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Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Audi A4

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/3/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Audi A4

The fifth-generation Audi A4 may come with a host of technological innovations, but it's hard to notice any bold design changes from the previous model. For 2017, the Audi A4 grows slightly longer and wider but maintains its same basic shape. The big question is: Are the subtle design tweaks enough to hold our attention?

Up front, the Audi A4 features a new single-frame grille design that gives the car a slightly more dramatic look. The headlights are more angular and upright, almost as if the A4 received an eye lift. Even so, the new car is unmistakably an Audi, and the changes are subtle enough to remain undetected except by the most discerning observers.

Looking at the A4 from the side, you may start to notice that extra 1 inch of length over the previous model. Both the new and old models feature similar character lines that run across the top and bottom of the car doors. This year, however, the lines taper ever-so-fluidly into the headlights. Speaking of the headlights, those units look sleeker and narrower than the previous model. Character lines and new lighting elements at the rear give the car a wider, more athletic stance.

Perhaps the biggest changes occur inside the car. Look for an optional 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster, updated MMI controller, new smartphone interface, and plenty more goodies. One step inside, and you're certain this is a brand-new car.

2017 Audi A4© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi A4

Do you think the design updates on the 2017 Audi A4 are too subtle or just right? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week, we asked for your thoughts on the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. The responses were overwhelmingly positive.

Terrence Benjamin said, "Refreshing…Though the current generation Cruze looks good, this new design makes the current Cruze look somewhat bland."

"Refreshing for sure, interior is a definite step up and out of the last decade," Danpalma26 commented. Mark Hillard had an interesting observation: "Refreshing, an American Toyota Corolla in appearance. But with weight savings and new age GM engineering, this ought to be good."

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