Hello all! This is my second post (and a super long one) in MCF (First one was getting a PPS quote from Ace_GT). I have been following this thread for the past few months and I am posting this to clarify some questions and answers and our experience with PA.
First off, I want to thank Audi2016 and Carer for their reviews and feedback of their A4 B9 over the past few months.
I would also like to point out that its a family car. I am just a
prodigal son spokesperson and chauffeur second driver.
1. Why did we select the A4 as our next car to replace our BMW E90 320i:
After looking at a few reviews, doing numerous test drives and prices of various cars in its class (A4, XE, 3 Series and C Class), we decided that the Audi A4 is the most practical, spacious (Especially the rear), the best looking interior (as well as being high tech) and has the most attractive price point.
This was our selection matrix (from most important to least important) and its based on our personal opinion only,
i) Price: A4 > XE > 3 series > C Class
ii) OMV (Based on various posts in Conti Talk): XE > C Class > A4 > 3 Series
iii) Practicality: A4 > 3 Series > C Class > XE
iv) Comfort: C Class > A4 > 3 Series > XE
v) Interior: A4 > C Class > XE > 3 Series
vi) Exterior: C Class > XE > A4 > 3 Series (A4 B9 looks similar to the B8 and F30 is outgoing model)
vii) Handling: XE > 3 Series > A4 > C Class
2. When did we order our Audi A4 1.4l and how much did it cost:
We ordered on 30th of April, in Moonlight Blue with Virtual Cockpit, which cost us $157,499 ($149,999 + $7500) with an OMV of $34k and COE of $51k (Cat B). With
alot of some hassle, we also did not pay any penalty for not taking their loan and trade-in of our 320i (Which we actually sold it to a 2nd hand dealer for $4K more than what PA offered).
3. What freebies did we get:
Not much, just their aftermarket korean front cam and welcome lights (front doors only, which is still apparently OOS and not installed in our A4 yet).
4. How did we manage to get one with the Virtual Cockpit:
Honestly, it was a stroke of luck, blessing and timing. Just like most of you who inquired about the VC, we were also disappointed that our SE told us that there was no A4 1.4L in VC and the event cars with VC were all sold (My CEO and I were overseas during that week of the promotion). But we were fortunate enough to speak to the manager, who is able to see all the A4s that was arriving in SG. To our surprise, there was only ONE A4 fitted with VC in Moonlight Blue and black interior (both of which we wanted) which was arriving on the 5th of May. Had we not gone for the VC, we will have to wait till late June for the next shipment to arrive as the other A4s in Moonlight Blue in the 5th May shipment were all sold.
As we were only eyeing at the A4 in Moonlight Blue, we did not know whether the A4s in other colours have any fitted with the VC.
5. Why does the Virtual Cockpit cost $7,500:
The 12" Virtual cockpit comes with the MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch (Touchpad on the scroll wheel). This includes an 8" screen at the centre dashboard (as mentioned by Audi2016), built-in GPS and Audi connect (Wi-Fi hotspot, Google Earth and Google point-of-interest search).
Audi Connect also requires a Data SIM Card, which we had one
useless nanoSIM card lying around that was part of a Singtel MIO plan.
Currently, the advantages of having a VC is multi tasking, where the MMI screen at the centre dashboard is used for Android Auto and the VC is used for GPS:
6. Photos from the collection of our A4 yesterday:
7. Aftermarket mods:
Agreed with everyone in this thread who commented that 16 inch wheels were too small. Immediately after collection, we went to Leong Seng and had our wheels changed to used 19-inch S5 Rims (New ones were too expensive) in Matt Black with new 245/35 R19 Good Year F1 Asymmetric 3 tyres.
Recommended by Audi2016 from his post a few months back, chrome exhaust, rear sills, chrome steering wheel trim, S-line skirts and front chrome grills (Centre, lower left and right) were installed at Continental Klasse (which you can see in their Facebook page).