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The 2020 Audi A4 has arrived with a fresh look, new technologies, and enough engine options to make your head spin. While it’s technically a mid-cycle refresh of the same generation model that launched in 2016, the 2020 A4 looks and feels more than just a refresh. You can call it an all-new model because that’s what it actually is. The updates are significant across the board, so much that it’s hard to look at the 2020 A4 as a continuation of the current-generation A4 B9 model. Audi’s new compact luxury sedan looks every bit like the winner we all hoped it would be. Now it’s time for the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class to stand up and take notice. The 2020 Audi A4 is coming, and it’s coming with a vengeance. U.S. availability and pricing of the 2020 A4 have yet to be announced, but those details should come soon, ahead of the sedan’s scheduled launch later this year.

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Audi promised a significant redesign of the A4 and, like clockwork, that promise finally materialized with the debut of the 2020 A4. The German automaker didn’t just stop with the new A4, either. The entire family of models attached to the luxury sedan also arrived, including the S4 Avant, the high-performance wagon that has remained a forbidden fruit for customers in the U.S. Just like the A4, the S4 Avant is arriving in style. It still traces its roots to the current B9 generation of the A4 that dates back to 2016, but you wouldn’t know it once you get a good look at it. Most of the changes are cosmetic, though there are also a handful of technological updates that gives the punchy wagon an all-new model vibe. Unless Audi has a change of heart, it doesn’t look like we’ll get to see the updated S4 Avant in the U.S. anytime soon. Years have passed, and the S4 Avant is still out of their reach.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Traffic Light Information System Will Tell you How Fast to Go to Catch a Green Light

Audi has offered a system called Traffic Light Information (TLI) on some of its models since 2015 (i…

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Estates have always been looked upon as family and luggage haulers. They were never meant to be attractive, fast, or adventurous. These vehicles were boring, but very practical. But with time, estates, aka wagons, started getting glamorous and confident, and lately, even luxurious. One classic example of the same is the Audi A4 Allroad. Other than the slight body roll and the long tail, it is a perfect blend of a sedan’s ride and handling and an SUVs practicality and off-roading capabilities.

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Audi’s current sedan lineup consists of the A8, the A7, and the A6, followed by the A4 taking up the smallest slot of them all. Among these four-door nameplates, Audi also offers a variety of wagon iterations for added practicality. The A4 Avant takes up that space in the A4 family, and with the arrival of the 2020 A4 Avant, we finally get a good look at Audi’s new entry-level wagon in all its glory. Updates for the new wagon come everywhere, whether it’s the fresh exterior styling or the cleaner center console in the interior. The 2020 A4 Avant also benefits from the latest in Audi technology, not to mention a lineup of gas- and diesel-powered engines — with mild hybrid assist — that should cater to the whims and preferences of all the customers in markets where the A4 Avant is available. The 2020 Audi A4 Avant will be available sometime in the latter half of the year. Unfortunately, the U.S. market isn’t getting the 2020 A4 Avant, as has been the case for a long time.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Spills the Beans on 2019 Model Updates

Audi is gearing up for a raft of changes throughout its model range in 2019 that sees a number of cars get their facelifts done while adding some new models to the lineup like the e-Tron SUV.

German automaker Audi, part of the Volkswagen Group, is currently fighting an uphill battle against its core rivals in the executive and luxury segments. Audi’s global sales figure barely went up by 0.6% last year and, while 2018 stats look better, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are still the key reference points. In the U.S., Audi’s growth is a bit more visible, sitting at about 7.75% between 2016 and 2017, with the current trend seemingly still strong on its feet.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 BMW 3 Series vs 2019 Audi A4

The brand-new BMW 3 Series is arguably one of the most important launches at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The German compact executive sedan flexes its muscles in a class defined by the decades-old rivalry with Mercedes and Audi. The latter presents itself with the A4 which was launched two years ago but will undergo a subtle facelift for the 2019 model year.

BMW’s legendary 3 Series gets a seventh generation for 2019. Known as the G20, next year’s car has a new platform, is bigger all round and features bold styling even with the lower trim line option. BMW says it is sportier than the previous generations, but purists already lament the lack of a manual transmission.

The Audi, in comparison, is a car that’s already reached the mid-point of its production cycle. The styling is more conservative, consistent with Audi’s decision over the past few years to not introduce particularly eye-catching design cues. As such, the BMW might be the one you notice first, but the longer Audi shouldn’t be ruled out from the get-go.

Read on to find how the new BMW 3 Series stacks up against the Audi A4.

PostHeaderIcon 13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

PostHeaderIcon The Audi-based FitCar PPV is a Car That Helps You Get Fit Every Time You Drive It!

Have people made you feel guilty about taking your car to the nearby grocery store? Here’s a slap to their face known as the FitCar PPV. A Saudi-based inventor, Nasser Al Shawaf, and Dutch engineering partner, BPO, have created the world’s first calorie-burning car, the FitCar PPV. The FitCar is a genuine pedal-powered vehicle wherein you find a pedal mechanism instead of an accelerator pedal.

PostHeaderIcon The Audi A4 Ultrasport to Return as a Very Limited Last Stand for the Manual Transmission

Audi is dusting off the Ultrasport name and bringing it back one last time to coincide with the end of manual-transmission versions of the A4. The famous designation will return as part of the Audi A4 Ultrasport, a limited run of 40 units that will include three pedals, a stick, and a lot of extra goodies. No timetable has been given, but all 40 units of the A4 Ultrasport will be sold exclusively in the U.S.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Eliminates Manual Transmission From Its U.S. Lineup

The traditional manual transmission is not preferred by the new breed of customers in the U.S., and that’s the bottom line. We’ve seen a lot of automakers lately, providing only automatics in their offerings. The latest to go fully-automatic is Audi. The German company is replacing manual transmissions with automatic and dual-clutch gearboxes across its entire line-up. Why, Audi, why?

PostHeaderIcon The S-Line Competition Package Gives the Refreshed Audi A4 Some Extra Value

Three years after the current generation was launched, Audi has finally revealed the facelifted 2019 A4 sedan and A4 Avant. The revised A4 gets minor exterior upgrades and an all-new S-Line Competition Equipment Package, but for now, these updates are limited to the European market. We do expect the U.S.-spec A4 to get the same changes as well, but when that will happen is another story.

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An updated version of the Audi A4 sedan is making the test rounds in Germany, looking every bit like a model that’s on the receiving end of a few facelifts. The premium sedan is expected to be released a little earlier than expected as rumors continue to swirl around the current model’s sales struggles. If true, we can expect the updated Audi A4 to get a quick turnaround date, possibly as soon as the latter part of the year or maybe in early 2019.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad – A Visual Comparison

It doesn’t get much more “Volvo” than that old standby body style we all know and love. I’m of course talking about the station wagon, a favorite for both families and modern automotive journalists. The Swedish brand is certainly well-versed in this space, as is evident by the release of its latest wagon, the new mid-size V60. Officially breaking cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, stateside buyers will be happy to know that this gorgeous piece of extended roof goodness is indeed arriving on these shores to meet all your grocery-getting needs. But how does it compare against the competition? To find out,we lined it up against another luxury wagon, namely the Audi A4 Allroad, and gave ’em both a thorough visual shakedown, diving into the aesthetics, the equipment, and what’s going on under the hood.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Performance

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“Thanks to its tall suspension and standard AWD, the Audi is the preferred choice when tackling less-than-ideal conditions. On the other hand, the Volvo offers more power and fun, as well as potentially greater efficiency thanks to that hybrid set-up.”

Let’s kick things off with the performance side of the equation for both these wagons, starting with the new Volvo V60. Taking cues from its larger sibling, the V90, the V60 adopts the same engine lineup. These include three gas-powered units, three diesels (which are only offered in Europe, byt the way), and even a couple of hybrids. Each utilizes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the go-juice burning, with the base model T4 producing 190 horsepower. Above that is the 254-horse T5, followed by the range-topping twin-charged (supercharged and turbocharged) T6, which makes 360 horsepower. The diesels can be had in 150-horsepower, 190-horsepower, and 235-horsepower configurations, while the hybrids make upwards of 390 horsepower, plus the option for a mid-grade 340-horse configuration. An eight-speed automatic handles the cog swaps, sending power either to the front or all four corners, depending on the model picked.

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“The engine lineup is limited to a single turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque”

Moving on to the Audi, things get a different focus. For starters, quattro AWD is standard, which means this thing has more grip right off the bat. The engine lineup is limited to a single turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Routed through a seven-speed automatic transmission, it’s enough to propel the Audi to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. If you live overseas, you can also get yours with a variety of diesel options, which range between 218 horsepower and 272 horsepower.

On the surface, then, the Audi is slower, but that’s only half the story. Thanks to its impressive quattro AWD system, taller suspension, and rugged set-up, the Audi is also the preferred choice when tackling less-than-ideal conditions. The Volvo might be quicker, but it’s lower suspension and optional AWD put it at a disadvantage if you’re heading off the beaten path looking for that trail head. On the other hand, the Volvo offers more power and fun, as well as potentially greater efficiency thanks to that hybrid set-up. It really just depends on what you want.

2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Front


Now let’s check out how these two rides look. The Volvo is a truly striking piece of design, adopting the Swedish brand’s latest language. Right off the bat, it looks like the V60 adopts a lot of what we originally saw in the latest V90, and we’re liking what we see. The stance is low and wide, with vertical slats used for the central grille intake. The headlights also utilize something Volvo is calling “Thor’s Hammer,” with T-shaped LED daytime running lights that stretch across the center section of the housings. Lower aero fins house the fog lights in the corners and the bottom intake.

Side-by-side, the Audi A4 Allroad actually looks somewhat similar to the Volvo, at least from the front. The Germans use a simple, rounded design, rocking loads of polished metal. The Audi also comes with headlights that get L-shaped LED daytime running lights and vertical slats in the grille. The Audi, however, gets a larger opening compared to the Volvo, encompassing both the upper and lower portions into a single feature. Small fog lights are in the corners, framed by flat-black surrounds. There’s also a skid plate along the lower section of the bumper to enhance the wagon’s off-road worthiness.

2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Side


Moving around to the sides, we find the Volvo’s roof line is long and straight, falling back into the hatch at an abrupt angle. The window line lends the vehicle a forward-leaning rake, narrowing towards the rear end, while pumped up fenders and character lines enhance the look. Indents in the doors give it a bit more visual beef around the fenders, while the ride height is low, crouched over the large alloy wheels and relatively thin tires. More polished trim is used for the window surrounds.

By contrast, the Audi is much taller, rising above the terrain with an extra 1.3 inches of ground clearance when compared to the standard Audi A4 Avant. Standard spec throws in 18-inch wheels, which come wrapped in grippy Pirelli tires. The fenders and side runners are covered in a matte-black plastic that’s design to ward away bits of the landscape that get flung up while on the move, while tall roof rails enhance the wagon’s practicality. Polished “quattro” badges declare the wagon’s extra grip.

2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Rear


Finally, let’s take a look at the rear of these wagons. The Volvo gets a traditionally Volvo-esque design for the taillights, with L-shaped housings that stretch upwards towards the roof, adding to the car’s sense of tallness. However, this modernized vehicle does away with the frumpiness of older Volvos, and it brings the look into the modern era and makes it look good in the process. The hatch is wide and practical, with the taillight housings divided to make loading and unloading that much easier. Offsetting the tall taillights are horizontal layouts for the lower bumper trim and dual trapezoidal exhaust tips. A trailing edge roof spoiler completes it.

The Audi once again brings a skid plate feature along the bumper’s lowest edge, with aero slats added for good measure. The exhaust consists of a twin polished pipes pushed to one side, while the taillights are horizontal. The hatch looks equally as accommodating as that of the Volvo, but the roof spoiler is much more subtle. The rear angle also reveals Audi’s pumped-up ride height with a whole lot of clarity.


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When you break it down, these two vehicles are designed to tackle rather different lifestyles. The Volvo, is sleek and refined, the perfect pavement cruiser with lots of power (if desired) and a road presence that is undeniable. It feels elegant and stylish, and it’s got all the right features to make you the envy of the other soccer moms in the drop-off line.

Then there’s the Audi, which is far more rugged and versatile. The tall ride height and tough underbody cladding frame it as a solid alternative to the traditional crossover, and the standard AWD underlines that facet. It’s not quite as elegant and stylish as the Volvo, but it certainly has its own charm as well.

To sum up, then – the Volvo is great for the pavement, the Audi is great for everything else.

Which would you prefer?


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Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad.

PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.

Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Becomes the First Brand to Offer Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Connectivity Services

Audi likes to believe it is changing the world for the better, and it has now announced the latest development in its Audi Connect Prime services. This newest feature, which is being offered in conjunction with Traffic Technology Services, is called Traffic Light Information, and will apparently allow equipped Audi models to connect with the traffic light infrastructure in certain cities. The 2017 Audi Q7, Audi A4, and A4 Allroad will be the first models to get this new technology.

To put things simply, this technology will allow the car to receive real-time signal information from advanced traffic management systems across the United States. The link is created via the on-board LTE data connection and Traffic Technology Services’ company servers. For now, this feature will allow equipped vehicles to display the amount of time left before a traffic signal changes from red to green. It will be displayed in the driver information center and on the heads-up display if equipped.

Pom Malhotra, the General Manager of Connect Vehicles, said, “This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration. In the future, we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start / stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”

The city side of these services are set to roll out in fall of 2016 in select “smart cities” and metropolitan areas and new areas will be added “through 2017 and beyond.” Q7, A4, and A4 Allroad models built after June 1st will have the feature available when equipped with Audi Connect Prime services.

Keep reading for the rest of the story.

PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed's Top 5 Premium Wagons – 2017 Edition

At this point, it should be more than obvious that if you want a car with utility and space for at least five people, but don’t wanna join the crowd of crossovers you see crammed onto the roads, your best option is to get your hands on a wagon. Once a steadfast bastion of the practical, wagons have seen a sharp decline in popularity over the last few decades, the result of an all-out assault from the tall-bodied insanity of the current SUV craze. But fear not – the wagon hasn’t gone gently into that good night, at least not yet, and we’ve assembled five top-shelf options right here for your perusal and approval.

Rather than limiting ourselves to what’s currently available, we decided to look ahead in anticipation of what’ll be in dealers in the next year or so, including both existing offerings and those that have yet to be released. As it turns out, there are a few very strong entries barreling down the pipeline right now, which means buyers will have a nice selection of premium wagons when shopping in 2017.

So what’s topping the menu? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about TopSpeed’s Top 5 Premium Wagons for 2017.

PostHeaderIcon Audi A4 Allroad Quattro

If you’re in the market for something that combines comfort, practicality, and a little off-road capability, odds are you’re combing through a seemingly endless number of crossover models. But while the crossover’s popularity is unrivaled in the U.S., its jack-of-all-trades disposition is far from perfect, especially when it comes to things like maneuverability, ride quality, and driving dynamics. So what if you want all the advantages of a crossover, but in a decidedly more car-like package? Audi has the answer, and it’s called the 2017 A4 Allroad. Unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, this next-gen vehicle brings a revamped drivetrain, revised suspension, and even more features for the occasional jaunt into the rough stuff, making it a real alternative in a sea of CUVs.

Audi first offered the A4 Allroad in 2009, but the philosophy hasn’t changed – take the style and familiarity of a wagon, and infuse it with maximum functionality. To that end, Audi starts with the A4 Avant (a model that’s sadly reserved only for non-U.S. customers) and adds new styling cues and beefier hard bits. The result is something that keeps the easy-driving, good-looking wagon stuff, but adds a little extra for ski runs or traversing the dirt path to that hidden trailhead.

It’s a tempting combination, but is it enough to entice buyers away from the crossover status quo?

Updated 07/26/2016: Audi just released info on the U.S.-spec A4 Allroad Quattro, so we’ve updated the Drivetrain and Prices sections with the latest.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad.

PostHeaderIcon Audi AS4 By ABT Sportsline

The Audi A4 doesn’t get the same kind of adulation reserved for the R8 supercar or the attention that is normally commanded by the A6 and A7 luxury sedans. But ever since it first arrived in 1994, the A4 has earned the reputation of a model that brings out the Audi fan in a lot of people. It’s true that while it may the entry-level model in the German automaker’s premium lineup of sedans, the A4 has carved out an identity unique to its own.

That identity is also why a tuner like ABT Sportsline has spent hours upon hours of its time building programs specifically for the A4. The tuner’s latest work also speaks to the versatility of the A4 as the kit comes with engine upgrade packages for two engine variants of the sedan, one for the 2.0-liter TFSI that nets 330 horsepower and another for the 3.0-liter TDI V-6 engine that results in 325 ponies.

There’s not a lot of flash that went with the creation of this program. ABT Sportsline opted to keep it simple and effective and the results are what you see. Exterior upgrades are limited, although there are a couple of aero components that provide both cosmetic and handling improvements. A fresh new set of wheels also adds another layer to the A4, as does a suspension upgrade that ties everything together to create a more balanced ride for the sedan.

It’s fitting that ABT Sportsline embarked on building this program as it celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. The A4 has, for a long time, been one of its most tuned models, and with the release of this new upgrade, it seems that the tuner’s old habits aren’t about to die down anytime soon.

Continue after the jump for read the full review.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Teams Up With Cazzette And Laleh To Create Worlds First 3D Song: Video

There was a time when the quality of car sound systems just flat-out sucked. You couldn’t get any bass, while treble was scratchy at best. Because of this, the aftermarket car audio market grew tenfold, and manufacturers finally took the hint. Now, new cars come standard with decent audio systems and offer even better systems as optional equipment. One of the best “stock” systems going right now is the 19-speaker, 3D audio system from Bang and Olufsen that is available in new Audi A4.

With that said, it’s no surprise that Audi has its finger in the developing the first real 3D song, right? As it turns out, Audi has teamed up with electronic music duo Cazzette and the singer Laleh to create a song that takes full advantage of the Bang and Olufsen 3D audio system. The song is named Blue Sky was adjusted and mixed specifically for the 19-speaker system in the A4. It will make its official debut on May 23rd in the Audi A4 at dealerships all across Sweden, and will be released to the public on June 3rd.

According to the video, the people behind the song were able to give the sound a third level by using a specific algorithm co-developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits. These algorithms are said to add a vertical level to the audio, creating a feeling of height that hasn’t been heard before. For now, you can click play on the video to see a little background about it before it makes its official debut.

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