoda Superb in the VFM quotient. The space to cost, features to cost ratio for the Superb is higher than everything else. And since we were in December, I was hoping to get the Superb for 40-42 Lakhs OTR Pune for the L and K which meant a couple of lakhs discount which was quite achievable.

I called up all 4 dealerships in Pune, 2 owners with 2 dealerships each, and asked for a test drive 3 times each. They said no car available, no TD available and that cars will directly be available for TD post February with a price hike and some added features. Not one of them tried to take my number or name for a follow up when they do get the car. Pathetic experience again. There will be no discounts immediately when it is launched in March obviously.

I was still convinced that we should wait 8-10 months and get the Superb, but after couple of trips in an acquaintances' Superb (2019 L and K), they said that it was very nice but nothing too great over the Jetta. Rejected

3. Toyota Camry: Priced out of our budget and too long for my father's liking as well. Rejected

4. BMW X1/ Volvo XC40: We brothers were adamant that without four wheel drive, there is no point in buying an SUV and compromising handling for some ground clearance. If it was an SUV, the least it could have was some proper offroading capability. Also closer to 50 L OTR Rejected

5. A Class Limo/2 Series Gran Coupe: Maybe if my dad was 20 years younger and had this money at that age!! But definitely not for a family of 4 adults with 3 of them taller than 5'10. Classy and elegant >> flashy for us. Also closer to 50 L OTR Rejected

7. 3 Series/ C Class: Better specced for sure and better to drive (3 series) and better presence and luxury feel(C class). No doubt about that. But the base variants for both are more than 52L OTR which was simply not what we wanted to spend. So no point in going for that.

8. Pre Owned Low Run C-Class/3 Series: Since my father is not a huge automobile enthusiast, he wouldn't mind a base diesel engine since it would be better for the fuel efficiency as well considering our running. However, paying around 35-38L for 30-40k run 2 or 3 year old cars was not making sense to me. With my father's running, the maintenance costs would shoot through the roof after the car completed 5 years of ownership by which time it would already be 100,000 km old despite having been with us for only 3-4 years. Did not look at 5 Series/ E class/ A6 since they are a size too large Rejected

9. Audi Q2: When my brother first called up Audi Pune, they tried their best to unload a Q2 on us. There were unbelievable discounts.. easily upwards of 10 lakhs and the OTR was below 40 lakhs as well. But the car was simply too barren and again, rear seat comfort was nowhere in the picture. Rejected.

My parents have 2-3 different friends who have had Audis and one with a B9 A4 as well. All of them had only positive things to say. No one had suffered a large failure or unexpected cost in a combined ownership of 10+ years. We also have not had any issues in both of our Volkswagens touchwood (no ABS sensor issues, DSG problems). Hence, my father actually liked that Audi is the Luxury brand of the VW-Skoda group where some might think that similarities with lower priced cars are a bad thing.

Having seen the pricing for the new A4 to be 48/51/54 L OTR for the Premium/Premium Plus/ Technology at the beginning of Dec 21, my brother went to the showroom to check it out. My first question, is it really different from the Superb? And he responded with a resounding 'YES'!

10. Audi A4:

Is it smaller and less VFM than the Superb? Yes

Is it as good as the BMW 3 series to drive? No

Does it have the presence of a C Class? No

So what is it? It is a smashing all rounder is what it is. It gives you enough of everything and then some while looking and feeling much richer than the Superb, comfier than the 3 series and sprightly compared to the C class.

I had a hard time removing the constant comparisons with the other cars from my mind and seeing the merits of the car itself. But boy does it look good. Lights are absolutely stunning, central console is designed well and the overall fit and finish is extremely impressive.

I watch Carwow, a channel on Youtube in which the reviewer Mat Watson does a few very nice tests.

The first one and my favourite is the center console test in which you basically grab the center console and try to move it side to side. The whole centre console in the A4 is so sturdy that it did not flex or creak one bit. In comparison, the C class centre console does creak a bit under duress.

The second test is scratching the plastics in the interior and listening to the sound. Hard plastics make a large scratchy sound. For reference, our VW Jetta had soft touch plastic only on top of the dash and everything else, all the door pads, everything was hard. In the A4, all 4 doors soft and squidgy, leather for the armrests, soft material everywhere in the cockpit. Absolutely wonderful.

And the third one is the stick of truth which Mat pokes into the exhausts on cars to see if they are real. Glad to say the A4 passes this test as well. It just has some exaggerated surrounds but very real exhausts inside...one of the few Audi cars remaining that has them.

The dealership experience was really good. The SA was extremely accommodating, brought the car home twice when asked to, did not shove features down our throat at every opportunity and was interested in what we had to say. I was very impressed with him. He was polite and happy to answer all our queries not only before delivery but afterward as well. Coming from the Skoda and VW experience, this was miles ahead.

Me, my brother and my father all had separate test drives where we drove over bad roads and tried parking etc. We were extremely satisfied. And coming from the 6 Speed Jetta DSG and diesel engine, the NVH was on another level. Features like the Electronic Parking brake, Auto Hold, Auto Start-Stop were all completely new for my father and he was thoroughly impressed. My brother and mother were completely sold on the looks and the premium brand bug had bitten my mom who was convinced that this is the car we need to buy since she always dreamt of it ever since Ravi Shastri was gifted one in the 80s. Has to be one of the most brilliant marketing moves as it is still influencing decisions 30 years later. But my father was still reluctant to stretch our budget from 38.5 lakhs to 45L plus. That was quite a stretch. However since our old Jetta did not even have a reversing camera or Android Auto, my father was really pleased to see these features and agreed to buy the car at a good price.

Variant Selection,Negotiation, Booking:

Armed with the fact that we could not go above 45L, we started to negotiate. Since the Technology Variant was 54 on the price list, it was clear that no amount of negotiation was going to get it below 47 lakhs OTR and hence we did not pursue that.

We were in the last 15 days of 2021 and told them to check for any MY21 cars available at a discount as well. I spoke at length with the SA about the discounts on the A4 in September and October and referenced the many BHPians who managed to get the A4 under 42L for the Premium Plus.

He openly admitted that Audi India was giving dealers support to push the A4 at that time and that the same was going on now with the Q2 hence the insane discounts. I also called Audi Mumbai South and West for prices.

Since we did not need any loan, we were curt and told them that if we got the Premium Plus for 45L we would seal the deal and pay the entire amount within 2 days. Sadly, none of them agreed and the best we got for the PP was 46.8.

We took a couple of days to evaluate the differences between the Premium and the Premium Plus. There are 3 differences -

1. 6 airbags vs 8 airbags: For a GNCAP and EuroNCAP 5-star rated CKD car from Germany, we were satisfied with the 6 airbags present.

2. Single Colour vs Multi Colour Ambient Lighting: Cool to have party trick but nothing more. It is a good to have but definitely not a deal breaker since the Premium does have nice white ambient lighting

3. Single Zone Climate Control and No Rear AC Vents vs 3 Zone climate control with Rear AC vents: This one was hard to take. No rear ac vents? The Jetta had them, the Vento had them. How could the A4 not have rear AC vents? This is the one thing that will always irk me and my brother and was almost a dealbreaker for us. We told our parents that this is the only thing we have a problem with.

The price difference between the Premium and Premium Plus is 5.5 lakhs for MY2022. So it was really stinging us. As I complete my Bachelor's and my brother his Master's, we knew that we will be going out of Pune for further studies in 2023-2024. My dad is self driven 85-90% of the time he spends in the car. Whenever my parents go out, both of them sit in the front. Considering this, we concluded collectively that we can live with 3-4 mins of discomfort on hot days if there are 4 people in the car (something that happens around 10 times a year in our family considering we have 3 cars and 2 scooters) in exchange for 5.5 Lakh rupees.

In my opinion, they could have removed the 3 Zone Climate control for a Single Zone one. That is not at all a problem. But not having rear ac vents in a car costing 45 Lakhs is blasphemy. They have given some ventilation ducts under the seats which help in air circulation but that is a negligible offering. But well, it is what it is.

The MY2022 car has the Audi Phonebox and wireless charger as standard for all the variants. This was only available in the Technology trim in 2021.


I told my brother that we will buy the A4 Premium only if we get it at a price lesser than that of the Superb. Otherwise, I won't be able to justify it to myself. At that time, the Superb L and K was priced at 44.2 Lakhs while the A4 Premium was a cool 47.8 Lakhs. After multiple phone calls and visits to the Showroom, we had managed to get the price down to 43.5L OTR with the MyAudi Connect Dongle and Audi Mats (about 30k) accessories bundled in.

But the dealer was only willing to offer this price on an Ibis White car with the brown interior. Both the interior combinations are really nice in the A4 and me and my brother wanted to get the black and brown interior as it is rarer and would age well with the black plastics lower down.

But both parents thought that the dark interior and grey headliner made it seem smaller than it was and really liked the beige interior of our Jetta as well. So they vetoed down our brown interior wish and we told the dealer we wanted a beige interior.

For the exterior, since our Jetta was white, we wanted a change. But my father travels to many small towns across Maharashtra and the car is subjected to a lot of dust and other elements. So we decided against the Black and Navarra Blue since that would have to be maintained a lot. We went for the Floret Silver which will age well and is the easiest to maintain and the best at hiding scratches.

A few discussions later, the dealer agreed to give us a Floret Silver + Beige Interior Audi A4 Premium. I still thought that we could lower the price down by 1-1.5 lakhs and wanted to hold firm but it was already 28th of Dec and Audi had announced a 4% hike on prices effective 1st of January. So we finally bit the bullet and paid the full amount before the 31st of Dec 2021 with a delivery date of the 6th of Jan decided.

The car was in Aurangabad at that time in the plant and we decided that they would get the car to Pune by the 2nd or 3rd of January after which I would go down for a PDI and then they would send it for registration. All in all, considering that we got the RTI insurance with all the add ons from the dealership itself to avoid any future hassle, we thought it was a decent enough deal.

PDI and VIN check + a drive in an S5:

I initially was apprehensive about paying the entire amount before the PDI since it would place us at the mercy of the dealer. But they were adamant that post 31st Dec, the price would go up by 4-5 L minimum. Anyway, after the payment, we let them be till the 3rd of January post which I was calling them every day to ask if the car had arrived in Pune. 3 days went by and there was no progress as they told us that the transport lorry which carries 6-8 cars at a time was not yet full with cars and wouldn't be dispatched till at least 5 cars are allotted to Pune.

On the 6th of January, me and my brother had a frank talk with the SA and the manager saying that we had done what they had asked for and we don't care how, we want the car delivered by the 11th of January (since that is my birthday). To be fair to them, they took action and our car was brought down from Aurangabad in a single car truck which was owned by the dealership at their cost.

On the 8th of January, I called up our SA who said we were ready to go to the yard and do the PDI. I reached the showroom in our Jazz from where we would drive to the factory. As the A4 TD vehicle was not available on that day, he said we could take the A6. At that time I was casually looking at the S5 with Quattro and 360 hp standing on the showroom floor and he asked me, "Do you want to drive that to the yard?"

Me, a 21 year old who had never driven a car with more than 140hp, responded," Sure, if you think I won't crash it". And that was that. We took out a red Audi S5 with Alcantara interiors and I drove the 23 odd kilometres to and fro from the showroom to the yard. It was absolutely exhilerating. We drove on backroads with minimal traffic where I could do around 0-80 kph within 4 seconds and I would let up once I heard the 80 kph chime. And the best part was that even with the lower GC, it did not scrape any normal speedbreaker (of course I had to go really slowly, but still commendable). Further gave me confidence that the A4 wouldn't scrape its underbelly anywhere.

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When we reached the yard, the car was still in the truck with all of its doors, bonnet, roof wrapped with only the lower bumpers exposed. We took a walk around the yard and service centre (where I saw 2 R8s collecting dust :/ ) and then the car was unloaded from the truck in front of my eyes. The SA gave me the keys and said you can happily check what you want. I just took a quick walkaround, checked for scratches both outside and inside, turned on the ignition and checked if all the major electronics were working and then asked about a couple of smudges on the rear seat and armrest. He assured me that they are cleaned before delivery.

Then took a look at the engine bay and took a photo of the VIN and immediately sent it to my dear friend and BHPian fluidicjoy who checked the VIN for me and said everything was in order. The date of mfg of the car was 26th of November 2021. Considering that the Aurangabad plant was shut from early Dec 21 to mid-Jan 21, we were convinced that the car was as new as it can be. I gave the go-ahead to the SA and came back home satisfied.

Delivery Day:

As I turned 22 on the 11th of January, I was super excited for the new car. That is all I could think about as I came home from my industrial training and called up the SA to verify if everything was in place.

We reached the Showroom at 5 pm. My parents in our old Jetta and me and my brother and our driver kaka in the Vento. We had finalised a deal for our Jetta and told the buyers that we would handover the Jetta the day that we got the new car. So even they arrived at the Audi showroom to take the Jetta. We were without our third car for literally the small matter of an hour. It was planned to perfection!
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We took a photo of my father with his favourite Jetta, said good bye to it, completed the documentation with them and then proceeded to go inside the showroom where they videograph you and the entire delivery. After having some refreshments, the CRM team ran through all the documentation after which we went to the delivery area where the car was ready for us under the red satin cover for the unveil. All 4 of us unveiled the car together and did a small pooja, cut a cake which said 'Happy Birthday' instead of 'Congratulations' and then shared the cake with all the staff. The ODO reading was 34 km. Very acceptable.

After that, the SA explained all the features to my father and our driver kaka as me and my brother spent some time going around the car appreciating the end of a long and eventful journey. After everything, it was time to click some photos and the SA and manager were very eager to take photos with just the two of us and were telling my parents how diligent we were in handling everything.

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Indeed, it was only the first time my mom was seeing the car in the flesh and the second time my dad saw an A4 up close. The SA and manager also told us it was the first time that the purchase decision was taken entirely by the young ones (22 and 26...not too young) without the parents even coming to the showroom before that. After we were happy with everything, we drove off to go to our grandmother's house and show her the new car.

Really liked that there was around 200 km range in the car unlike normal car deliveries where you can only drive till the next petrol pump. When we reached my grandmother's house, my dad got a call from the hospital and had to go urgently. So he drove us all to the hospital and told me to drive the car home. At 7.30 pm, in peak traffic. In a small lane where a digger was carrying out roadworks. Bikes coming from the wrong side because of the diversion.

It took all the courage I had to inch the car slowly towards our home. I was so afraid of scratching it that a 7 min journey took us 20 minutes. As day turned into night though, we reflected on the car and my parents were really happy with it. And so were we...

After a week, the dealership sent us some photos, a well made film of the delivery and the Extended Warranty Document which cost us an additional 90k. So no worries now till 2027 and beyond as well hopefully.

Summary of our purchase:

Car: Audi A4 40 TFSI - (Floret Silver + Beige Interior)
Variant: Premium
Model Year: 2022

Price OTR: 43.5 + 90k (extended warranty)
Accessories: MyAudi Connect dongle, Mats
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Audi A4 Premium 2022 Review



  • Pros
    1. Extremely composed driving manners
    2. LED lights+allweather lights are really good
    3. High Resolution MMI screen feels like an iPad
    4. Very comfortable for 4 adults
    5. Very good fuel economy
  • Cons
    1. No rotary MMI controller
    2. No rear ac vents in this variant
    3. Usual VAG practice of cutting features which could easily be made available

Exterior:

The design of the Audi A4 B9.5 exudes class. Apart from the lighting elements, there are no flashy bits. In a sea of cars and aggressive designs, it will not stand out.

It is very much sensible and understated compared to the competition. But make no mistake it is an extremely handsome car. Well proportioned, strong shoulder lines and elegant. All door handles get chrome lining on the top and open upwards. They also get a small lamp on each handle to locate it easily in the dark.

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The black front grille in the Premium and PP looks extremely sporty in the lighter exterior colours like white and silver. The Technology variant gets chrome garnishing on it which does feel more premium but less sporty.

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The headlights and taillights are the stars of the show with the LED DRL eyebrow and the vertical elements in the taillights especially differentiating the car from the pre facelift model and other Audis.

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The rear design and cladding around the exhaust is in a matte brushed sort of chrome look which again looks really good without looking blingy. Never do you feel that the car is trying too hard. But look at one on its own and you will think that it is a handsome vehicle.

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The car comes which 17 inch wheels with Hankook tires installed from the factory. The Rims for the Premium and PP are these double spoked rims which look sporty but maybe Audi played it a bit too safe with the rim design for both the variants. The Tech gets single spoke rims. Both are 5 spoked.

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All in all, if you want some understated luxury, no better brand than Audi and the A4 is a great example of that. Clean lines, good proportions and no nonsense.


Interior: Front

The interior of the A4 is an exercise in minimalism and sophistication. It has lesser screens than other cars in its segment in favour of tactile buttons and knobs. I wish the MMI rotary controller was retained as it is really a joy to use and growing up, I always thought that the mark of a luxury car was this rotary knob since all the three Germans used it in all their cars.

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The interior is a good balance of form and function. The Premium and Premium Plus both get the textured Aluminium inlays which are solid and timeless. They do not look old school like wooden inserts and feel like they will age better than the Piano black offered in the Technology variant. Since the old Jetta had a lot of Piano black, we like the change.

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The seats are extremely well contoured and comfortable. The quality of the leather is very plush and it is very easy to get comfy in the front of the A4. All variants get powered seats with powered lumbar support as well. The lumbar support has a wide range of motion and helps on longer journeys. A small part of the front seats that rubs the seatbelt receiver is made with a suede fabric which can withstand constant rubbing. Good design again.

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The main design piece which is the long horizontal center console is something you only find in a premium car. The Superb, Tiguan, Kodiaq for instance have a vertical centre console like most other cars. In the A4, you are physically separated by a big wall in between the driver and front passenger. The car is lit up very well with very powerful lighting in the front and back. The door cards also get ambient lighting as do the footwell but all of it is white.

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The Premium Plus and Technology do get the 30 colour ambient lighting which is definitely a cool feature albeit not useful. Every single knob, control, button is illuminated as are the cupholders. The lights in the cupholders look really nice and is something you don't find in other cars. The build quality is just brilliant. No squeaks from the plastics, no gaps, nothing at all out of the ordinary. You can put your entire weight against the center console and it does not even flex, let alone move. The Aluminium inlays, door cards all feel solid when you knock on them. In most other cars, you hear a little bit of a hollow sound.

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All the knobs and window switches have a metallic knurled finish and are nice and clicky to operate.


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The Climate Control Panel in the Premium is different as compared to the Premium Plus and Technology. That panel is also used in the A5 and Q5 and is definitely nicer to use with the use of colour, the presence of a screen and the superb capacitive toggles to cycle through functions. The panel in the Premium Variant is not as nice or novel to use. It definitely has the quality as well as the finish and does not feel out of place in a premium car. It has piano black, knurled metal on it..but it looks a generation and a half old for sure. The knobs on it are easy to use and the functions are well laid out. It does not wow you though like the one in the more expensive variants. Still not worth the 5.5 L delta to the Premium Plus variant though.

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The center console also houses the yacht-inspired gear lever which is extremely expensive feeling and solid to use. Below are the Auto Hold and E-parking brake controls. The combined volume knob and power button for the audio is placed next to it and falls very nicely to hand when you rest your hand on the centre armrest. It is a really intuitive place for the control and my father especially likes this design. Just behind this is a small cubby hole designed to keep your key inside it. However it is such a snug fit that it does not fit with even a keyring let alone a keychain.



The removal of the rotary dial has freed up space for an additional large cubbyhole useful to keep an assortment of objects. Post that is an A-type USB port, another smartphone/sunglass holder cubby, a 12V outlet and the metal engine Start-Stop button which is nicely damped again. Above these buttons are a row of buttons which have the buttons to turn off the MMI screen, change drive modes, turn on park assist, turn on-off the auto start-stop function and some blanks. Sad to see that despite paying a hefty premium compared to Europe we get blanks.

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The center armrest is covered with plush leather and is adjustable for angle and can be slid forward and backward as well. Inside it is a C-type USB port, a wireless charging pad and some more space. The whole thing is called as the Audi Phonebox which is supposed to amplify your phone's connectivity in hilly areas etc. Haven't had a chance to test this. Basically, Audi wants you to keep your phone inside the armrest either for Wireless charging, C type for Android Auto or Carplay or for enhanced connectivity.

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The Sunroof controls, lighting controls, microphones and reading lights are all placed in a centrally located control module. A single button to turn on every single interior light is also a good thing to have when someone inevitably drops something onto the floor. The rear camera is of a good resolution and the Premium gets 8k OPS instead of 12k OPS on the Technology.

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The instrument cluster is part digital and part analog. There is a large multicolour screen with very crisp graphics which fills up the space between both the dials. The dials themselves are quite standard. Very crisp, clean and functional. Maybe the last car we will buy that will have analog dials! Since the Premium and Premium Plus do not have the virtual cockpit, and the Virtual cockpit in India does not support Google Maps, functionality wise you don't lose out on much. You have three different views in the large multicolour screen. The first one has multiple displays related to fuel consumption and driving statistics. The second one is your media screen where the entire playlist or album can be scrolled through and the song name, artist name, duration etc all comes up on the screen. Similarly, the third screen is the telephony screen which can load up contact lists and display all the details related to phone and messaging.

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Audi calls this the DIS- driver information screen. Using the DIS for media and calling and keeping the main screen on navigation is very seamless and an easy way to have a functional dual screen setup in which you get all the info you need easily. Coming to the main screen, it is loaded with the latest MMI touch MIB3 and works exactly like any tablet. There are configurable user profiles as well as a drag down notification bar like in any phone. The responsiveness, loading speed and resolution is as good as any car infotainment screen. Audi now uses this same 10.1 Inch touchscreen across it's entire model range right up to the new Q7. It is really bright and crisp although it sticks out of the dash just a little bit too much. On the one hand it looks a little out of place, but on the other it does come in the eyeline of the driver more easily due to the height.

The steering wheel is a good size and has clicky buttons on both sides. Also present are two scrolling knobs used to cycle through driving info or contacts, song lists or to increase and decrease the volume. The new Skodas with the two spoke wheels have metallic knobs in the steering wheel, something I would have expected the Audi wheel to have.



Interior: Rear


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The rear seats are very well contoured and extremely comfortable on long drives. The cushioning is on the firmer side as is expected from a German car. There is enough legroom for 2 six-footers to sit behind one another. The rear seats are also placed a little higher than the front seats. While this gives a great view outside and provides a better seating position, the headroom is a little bit tight for people above 6 feet tall.

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The centre armrest is large and well placed. It feels extremely robust and the car can carry 4 people in great comfort. The centre armrest also opens up to reveal a small storage space for maybe a small book or a tablet. The cupholders are a classic example of German engineering. A little more complicated than necessary but very solid and satisfying to operate.

The centre of the floor does have a large transmission hump which means carrying 3 adults for long periods is not advisable. A kid will be okay in the middle seat. The entire center seat folds down to give access to the boot directly from the cabin which is a really underrated feature. Keeping an umbrella in the boot for a rainy day and being able to take it out without getting out of the car is definitely useful.

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The only negative is the cubbyhole where the rear ac vents are supposed to be placed. Below is a 12V outlet for charging devices. Surely a USB port would have made more sense? The ventilation ducts under the front seats are not visible till the front seats are set to their front most setting. They are meant to improve air circulation to the back... and setting the AC fan setting to vent air from the floor vents at the front does push some cold air to the back a bit faster. But for folks who will spend more time at the back, definitely not recommended.

Apart from this glaring omission, the interior of the A4 is one of the major reasons we bought it and is definitely built to last.


Ride, Refinement, NVH, Steering:

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Being used to the ride of the Jetta, we have had only a positive experience after getting used to the A4. Definitely a tad firmer, it really settles down above 40 kph after which it is such a sorted car. Cabin noise is non existent. The car thuds in large potholes and bumps as opposed to crashing in them. You hear a solid thud when there is a sudden bump. It is not at all unsettling. Another major advantage of the A4 over the Superb and Octavia which is the independent suspension really comes into its own on Indian roads with their rough patches and undulations.

The engine refinement is on another level compared to the diesel Jetta. My father had a tough time understanding why the engine is shutting down at signals in the first week. The engine shut down and restart is extremely quiet and if you have music playing in the car, you hardly realise it.

Since he has a long trip every other weekend, he is loving the car and said that compared to the Jetta, fatigue after driving 150 km was much lesser than before. The upshifts are indiscernible and only the downshifts from 2 to 1 at really low speeds can be felt by other people except the driver.

The steering is really light and does not offer much feedback. It is a tad too light for our liking. It weighs up in the dynamic mode but the FE drops drastically. We have setup the individual mode to have engine and gearbox in comfort but the steering in sport too get a good balance.



Engine, FE and Gearbox:

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The 190hp and 320 Nm that the engine puts out is more than enough on our roads for any sort of situation. I think it is the perfect balance of power and efficiency since the 45 TFSI which is available abroad makes around 250hp from the same engine at the cost of efficiency.

The engine pulls linearly to illegal speeds without much effort. It is definitely not a shove in the back kind of acceleration but a more stately delivery of power.

We are getting 10-12 kpl in the city and 16-17 kpl on the highway in efficiency mode already. The car has done 1490 km in its first month and so I expect the mileage to go up slightly after maybe 5k km.

Despite the Octavia, Superb, Tiguan, Kodiaq, A4 all having the same engine, the A4 actually has the highest ARAI claimed mileage of 17+ kmpl. Since the engine is mounted longitudinally in the A4, it definitely is a little front heavy and the engine is very far forward.

Due to the same reason, the gearbox in the A4 is different to the gearbox in the VW and Skoda cars contrary to popular opinion. Due to the engine being mounted differently, the DQ380 cannot fit in the A4. The underlying dual clutch tech is the same but the feel of the gearbox seems to be a little different. Maybe they are tuned differently as well. Not sure. Maybe someone can shed more information on the exact differences.



Conclusions:

My parents will be going on a 1500 km trip to coastal Karnataka in the next week which should really allow the A4 to stretch its legs. The A4 is exactly one month old today and we have really no complaints from it yet. We are loving the car. The only worry we brothers have is that on a hot day, rear passengers will feel the pinch for a couple of minutes more. But we can live with that.

All in all, the booking, delivery and ownership of the car has been trouble free and I hope it will remain so for the years to come.

We were lucky to get a MY 2022 car at MY2021 pricing and we will be keeping the A4 for a minimum of 1.25 lakh km / 7 years after which my dad will get an electric car.

We as a family are plenty happy that we get to experience a Premium car brand as our last big Internal Combustion car! If we buy another big engined IC car, it will be from my own pocket and that is quite a few years down the line!

Thanks to BHPian Gungax for his review on the 2021 A4 Technology. Some of the points I may have missed have been covered by him. Thanks to BHPian fluidicjoy for all his inputs and help throughout.

To conclude, the base variant of the A4 is definitely more special feeling than the L and K Skodas even though they might have some more features. To get the same features in the A4 we would have to spend 5.5L more for the PP and 8.5L more for the Technology. Creature comforts are definitely good to have but a better driving experience is far more valuable. Hence, for well-specced cars above 20+ L, instead of giving in to the salesmen who pressure us into buying the top variant of a particular car for features that are mostly gimmicks, let's buy it for the engine, gearbox, suspension, NVH levels.....all the things that can't be emphasized on brochures and save us some money! A little bit of heart over head decision making will prevail in the end but all's well that ends well!
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The love for cars is very evident. Thanks for taking us through your journey of decision making. I think such threads give us a lot of perspective more on how to buy a car than what car to buy. Happy driving to your family and may this garage addition bring endless smiles!
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Congrats sauravpat on such a splendid car! I read your entire post (almost) and you have summed up the buying process in a very consumer-friendly manner. Anyone buying a car can use this as a guide about how one's thoughts are supposed to align themselves one after the other to finally come to a conclusion.

As for the car, it is, to quote Mat Watson here - " Bloomin' lovely".
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Congratulations Sauravpat on purchasing this elegant beauty, that too at a great price! At this price point the A4 makes great sense as opposed to the overpriced Camry. Wish you a blissful & safe ownership experience.
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Nice way of penning down the complete thought process for the car selection and finally the actual purchase.
Some of the points you have raised, really bring about the fine perspectives of why to go for the entry level variant

Great post. Keep us posted with ownership updates.
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What a well written car buying experience articulating the decision frame, criteria, alternatives, values and tradeoffs etc. How could you go wrong with this type of approach. Congratulations on your two cars. And you said you are 21!! Awesome! What was also very heartwarming was how the needs of the various family members were kept front and center in making the various choices. Wishing you all the very best!
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What a brilliant review and hearty congratulations on the most VFM Luxury executive sedan currently on sale in the market , wish you lakhs of happy kilometers.
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Congratulations, the car oozes class and elegance . The Audi A4 is the most sensible buy in the 40-50 lac price bracket( discounts are doing wonders for A4).
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Congratulations on the purchase! The A4 is definitely a classy car and even in the base trim, nothing looks out of place in terms of sheer quality and class. Wish you many happy years of motoring.
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Less than a year ago the 2021 A4 launch went down without anyone taking notice. I would have imagined a petrol only A4 to go down without a trace and now we have getting a new A4 on the forum every other week for the past 5 months. Heck we have more new A4s on the forum between August and January than we had between original launch in 2017 (even with the diesel motor) and 2021, goes to show how value conscious we are even when spending on luxury purchases.

Congratulations on an extremely well packaged car and here's wishing your family an enjoyable motor experience with the four ringer!

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To conclude, the base variant of the A4 is definitely more special feeling than the L and K Skodas even though they might have some more features. To get the same features in the A4 we would have to spend 5.5L more for the PP and 8.5L more for the Technology.
Cabin quality and feel with the feature list on the A4 Premium trim is anything but BASE spec, I'd happily settle for the same trim option for 5.5 lac lesser ever single day of the week and twice on Sunday!
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Congratulations to the family! Very wise choice and quite a deal that, amidst all the chip shortage stories. You have written it like an official TBHP review

Just wanted to ask, how's the ride with just the driver vs with all four of you? Is it a compliant suspension or on the "stiffer" side even when fully loaded? How about the ground clearance in real world driving?
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Its one of the most comfortable suspension setup amongst the European cousins.
Suspension is definitely not stiff and those 17 inch Alloys with good amount of rubber do contribute in keeping the ride comfy.
I have driven to Pune, Mulshi, Lonavala, Ahmadabad fully loaded with luggage.
There were a few speed breakers which scared me .I gathered courage , crossed my fingers and Voila!! No low belly issues. This is without taking any preventive measures like driving diagonally over the bump.
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Congratulations sauravpat on your new car. Looks really nice in silver.
A very well written review.

In an age of long waiting and increasing prices, the A4 is really good value. The premium keeps all the good bits from the technology and is a no-brainer at the discounted price.

The aluminium on the dash and centre console will definitely age well.

The missing features like park assist and gesture boot opening are not something I use every day even though I have tried to. These will not be missed in the premium variant.

Audi dealers all over the country have been very proactive and most prospective customers have had good experiences with them. This has definitely added to more sales.

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