The 2016 Audi A4 - Evolution never looked this good

MArk Hurter

When was the last time you did something for the first time, the last time you did something with a feeling of anticipation and excitement?

Well as this journalist can attest I had that feeling when Johannes Smit, Sales Manager at Audi Centre Paarl handed over the keys to a brand new 2016 Audi A4 2.0 T TFSI and said “Go play!”.

Leaving Paarl for Franschhoek I had ample time familiarizing myself with head up display (optional extra at R11 974-00) and the different drive settings. In Efficiency Mode the A4 feels at peace with itself and the world, and it is perfect for the long haul, the fuel consumption at a claimed 4.9 liters per 100 km, but that would be under ideal testing conditions, a figure closer to 6.9 liters per 100 km would be more accurate.

The virtual cockpit is stunning, no more dials and such, just a very sporty computer screen display doing its bit to give you every little bit of information you could possibly want. It comes prized at just over the six thousand rand but cannot be taken on its own, you will have to fork out another 22k for the MMI Navigation plus MMI touch, these two work in conjunction with each other.

Another very nice have-to have is what is called the Matrix LED headlights. One should seriously consider this option. At night the headlights stays on bright but as soon as another vehicle approaches from the front the headlights dim automatically till the vehicle has passed and then switches back to bright again. Very neat.

The 2.0T TFSI Stronic Design that I test drove impressed with smooth power delivery, confident handling in the corners and when set in Dynamic mode more than ample power to make child’s play of any overtaking manoeuvre. The 140 kw and 320 nm (available from a low 1450 rpm) propels the car forward with confidence and quiet determination.  It is a biggish car, the perfect family sedan, the diesel version will be in South Africa later this year. Prized at R513 000 for the base model it offers oodles of value for your money. Best is to go and have a look, visit the stunning new Audi Centre Paarl and speak to the Sales Manager Johannes Smit, he will gladly assist.

Audi Centre Paarl is situated at Paarl Mall and can be contacted on Tel: + 27 – 87 – 286 3721 or www.audipaarl.co.za