Motoring review: Sporty character of the new Audi A4 delights

by Gazette Reporter

Words by Declan Glynn

Thanks to a new design language, and an almost completely new body (everything except the bonnet, roof and boot lid), the sporty character of the new Audi A4 saloon comes into play more than ever – it appears dynamic and powerful, while attractive and aesthetic at the same time.

A 2.0-litre petrol-powered engine (badged TFSI) is available with a power output of 150bhp or190bhp, while the diesel-powered 2.0 TDI engines produce 136bhp, 163bhp or 190bhp.

The latter variant features quattro all-wheel drive, ensuring optimum traction and driving dynamics.

Some of these engine variants feature a 12-volt mild hybrid system with a belt-starter generator and a Lithium-ion battery.

This technology allows, for example, a shutdown of the engine while driving, which reduces fuel consumption.

Two generously-equipped trim levels are available in the new Audi A4 – SE, and S Line, while a 7-speed automatic (S-tronic) is standard across the engine and model range – with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox reserved exclusively for the 150bhp petrol engine.

Standard SE specification includes items such as front and rear seats in leather, heated front seats, three-zone deluxe automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors and rear view camera.

Other features include Audi drive select, cruise control with speed limiter, Audi Smartphone Interface, LED interior lighting package, and electric folding exterior mirrors, which are also heated and auto-dimming.

Additionally, S Line specification includes 19” Audi Sport Alloy Wheels, S line front and rear bumpers, headlining in black cloth, decorative inserts in Matte Brushed Aluminium, black gloss look (area surrounding gear knob), scuff plates with aluminium inserts in front, illuminated, with ‘S’ logo, leather/Alcantara sports seats with ‘S’ embossing, and sports suspension.

The cabin of the new A4 remains simple, intuitive to use and stylish, while the Audi’s numerous aluminium and soft-plastic trims look classy and feel absolutely bulletproof.

No other car this size is quite as well built as the Audi A4, and the car feels like it will last for generations to come.

Pricing for the new Audi A4 starts at €40,520 (ex-delivery), and is available to test-drive and order now.

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