As it often does these days, for the midlife refresh of the A4 B9, Audi looked at it existing range for inspiration giving its premium compact sedan new lights, bumpers and grille that make it look like a smaller A6.
Fewer changes were implemented inside where the layout looks almost identical to the previous iteration. The B9.5 does sport a new infotainment system, though, with a touchscreen display and voice control, that’s responsive and easy to use.
All versions of the 2020 A4 get the large display and Audi’s virtual cockpit as standard, as well as a 40/20/40 split rear seat that makes it easier to haul different-sized cargo. The boot capacity remains identical to the pre-facelifted iteration and so does the space on the back seat. Should you not know what that means, we’ll sum it up for you in just a few words: pretty good for a premium compact saloon.
It also drives the same, being more comfort-oriented, so you don’t get the same pleasure behind the wheel on a twisty road as you would with an Alfa Romeo Giulia or a BMW 3-Series.
Now, Audi’s new naming scheme is quite hard to get used to, and in the latest A4, it includes the 35 TFSI, 40 TFSI and 45 TFSI petrol (gasoline) engines, with 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW), 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW) and 245 PS (242 hp / 180 kW), respectively. The diesel lineup includes the 136 PS (134 hp / 100 kW) 30 TDI, 163 PS (161 hp / 120 kW) 35 TDI and 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW) 40 TDI.
The model tested in review below is the 40 TDI, which unlike the rest of Audi’s offerings, does not feature a mild-hybrid system. It’s paired to a 7-speed automatic gearbox, a combo that makes it feel very German. That means that it’s not exciting yet it doesn’t disappoint either, but we’ll let the reviewer take it from here.