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10 Cool Features of the All-New 2017 Audi A4

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/14/2015 Scott Evans

Audi claims 90 percent of the 2017 A4 is all-new, but the car's dimensions and proportions have barely changed. Rather than follow the bigger-every-generation trend gripping the industry, Audi instead sweated the little details to come up with an all-around better car. Some of those details are pretty cool, such as ...

Door Handles

2017 Audi A4 For MT Hp© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 For MT Hp As you approach the new A4, the look of the door handles would seem to indicate you should pull on them to open the door. In fact, you actually lift them up. Audi says the switch was made after an internal study showed pulling up was easier and more natural, especially for people with arthritis and similar ailments.

Fixed Nav Screen

2017 Audi A4© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 One of Audi's key party tricks has been its retractable navigation screens, which hide in the dash when not in use. Although the A4's looks retractable, it's not. Audi decided to save time and money after a survey revealed almost no one ever actually deliberately hid the screen.

Sequential Turn Signals

2017 Audi A4 2 0 TFSI Quattro Rear Three Quarter 01© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 2 0 TFSI Quattro Rear Three Quarter 01 Hit the blinkers, and rather than simply flashing on and off, both front and rear turn signals will light up sequentially starting near the center of the car and illuminating outward. In addition to looking cool, Audi says the movement gets other drivers' attention faster than simply flashing the lights on and off.

Smart Ambient Lighting

2017 Audi A4 Avant 3 0 TDI Quattro Cabin© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 Avant 3 0 TDI Quattro Cabin Not only can you change the interior ambient lighting to more than a dozen different colors, but you can also link it to blind-spot warning system. This way, when you go to open the door, the ambient lighting in the doors will flash red if there's a car or cyclist about to pass the car so you don't door them.

One-Size-Fits-All Transmission

2017 Audi A4 2 0 TFSI Quattro And 2017 Audi A4 Avant 3 0 TDI Quattro© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 2 0 TFSI Quattro And 2017 Audi A4 Avant 3 0 TDI Quattro A4s have always been odd in that, while the engine is mounted longitudinally (front-to-rear) in what would normally be a rear-wheel drive configuration, it was available in front-wheel drive. This continues on the new car. On front-wheel-drive models, Audi doesn't install the rear driveshaft, differential, or axles and caps off the output shaft on the back of the transmission (straight Oldsmobile Toronado-style, though gear-driven rather than chain-driven). This time, though, the CVT offered in old base-model A4s is gone. Every A4 gets an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic, and if we ask real nicely, Audi might give us a manual transmission, too.

Remote Windshield Washer Reservoir

2017 Audi A4 Avant 3 0 TDI Quattro Front Three Quarter 05© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 Avant 3 0 TDI Quattro Front Three Quarter 05 Someone at Audi noticed that when you go to refill your windshield washer reservoir, there's a decent chance you'll spill a bit, dirtying up your engine compartment. To alleviate this concern, the reservoir was moved to the front passenger fender, just below the rear corner of the hood. That way, if you spill, it will drain down and out the bottom of the car, and the mess will be hidden (the European-spec Avant wagon is shown here).

Blacked-Out Radiator

2017 Audi A4© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 Not unique to the A4, Audi paints all of its radiators black. That way, you'll never see a shiny, metal radiator peeking out from behind the mostly black grille.

3-Zone Automatic Climate Control

2017 Audi A4 2 0 TFSI Quattro Cabin© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 2 0 TFSI Quattro Cabin Sometimes, you're just lucky to get A/C vents in the rear seat. In the new A4, you not only get vents, but you can also control the temperature to the degree from the rear seat. The other two zones are for the front-seat passengers, who get touch-sensitive controls that bring up hidden menus when you touch them lightly.

Full-Size Spare

2017 Audi A4 2 0 TFSI Quattro Rear Three Quarter 02© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 2 0 TFSI Quattro Rear Three Quarter 02 An easy way to save weight is to ditch the spare tire and replace it with a can of fix-a-flat and standard run-flat tires. Run-flats have stiff sidewalls, though, which hurt ride quality. Audi decided to suck up the extra weight and give you a full-size spare rather than diminish the ride quality (see: BMW).

Semi-Autonomous Driving

2017 Audi A4 Avant 3 0 TDI Quattro Rear Three Quarter In Motion 02© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4 Avant 3 0 TDI Quattro Rear Three Quarter In Motion 02 The A4 gets nearly all of the advanced safety features and driving aids of the new Q7 for a lot less money. This means adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and a feature that will prevent you from turning in front of oncoming traffic. Put them all together, and you have semi-autonomous driving on the freeway (the European-spec Avant wagon is shown here).

Want more on the 2017 Audi A4? Don't miss our 2017 A4 First Look RIGHT HERE!

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