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The fifth-generation Audi A4 was finally launched in Malaysia last month. Available here in a single initial 2.0 TFSI variant (1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro versions coming in January), the B9 A4 is priced at RM248,900 on-the-road without insurance. Audi Malaysia is offering an early bird price of RM239,900 for this CBU imported compact premium exec.

The A4 2.0 TFSI is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo engine with 190 hp and 320 Nm of torque from 1,450 to 4,200 rpm. A seven-speed S tronic wet dual-clutch gearbox sends power to the front wheels, and 0-100 km/h takes 7.3 seconds on to a top speed of 240 km/h.

That’s a good set of figures, but for those who want more, the coming soon 2.0 TFSI quattro boasts all-wheel drive, 252 hp, 370 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm, and 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds. It’s Ingolstadt’s range topping answer to the BMW 330i (252 hp, 350 Nm, 5.8 seconds) and Mercedes-Benz C 300 (245 hp, 370 Nm, 5.9 seconds).

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The B8 A4 1.8 TFSI we have here is powered by a turbocharged four-pot with 170 hp and 320 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 3,700 rpm, paired to a multitronic CVT gearbox. The stepless automatic has been phased out for the B9, which uses twin-clutch autos across the board except for the top 3.0 TDI diesel engine, which gets an eight-speed Tiptronic torque converter auto to cope with the big torque.

It might not be obvious to some, but the new A4 is not another facelift of the long-serving B8, but an all-new model – every body panel is fresh and there’s a revised Modularer Längsbaukasten platform beneath. The MLB Evo, which is for longitudinally arranged front-engined models, also underpins the current Audi Q7. Depending on variant, weight reduction can go up to 110 kg.

This side-by-side, old vs new gallery in the same grey hue (both without the S line package) should dispel the facelift perceptions. The B9 A4 is sharper and larger (25 mm longer, 16 mm wider, 12 mm longer wheelbase) than the sedan it replaces, with 12 mm of the added length going into the 2,820 mm wheelbase. The B9 body is also larger than its rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Too mundane? Here’s how it looks like with S line, bigger wheels (17-inch rims here) and a brighter colour.

This extra size is translated to the cabin, which is spacious compared to those of the F30 and W205. But the best part is the dashboard design, which is classy and minimalist, a big departure from the cluttered red button cockpit of the B8, which was cool for many at that time. Fantastic quality and materials on display, too.

As you browse the gallery, note that the B8 featured here is a run-out model sporting RM38,000 worth of free upgrades. This 1.8 TFSI comes with the Technology Package, which consists of adaptive headlights, a rear view camera, Bang & Olufsen sound system, MMI Navigation Plus, Comfort Key and 18-inch Audi Sport alloys, up an inch over the baseline rims.

For more on the new Audi A4, check out our launch report, review and spec list on CarBase.my.


GALLERY: B9 Audi A4

GALLERY: B8 Audi A4