Audi recently announced a slew of updates for many of its 2021 model year cars. The name of the game? Technology. While nearly all of Audi’s existing models are getting some type of tweak, we’ve identified a few noteworthy changes to specific models.
Both the low- and high-output variants of the turbocharged 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that power the Audi A4, and its sleeker A5 sibling, receive a 12-volt mild hybrid system and a 13-horsepower bump, bringing their outputs to 201 and 261 horsepower, respectively. (The low-output version is denoted by the 40 in an A4/A5’s nameplate, and the high-output version brings a 45 badge on the back. Yes, it’s as confusing as it sounds.) The 2021 A5 model range also grows, adding a lower-output A5 40 Sportback to join the existing A5 45 Sportback. Also new for 2021, even the lowliest of A4s will receive Quattro all-wheel drive, which comes standard on every A5 model.
Inside, revised equipment packages will bring wireless Apple CarPlay standard to across the A4 and A5 model line. There’s also a slick integrated toll module built into the rearview mirror, which, for compatible toll roads, will take the place of those cumbersome plastic transponder boxes.
For larger sedans like the A6, and its better-looking cousin, the A7, adaptive cruise control and Audi Lane Assist are now standard on the mid-level Premium Plus trim. The sportier S6 and S7 now arrive on 21-inch wheels and summer tires as standard, along with Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit Plus digital instrument cluster.
The Audi TT soldiers on another year, contrary to a rumor that circulated in March of 2019, gaining some impressive standard features for 2021. The TT and TTS will now get S sport seats trimmed in Nappa leather, MMI Navigation Plus, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system, among other tech features. The standard TT’s standard 18-inch wheels will now be fitted with all-season tires, but should buyers want that extra grip, there is now a standalone option for 19-inch wheels with summer tires. Step up to the sportier TTS, however, and 20-inch wheels clad in sticky summer rubber are standard. Buyers of the drop-top TT Roadster will now be able to enjoy open-air cruises deeper into the fall, thanks to standard neck-level heating, which is far less creepy than it sounds.