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AUDI A4 IS A BLAST TO DRIVE

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It is sporty, stylish and luxurious. To top it all, the 2018 A4 also comes with a standard quattro all-wheel drive. One cannot ask for a better ride in the small luxury sedan segment than this Audi.  
The A4 comes with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine developing 252 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 273 pounds-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. It can scoot from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.7 seconds with top speed electronically limited at 130 mph. The sedan is mated to an outstanding 7-speed S tiptronic dual-clutch auto transmission. A five-link front and rear independent steel spring suspension ensures stability and handling, especially around sharp turns and tight corners. And an electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering system conveys a razor-sharp, on-center feel to the driver.
That the A4 is an aggressively styled sedan is apparent by one glance at its single-frame front grille, enclosed by distinctly-horizontal xenon headlights. The well-crafted and intelligently-designed cabin is awash in niceties such as tri-zone auto a/c, three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, 8-way power heated front seats, aluminum inlays on instrument cluster and a/c gauges, start/stop system, 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat, power sun roof, ambient LED lights and a 5-inch driver information center.
In the event of a possible collision, Audi pre sense basic detects an emergency maneuver and prepares the vehicle and its occupants. Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, stability and traction control, front three-point safety belts, front/rear limited-slip differential, four-wheel antilock brakes, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard.
Undoubtedly, the small luxury sedan is a fun ride. Plus, it has got the looks, exterior and interior, that should appeal to any potential luxury performance sedan buyer. We expect this Audi to continue to give the competition (Mercedes and BMW, are you listening?) sleepless nights!

A4 (2.0T)
Tires: 225/50R17
Wheelbase: 111 inches
Length: 186.1 inches
Width: 72.5 inches
Height: 56.2 inches
Fuel capacity: 15.3 gallons
City: 24 mpg
Highway: 34 mpg
Weight: 3,626 pounds
Base price: $40,500
Web site: www.audiusa.com

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