Hands-on with the A4 Tech
WE RECENTLY DROVE THE AUDI A4 FROM DELHI TO AGRA AND BACK TO GET BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH THE TECHNOLOGY IT OFFERS TO ENHANCE THE IN-CABIN DRIVING EXPERIENCE. HERE’S WHAT WE DISCOVERED
The Audi A4 is the German brand’s midsized sedan, and besides boasting of Ingolstadt’s finest engineering prowess, it also packs a bevy of modern technological features that set it apart. We drove from India’s capital to the home of the Taj, Agra, to see what the A4, in particular its infotainment-based technology, was all about.
SPEAKERS AND SOUND
The A4 gets a 10-speaker sound setup with a six-channel amplifier and a sub-woofer as part of the stock system. With crisp, highquality sound and an impressive 180-watt output, the Audi Sound System is the perfect platform from which to enjoy great music or even receive directions that help you navigate.
MULTI MEDIA INTERFACE (MMI)
The Audi MMI is a sleek and slender 8.3-inch display that offers full-colour and provides a variety of functions. Using the touch-sensitive control panel that goes with it, or voice controls via a simple button mounted on the steering, you can select your music, navigate using the pre-loaded maps, play your music through various multimedia inputs, including USB, Bluetooth AUX, and more. The screen also doubles up as a smartphone interface when you hook up your Android or Apple phone via USB, and you can access apps (both in-built and third-party), contacts, messages and many other features besides. This smartphone connectivity allows for voice commands as well. Lastly, your MMI also doubles up as the display for your Audi Parking system which includes a rear-view camera, which along with virtual guidelines and proximity sensors ensures that your parking efforts are made swifter, easier, and extremely convenient.
The hero of the A4s technology portfolio is the virtual cockpit. It transforms what is otherwise a rather bland instrument cluster into a plethora of useful information. The meters can be shrunk to accommodate more space for maps and navigation in progressive mode, or you can choose to prioritise the dials and driving-focused information like your fuel efficiency in classic mode. The former is perfect for road trips, long and short, and ensures your eyes don’t have to stray too far from the road in order to see where you need to go.
WORDS HARKET SUCHDE PHOTOGRAPHY SANJAY RAIKAR