Not so good: fuel economy, ageing design.
Audi has long been one of the leaders when it comes to premium saloon cars, and even though it now branches off into almost every other niche in the market, its core business remains the midsize four-door saloon. Aesthetically the Audi A4 still looks well even in the most basic of trim levels, but upgrading to the S-Line specification does give the car a considerable boost in image.
In addition to this, this test car in metallic Scuba Blue makes for a pleasant departure from the usual palette of silvers, greys and blacks that tend to be the default choice for buyers. The addition of sportier-looking front and rear bumpers plus some impressive looking inch wheels result in a car that can still turn a lot of heads despite its relative ubiquity.
Opening the door and stepping in over the S-Line branded aluminium sills into the leather and Alcantara sports seats, you realise that Audi is still clearly winning the battle of best interior design in this category. The look, finish and feel of all the controls are spot on and go some way to giving the A4 that premium feel that is prevalent throughout its current range of cars.
Many of the controls fall intuitively to hand while the on-board MMI system is one of the easier infotainment systems to navigate. With the optional S-Line trim pack, the buyer also gets brushed aluminium inlays, black cloth headlining and a perforated leather gear selector. Under that deep blue bodywork is a hp version of Audi's venerable 2.
The motor does pack a fair punch, although the difference between this and the more powerful hp unit is noticeable - the price difference between the two may be a deciding factor for most. One aspect that was evident with the quattro system was an increase in fuel consumption in comparison to the two-wheel drive version.
Granted, some people will naturally prefer the added sense of security of having permanent four-wheel drive, but it is something to bear in mind when deciding on a purchase. When it comes to on-road handling the Audi is very surefooted and while more enthusiastic drivers may rue the lack of any high level of feedback from the electromechanical steering, it is still a car that you can drive quite precisely and with confidence.
The 'dynamic' suspension gives a firm ride, though is still capable of softening out many of the worst bumps in the road, even with the larger inch alloys fitted. The Audi A4 finds itself today up against some stiff competition, not just from other brands, but even from within the Audi stable. The keenly priced Audi A6 is not only outselling the BMW 5 Series, but it is also now eating into A4 sales, while at the other end of the scale is the desirable new A3 Saloon.
That said, the A4 has to date remained a strong seller despite the potential internal cannibalism by other models. This can be attributed to its ability to be a strong performer across many areas. Alternatives: BMW 3 Series : the new design is a little edgier than the Audi's, while a wide range of engines offer good fuel economy and now also available with four-wheel drive.
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