The 2017 Audi A4 has an icier stare and sharper creases than before.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
1
of 24

Audi's hexagonal "Single-Frame" grille is now more angular than before, and does a better job of disguising the bumper's strike plate.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
2
of 24

It's hard to tell from here, but the A4's wheelbase and length are up slightly, although overall height remains the same as last year's model.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
3
of 24

You can't see it, but the A4's underbelly is now enshrouded in order to improve aerodynamics. It's a big reason why the car's coefficient of drag has dropped down to o.23, making this Audi one of the sleekest cars on the planet.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
4
of 24

The A4's rear end is, like many sedans of this type, rather anonymous, but LED tail lamps help update the look.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
5
of 24

This photography car is in fact a European-spec TDI model, one of several different A4 models I drove on the launch. Text impressions are of the TFSI gasoline model.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
6
of 24

Not only has the belt-line crease been redone to flow into the hood shut line, the rocker panel's creases are deeper and more angular than before.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
7
of 24

These LED headlamps are optional, but bi-xenon units are now standard. Dumping conventional halogen headlamps meant Audi could go with a smaller, lighter housing.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
8
of 24

Two-piece tail lamps (now with LED illumination) are used to emphasize width and give the A4 a broader stance.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
9
of 24

Note the well-disguised camera hidden under Audi's iconic Four Ring logo.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
10
of 24

Multi-tone wheels are all the rage these days. These upsized alloys have both machined and charcoal gray surfacing.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
11
of 24

The A4 2-liter TFSI features a single pair of  chromed exhaust outlets on the driver's side.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
12
of 24

Redesigned mirrors now mount on the door skins and feature LED turn signals. Their mirror surface is nice and wide, which is good for visibility.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
13
of 24

This interior features a traditional and somewhat sober color scheme, but more assertive leather tones and trim colors are available.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
14
of 24

The A4's interior is all new, including a fixed (not retractable) center screen and a slimmer dashboard design that emphasizes width to help the cabin feel roomier.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
15
of 24

This interior featured aluminum trim, but real wood in both glossy and matte finishes is available.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
16
of 24

This leather-wrapped wheel is a new piece that's actually made out of magnesium to keep weight down. It features a commendably small airbag boss and an array of easy-to-access controls.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
17
of 24

The rear seat has better leg- and knee-room than before. My 5-foot-9-inch frame was comfortable enough, though I didn't have much headroom to spare.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
18
of 24

The dual-clutch transmission's gear selector has been redesigned. The placement of the P for Parking button near the driver's thumb takes some getting used to.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
19
of 24

Audi's longstanding thumbwheel switches are among the best in the business.

Note the cruise-control stalk, which incorporates controls for Audi's active lane assist technology.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
20
of 24

The optional Virtual Cockpit is a stunning piece of tech.

This particular screen showing the navigation system using Google Maps topography has the speedometer and tachometer minimized.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
21
of 24

The A4 features excellent new tri-zone climate control (driver, passenger and rear seats). The system uses a trio of TFT displays (the central one and two smaller ones to display temperatures in the knobs themselves), along with trick capacitive-touch toggles.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
22
of 24

Note how when you touch a button, new menu options can appear, or sometimes the system simply enlarges the iconography for easier viewing.

This system works easily and beautifully.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
23
of 24

At 17 cubic feet, the A4's trunk is appreciably larger than most rivals. With the rear seats folded, space expands to 34.1 cubic feet.

Get Your Local Price
Read First Take
Published:Caption:Photo:Chris Paukert/CNET
24
of 24
Up Next

How to connect an Android phone to your car with Bluetooth