2015 Audi A4 Review
The Audi A4 in its current incarnation, and those before it such as the Audi 90, has always been a stalwart of European Roads. Whilst the rise of the crossover and SUV have had a direct impact on the 4 door market, there is still something to be said for the presence of a good looking saloon.
The German trio of Mercedes, BMW and of course Audi have dominated the market since they very much invented it, though at the time of writing, all are playing catch-up to the new Jaguar XF. BMW tried but ultimately came up short with very little updates apart from statistics on paper on the new 3 Series. And now it is Audi’s turn. But can the A4 continue to progress?
The Germans are known for playing it safe, especially when you consider that over 50% of Audi A4 sales will be business based. As such the visual changes are disappointingly minimal, not quite as much as the 3 Series, but heading close. There is a deeper shoulder line across the length of the car which makes a more of a statement. Along with minor changes to the shapes of the headlights we do however have the best looking A4 there has ever been. The thought of an RS is already making us dribble at the mouth.
Take a step in-side and that is where the real magic happens. The new A4 interior is something of a hybrid. There are minimal elements that we love from the A3 but you will also find a centre console which is bigger and more masculine than before, very much in-line with the current crops of A8. You then have the virtual cockpit display as a potential option which is of course ripped straight from the all new Audi TT.
Whilst not a true believer in the virtual cockpit, the whole thing seems to work. There are also more tailored options when it comes to trim, both in terms of materials, threads and of course colours. When you put all of these changes together, you find yourself in one of the most premium cabins around, and all for under a 30K price point. Not only does it feel just right, the overall feeling of space is one of the biggest bonuses. Whilst the overall dimensions have only slightly changed, internally Audi have managed to find 25mm in every direction. That may not sound like a lot but the whole thing feels a little like a tardus. An infinity of space that seems to go on forever. Feeling roomier than most current SUVs.
We then come to the drive and technology, a big feature and perhaps the icing on the cake if you are an Audi fan. The technology and driving aids are ripped straight out of the new Audi Q7 and to be fair, whilst not ground breaking, they work incredibly well in a real-life environment. Adaptive cruise control which will allow you to go through traffic (and even steer) with minimal effort is a highlight and amongst one of the best we have tested.
On the driving front, your experience will very much depend on the engine you choose and of course specification. 7 will be available at launch, with many of course built for higher miles per gallon and the dreaded lower emissions than pure driving pleasure. The one stand out is of course the 3 litre V6 Turbo Diesel. 272 brake combined with some 442 flbs of torque make it a joy to drive, especially through the Italian mountains. If you are going to be a personal user, you just need that extra power and feeling. Of course sacrifices are made, but you can still get a return of 45 mpg on a very good run.
Though it may be a less desirable lifestyle choice in recent years with the introduction of the A5, if you are looking for a 4 door configuration with great space that oozes style, look no further. The Germans are very much back, and along with the all new Jaguar XF, there are only two front runners in the 4 door saloon segment.