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  • 2021 Audi A4
    RM 2,186/Month RM 206,525

Key Highlights

Most spacious among its key European rivals Only model in its class with all-wheel drive (2.0 TFSI) Full 12.3-inch colour display (Virtual Cockpit) is the highlight of the interior and segment
Suspension dialed towards ride comfort Best fuel consumption among non-hybrid 2.0-litre turbos (5L/100km) Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

Overview

Audi A4 2021 Review

It may come as a surprise to some, but there was in fact a point when Audi models were fairly popular in Malaysia – and even locally assembled to boot. These days have come and gone, of course, but one model that proved to be quite exciting was the Audi A4 – and that nameplate has been offered locally in various forms up until today.

Audi hasn’t quite managed to regain the footing they used to have in the market, yielding to their German and Japanese rivals in most market segments, but the Audi A4 is still something you can buy today. In the past it was offered with a choice of three different powertrains – a 1.4 TFSI, a mid-spec 2.0 TFSI, and a high spec 2.0 TFSI quattro. These days it is only offered in that highest specification as its sole variant.

Still though, the A4 is a remarkable car that has plenty to offer in its own unique way. Audi has never really pandered to the establishment and that has earned them popularity in a number of markets around the world, especially when the word ‘quattro’ is mentioned. The A4 is an executive luxury sedan that represented the cheapest sedan in the range, until the A3 was offered with a sedan variant.

This particular generation of the Audi A4 is known as the B9, and was launched her back in 2016 in its first iteration. A mid-life facelift was released globally in 2019, and finally offered here at the beginning of 2021. Prior to this most current facelift, Audi had offered a variety of different packages like the Tech Pack and S line package, but the current variant on offer has all of these boxes ticked.

Audi A4 2021 Specifications

Over the years the powertrain offerings for the Audi A4 have grown and shrunk, diversifying into subsets like the Audi S4 and Audi RS4 – the latter of which is available here as a wagon. Specific to the A4, however, the largest engine you can for it is a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit in a variety of tunes. The variant on sale here happens to be the most powerful, delivering 249 hp and 370 Nm of torque from as low as 1,600 rpm.

That performance is channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch type automatic gearbox known as the Audi S-Tronic. As the name of the variant suggests, the quattro system spreads the power out across all four wheels, giving the Audi A4 impressive traction as conditions become more adverse. The system here is one of the more mass-market consumer-oriented designs, not quite offering aggressive rear-biased torque splits or fancy rear differentials to shuffle power across the left and right wheels.

It’s interesting to note that until more recently, at least in parts of the world not dominated by harsh winters, all-wheel drive wasn’t really offered at this price point or level with an executive luxury sedan. Nowadays this has changed slightly, though where the sole Audi A4 variant offered here sits, it remains an exception with its quattro system.

The platform on which the Audi A4 is built is a derivative of the MLB architecture that underpins a variety of other models in the Audi range. The wheelbase is a length 2,820 mm, for an overall length of 4,726 mm and width of 1,842 mm. Proportionally, this generation seems more stretched out than its predecessor, trading a sportier edge for more luxury aspirations.

Audi A4 2021 Exterior

Even with the sharper looking package for the exterior, the Audi A4 isn’t as aggressive as it used to look. Sure, it has iconic eye-catching LED lights from tip to tail, but it doesn’t quite have the pumped out fender flares or the stance that older A4s had. In return, you have a luxury sedan that looks more prestigious, especially sitting on 18-inch wheels and tyres in a 10-spoke dynamic style with a graphite gray finish.

Audi A4 2021 Interior

Despite not having massive updates since 2016, the Audi A4’s interior manages to stay on par with the competition – by being futuristic to begin with. The floating infotainment screen is nothing new for your discerning luxury car owner, but the Audi virtual cockpit Plus was a pioneering addition by Audi in this segment, replacing the entire instrument cluster with a heavily customizable screen. Switchgear in the Audi A4 is also well thought out and designed, being futuristic and functional in the same breath.

Audi A4 2021 Safety Features

The safety suite found in the Audi A4 isn’t the most complex or comprehensive, with Audi not quite pushing advanced driver assistance systems and the car itself coming from the mid-2010s before an aggressive uptake in these systems being adopted in cars. There is still your usual assortment of electronic aids like electronic stability control, ABS with EBD, and hill hold assist. Six airbags are found throughout the cabin, as is a power-operated child safety lock for the rear doors and windows.

Audi A4 2021 Strengths & Weakness

If we’re talking about Audi models in general, there’s a certain sense of refinement and technological edge that you get with the design of both the exterior and interior, as well as the powertrain. Granted this isn’t really the case as rivals have introduced more innovative infotainment and connectivity systems, but Audi’s tagline of progress through technology is more than just lip service in terms of the experience.

More specific to this model, the combination of a relatively powerful engine and that quattro all-wheel drive system results in a car that’s a joy to drive, even in less-than-ideal conditions. It is rare that we have all-wheel drive cars at all in Malaysia short of the odd SUV or performance hot hatchback, so when we do get to drive something with all-wheel drive we are reminded of just how much extra traction they manage to find. This works both in terms of the driving experience, and peace of mind from a safety standpoint.

Unfortunately, Audi just doesn’t have the service network nor the back end support that its rivals do, and in turn this makes the A4 a tougher sell than it ever deserves to be. It is an impeccable product that can more than hold a candle to other offerings on the market, but the car ownership experience is more than just driving for the vast majority of consumers.

Audi A4 2021 Price

The sole variant of the Audi A4 that remains on sale today is the aforementioned 2.0 TFSI quattro variant, which goes for a retail price of RM 346,050.93 – inclusive of the 50% SST exemptions that are currently in place, and limited to Peninsular Malaysia. The pricing is also inclusive of a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Audi A4 2021 Features

Being what was previously the top-spec model, the sole variant of the Audi A4 on offer here has plenty of features throughout. Both front seats are power adjustable, with lumbar support and massage functionality for the driver seat. There a three-zone climate control system – two for the front and one for the rear. Keyless access and start are expected, but there is also a hands-free boot opening system included in the package. Ambient lighting, cruise control, and a birds-eye view camera system are all provided as well.

Audi A4 2021 Fuel Consumption

The manufacturer quoted fuel consumption figure for the sole Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro model on offer is 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres, or 14.1 kilometres per litre. Being a turbocharged car, this figure can vary quite largely depending on how you use the car, as running high outputs with the turbo constantly spooling will inherently consume more fuel.

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Key Details

  • Body Type: Sedan
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 1395 cc - 1984 cc
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Seat Capacity: 5
  • Price: RM 206,525 - RM 297,116

Key Details

  • Body Type: Sedan
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 1395 cc - 1984 cc
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Seat Capacity: 5
  • Price: RM 206,525 - RM 297,116

Reviews

  • Gokul

    20 Oct 2017

    2017 Audi A4 B9 1.4 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI quattro – A More Matured Proposition

    If we were to make a list of the most anticipated car launches of 2016, the fifth-generation Audi A4 (B9) would definitely have been among the frontrunners, as it was the final puzzle piece to complete the heavily contested premium compact sedan segment.

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User Review of Audi A4

4.5 Excellent
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Showing 11 reviews sorted by Latest Year
5 Excellent
Freedom
Owner of 2017 Audi A4

Nice interior & performance

Compare to c class or 3 series f30 it was so nice - Less
6 person found this helpful
4 Very Good
OOI
Owner of 2017 Audi A4

A 2.0 TFSI high HP engine

The car mark a higher price tag among same class competitor, but you wont regret having it. The drive performance and handling feel. Just need to take note of regular maintenance, check frequent on water pump and normal wear and tear. - Less
2 person found this helpful
4 Very Good
Norman
Owner of 2016 Audi A4

Perfect for the sensibles

Model: 2.0 TFSI with Tech pack (non quattro) Pros - adjustable dampers (very comfortable drive) - hotkey on steering wheel to change drive modes - high quality interior - matrix LED lights are fun - sweeping indicators front and rear are cool - looks better in red compared to 3-series/c-class/s60 - large practical boot Cons - could do with more power - stock rims look small - seats arent the best - no power boot - cant show waze on virtual cockpit screen - Less
8 person found this helpful
5 Excellent
Yee
Owner of 2015 Audi A4

I am satisfied

I own a audi a4, b8. 5, the car interior is a bit too old fashion. But exterior is still very eligant looking, car handling and fuel consumption is good. I own a Toyota vios before this one. - Less
2 person found this helpful
4 Very Good
Adam
Owner of 2015 Audi A4

Excellent Starting Point to Begin Your Eurotrip

I used to own a 1995 Proton Wira 1.5GL, the car had been in my family since Day 1 back in mid-1995 and has been a rock solid performer for over 24 years. Daily driver, school runs, family trips, and even carrying furniture when moving houses - this car can do it all and has done it all with no complaints. Being extremely reliable, and very cheap to repair and maintain, it's little wonder then that the mighty Wira sits amongst the legends of the Malaysian car world. Today, this legendary car still plies our roads as hardcore daily drivers for many Malaysians and to many owners of the Wira, the longevity of the car is a source of pride. I am one of these people too, and I still love my old Wira - with all the newer technological advancements, there will never be another car like it again. What I came to realise though is that my family has changed significantly over the last 24 years. I am no longer in school, my parents are retired and we are more comfortable now than we were back in 1995. In short, it's time I moved on from my first love to a car that is more at par with where I am today and a car that can keep me safe - and that's when I created my account on Carlist.my. I wanted a car that I could genuinely feel happy with and be indicative of the progress I have made in life and the achievements that I have attained. I also wanted a car that would keep my family and I safe in the event of an accident. After doing a lot of searches on Carlist.my, saving various cars into my Carlist account, talking to friends, and looking through Owners Club pages in Facebook, it came down to either a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, or an Audi A4 - the 3 big Germans in Malaysia. I ended up going for the Audi A4 as I felt that it looked better than the other two and the owners community is very active and helpful. I found a few 2015 Audi A4s on Carlist.my that appeared to tick all the right boxes, so I contacted the sellers, went for visits and test drives. A few weeks later I had found the one that I eventually bought and I'm very happy with the decision. I ended up getting a front-wheel drive 2015 Audi A4 1.8 TFSI from the facelifted B8 generation - or B8.5 as some call it. The car has a turbocharged 1.8litre EA888.3 (Gen 3) engine that produces 170HP and 320Nm torque - that's plenty of torque, it's positively a supercar compared to my old Wira! As those in the continenal car circles may know, the EA888 engine has somewhat of a poor track record in terms of reliability. The first generation (EA888.1) had a problem with timing chain tensioners that would fail causing the timing chain to become loose. This problem was made worse by a timing chain that stretched as time wore on. When the Volkswagen Group came up with the second generation (EA888.2), this problem was not fixed and this time around a new problem was introduced whereby new thinner piston rings caused engine oil to seep into the combustion chamber, causing engine oil consumption and blockages at the catalytic converter. All these problems though were finally addressed in the 2015 model year with the introduction of the third generation EA888.3 so if you get a car from 2015 onwards, you should be alright. The engine is mated to a 8-Speed CVT gearbox which Audi calls Multitronic. As far as CVT goes, this is probably the best there is in the market. The decision on whether or not you should get a CVT is largely based on personal driving preference. I was initially in the "Never CVT" camp until I did my first test drive of this A4 and while I'm not in the "Always CVT" camp now, I can say that I am pretty happy with this 8-Speed Multitronic box. There are some CVT specific characteristics that you need to get used to - for example, conventional automatics with torque converters always pull at the car when you are in D and have the brakes firmly pressed. This Audi Multitronic system on the other hand does not, when you touch the brake even slightly - it almost disengages the engine from the gearbox. So you can't creep along in traffic while still depressing your brakes like you can in a conventional auto, you instead need to let go of the brakes completely. But when you do, the car does not jerk forward like a conventional auto - the car sets of gently and gracefully, like Queen Victoria down the red carpet at her coronation. As a package, the EA888.3 engine, 8-Speed Multitronic gearbox, and Audi's superbly solid build quality creates a car that is powerful, quiet, and comfortable. The word I most often hear from people who experience an Audi for the first time is "smooth" and they are right, the acceleration is unlike any other car I've driven. I would say it most closely resembles an airplane at take-off where there is an constant uninterrupted surge of power that moves you forward ever faster. Before you realise it, you're already at the speed limit and craving for more! In my mind, the 2015 Audi A4 1.8 TFSI is a wonderful introduction for anybody who is interested in entering the continenal car world. It checks all of the right Germanic boxes - powerful, comfortable, and the most cliche of all - "solid". I don't think that my Audi would last as long as my Wira, but that's alright - I've come to accept that it's a fair trade between what I gain in safety, comfort, and performance and what I lose in super-longevity. - Less
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