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Old 05-18-2017, 07:30 PM   #1
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2016 A4 experience

Drove a 2016 A4 today (by the way, Silvercar is an awesome car rental company, only Audis - no, there is no BMW equivalent) and thought I would share my experience relative to my 330ci.

The Audi is a nice, tight car with a very well-designed interior. The seats are comfortable, it is extremely quiet, and the electronic geegaws are not super-irritating. It is very smooth and very comfortable for such a small car.

Comparably, my e46 has a much rougher ride. I have the sports suspension, but you feel the road, and all of its imperfections, much more.

The tradeoff, as I experienced it, was that the A4 felt significantly less responsive, and provided less feedback. When I move the steering wheel on the 330, I felt it in my seat, not so much for the A4.

It was the highway cruising where the 330 was just so much better than the A4. At 3,000 RPM, when I press the gas on the 330, I feel it. No, it is not a Tesla, but it acts like it is actually listening. The A4 was smooth, but not at all responsive at highway speed. It felt like a car that desperately wanted to be in cruise control.

Changing lanes was also disappointing. It just kind of moves over.

Braking was similar, but I have ceramic, so I suspect my bite is lower than what would normally be experienced.

If I could get the 330 connection with the road and the A4 interior, it would be the bomb.

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Old 05-18-2017, 07:38 PM   #2
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But you would NEVER want to work under the hood of an Audi. Trust me, they can be and are a nightmare to work on. They may the E46 look like a 1966 Chevy Impala with a straight 6 cylinder when compared to most Audi's.

And the funny thing is the Audi is probably 10 years newer then the E46 so the comparison is with a car that is another generation newer.
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:39 PM   #3
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And the funny thing is the Audi is probably 10 years newer then the E46 so the comparison is with a car that is another generation newer.
I know! But it was on my mind when I was driving so I thought I would share!
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Title says 2016, description says 2014, what year was the car, I assume 2016?
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:15 PM   #5
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But you would NEVER want to work under the hood of an Audi. Trust me, they can be and are a nightmare to work on. They may the E46 look like a 1966 Chevy Impala with a straight 6 cylinder when compared to most Audi's.
Something to do with the fact that they hang the engine way out over the front axle line per quattro's requirements...

The original 5-cylinder cars weren't too bad actually. I had a 4kq and it was pretty easy to tinker with, radiator to the side of the engine and all.

Part of me still wants a B5 S4, but the thought of working that engine...
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I had a b8 A4 quattro Premium Plus with Sport Package. The thing is, I really don't try to compare it to the E46, too far apart generation wise. My a4 was overall bigger and way quicker, but maybe not faster. I didn't have any problems, so I'm not sure how hard the car was to work on, buuut, the few mods I did do to it, were not easy. So far all the maintenance work I've done on the E46, for me, I consider it all quite easy. Judging by how both cars felt at cruise speed, I think in comparable generations, the BMW wins.
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The original 5-cylinder cars weren't too bad actually. I had a 4kq and it was pretty easy to tinker with, radiator to the side of the engine and all.
Yeah, I had an Audi 5000 with the straight-5 cylinder with a 5-sp manual and it was easy to work on... the only thing was it had a timing belt, and was a bitch to get the crankshaft bolt off.... one of the smoothest engines I've ever had.
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Yeah, I had an Audi 5000 with the straight-5 cylinder with a 5-sp manual and it was easy to work on... the only thing was it had a timing belt, and was a bitch to get the crankshaft bolt off.... one of the smoothest engines I've ever had.
I wouldn't call it the smoothest, esp. compared to a BMW straight six, but the sound and feel are very addictive.

I did the timing belt on mine too. I will say it was easy to get to with the radiator off to the side. Using the water pump pulley as a tensioner for the belt wasn't Audi's brightest move though.
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I'm currently leasing a '16 A4 and overall I like the car. My biggest grievance is the steering feel, but the rest of the car is spot on as a nice daily driver. It is quick, responsive, handles and is beautifully quiet and smooth on the highway.

Rented a '15 S4 and it was an enhancement of everything the A4 does well. As for the engine, I am pleased to see the oil filter on top again (hated the bottom canister on my previous '08 A4).

By comparison, I've sampled a few F30 loaners and they all were very similar to the A4 in terms of overall feel.
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