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

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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.

VIR­TUAL COCK­PIT

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

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