A beautiful combination of style, power and performance.
From the inside it’s clear that the new A4 is catering everything towards a more comfortable driving experience. However, the form also takes over function as the new A4 is completely loaded with goodies inside.
The interior of our test car came in all black and matt silver finish, exemplifying the sporty feel of the A4 S-Line. The pleasant ambient red lights make the interior glow at night without distraction or invading privacy. The electric powered seats provide full lumbar support, while the bucket shapes keep you sitting firmly no matter how you drive.
Included in the new A4 is Audi’s, now tradition, MMI navigation system with a clear and bright 7-inch screen inlaid into the dash, angled comfortably towards the driver. The controls for the system are just beneath the S-tronic 6-speed gearbox. It’s interesting to note that skipping an audio track is now done through a knob just to top right of the main MMI selection knob; something I found rather jarring the first time I tried to forward a track on my iPhone 4 and couldn’t see any such control button on the steering wheel.
Another unnecessarily awkward control scheme was for adjusting the A/C fan speed, which is controlled by the temperature knobs, except you have to press the fan button to adjust the speed.
Coming back to the good stuff, a cool new feature in the A4 is that you have a small space between the SD card slots for a SIM card, wherein a 3G SIM from Du or Etisalat can be used in the A4 to create a WiFi hotspot for all of your gadgets.
The driver lane departure warning assist is very intuitive and convenient, great for those blind spots when you just seem to not notice the other car. Meanwhile adaptive cruise control is helpful, but for the most part useless in the daily grind of Dubai’s traffic.